Henan Provincial Museum
Set up in the year of 1927, Henan Museum is one of the oldest museums in China. Occupying 100,000 m2, Henan Museum has been attracting an increasing number of visitors with 130,000 pieces of rarely seen historic relics displayed.
Because of Henan locates in the Yellow River basin, one of the cradles of Chinese ancient cultures, the cultural relic items displayed here are of various styles and of great significance in the study of the Chinese history. As mentioned above, Henan lies on the bank of Yellow River, so she has experienced many badly floods, which, in turn, attests how tough the cultural relics discovered here are.
The main architecture here is the magnificent Chinese oldest astronomical observatory that is as tall as 45.5 meters with five floors, which is deem as the center of the Ancient China. The precious historic relics showed around the pyramid-like astronomical observatory are the living fossils for you to learn about the Chinese culture.
Opening Hours: 9:00 -- 17:00 (from Tuesday to Sunday)
Ticket Price: 20 CNY
Location: No. 8, Nongye Road, Zhengzhou
Transportation: Bus No. 32, 39, 42, 61, 69 and 251 will bring you here.
Yellow River Scenic Area
Shang Dynasty Ruins
Here are the ruins of the ancient city of 3,600 years old, which are discovered in the year 1950. It is home to the thousands of precious cultural relics, most of which are invaluable jade items reflecting the sophisticated technology. With a 6,960-meter-long wall as an impregnable shield, the Shang Dynasty ruins cover an area of twenty-five square kilometers.
Excavations here, and at other Shang sites, suggest that a ‘typical’ Shang city consisted of a central walled area containing large buildings (presumably government buildings or the residences of important people, used for ceremonial occasions) surrounded by villages. Each village specialized in a product such as pottery, metal- work, wine or textiles. The village dwellings were mostly semi-underground pit houses, while the buildings in the centre were rectangular and above the ground.
Excavations have also uncovered Shang tombs. These are rectangular pits with ramps or steps leading down to a burial chamber where the coffin was placed and surrounded with funerary objects such as bronze weapons, helmets, musical instruments, inscribed oracle bones and silk fabrics. Some also contained the skeletons of sacrificial animals and humans. Study of these human skeletons suggests they were of a different ethnic origin from the Shang – possibly prisoners of war. This and other evidence suggest that Shang society was an aristocratic dictatorship with the emperor/ father-figure at the apex and did not enslave its own people.
The large-scale excavation in Yin Xu has been continued since the last century. Apart from the 150, 000 pieces of oracles, abundant bronze ware has been excavated, and among them, Simuwu Ding, a 4-legged bronze cooking vessel is the biggest and heaviest bronze ware ever found worldwide. In addition to the oracles and bronze ware, people have also excavated much pottery ware and jade. The excavation is still in progress and great discoveries come forth from time to time. As a famous archeologist has said, more treasures are waiting to be found here.
It is of great significance in not only the historical relics of Chinese culture but also the human civilization of the whole world.
Opening Hours: 8:00 -- 18:00
Ticket Price: 90 CNY
Location: in the suburban of the Zhengzhou City, Henan Province
Transportation: Bus No. 1, 15 and 18 from downtown Anyang to Yin Xu Station will bring you here.
Mt. Songshan Monastery
Since the completion around the year 210 BC, the monastery has experienced centuries of history, which, however, has been preserved amazingly well. With a splendid ancient architecture group lying peaceful inside its hug, this monastery enjoys a high reputation and population among the visitors who have ever come to have a close touch.
Although being embraced by marvelous mountains in every direction, the monastery is still shinning due to the magnificent buildings that is said to be the largest, oldest and best-preserved architecture group. For such an ancient architecture groups with a large scale of 110,000 m2, every single building with red walls and golden roofs looks like an old man who can tell you stories in the ancient China.
The monastery lies at the southern foot of Mt. Songshan and is hemmed in by mountains. In the monastery stands a pagoda, 40 meters in height and has 10 stories. It is the oldest brick and mud pagoda in China that has attracted an increasing number of tourists.
Opening Hours: 8:00 --17:00
Ticket Price: 30 CNY
Location: Dengfeng City, Henan Province
Transportation: Bus No. 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, and 9 will bring you here.
This observatory, built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1370), is the oldest well-preserved observatory in China. It enjoys a high reputation in the world for being of great significance in the study of the development of world’s astronomy and architecture.
The astronomer Guo Shoujing (1231-1314) designed this particular observatory in 1276, at the beginning of the Yuan period. The building is an angular construction made of brick and stone and stands 9.46 m high. A 31.9-meter-long stone rod stretches out in front of the building and is used to measure the sun's shadow. Based upon his own diagrams and with the aid of information collected by other observatories, Guo Shoujing worked out a calendar that corresponds to the present-day Gregorian calendar. A calculation that he made of the amount of time that it takes the earth to revolve around the sun was off by only 26 seconds.
This centuries old observatory is still of great value in the observation of the astronomy, from where you can have a try by using the ancient instruments to learn how the astronomers study the astronomy in the ancient time.
Opening Hours: 8:00 -- 18:00
Ticket Price: 40 CNY
Location: Gaocheng Town, Dengfeng County, Zhengzhou
Transportation: Bus and tour bus will bring you here directly
Songyang Academy of Classical Learning
Songyang Academy of Classical Learning, built in the Northern Wei Dynasty (368-534), is a member of the top four Chinese ancient academy of classical learning, together with Yingtian Academy in Suizhou of Henan, Yuelu Academy in Hunan, Bailudong Academy in Jiangxi. Having experienced centuries of changes, it won great reputation for the splendid cultural relics and the beautiful sceneries around.
The buildings of the academy are old but elegant. There are over 100 rooms covering more than 10000 square meters. The center axis consists of 5-yard groups. At the west side, there are two high and old cypresses named 'Great General' and 'Second General'. The Great General has a biggest trunk perimeter of 6 meters and a height of about 15 meters, while the Second General has a perimeter of some 12 meters and a height of about 20 meters. They are the oldest cypresses with over 2000 years of history, now they boast the oldest and biggest existing trees of the kind in China. At the gate of the academy on the southwestern side, stands an 8-meter-tall Tang Tablet, which was erected in the 3rd year (744 AD) of the Emperor Xuanzong in the Tang Dynasty. It is the largest stele in Henan Province and famous in Chinese handwriting history.
Embraced by steaming mountains, with clear streams circling around, here is a peaceful place for your option to spend the luxurious moment to enjoy the ancient culture and the beautiful landscapes.
Opening Hours: 8:00 --18:00
Ticket Price: 80 CNY
Location: Dengfeng City, Zhengzhou
Transportation: Bus No. 2 and 6 will bring you here.
Dahuting Ancient Tomb
Dahuting Tombs of Han Dynasty are located in Xinmi City, 6 km away from Zhengzhou City. They are one of the largest tombs built in the Eastern Han Dynasty which still exist today with an area of 33,000 square meters. There are two tombs, eastern tomb and western tomb, which have a history of over 1,800 years and are about 30 meters apart from each other. They are similar in internal structure and style. Long and wide slanting tomb passages were paved in both graves.
The western one is a picture stone tomb. It is built by brick and stone. It covers a large area, 26.64 meters long, 20.68 meters wide and 23 meters high. Under the tomb there is a layer of coal with the thickness of 0.5 meters. The pictures and stone carvings are of various styles. The pictures are mainly about clothing, food, housing and transportation of people in the Eastern Han Dynasty, reflecting the life at that period vividly. Among them, a picture showing the process of making toufu in the Eastern Han Dynasty is considered to be the unique one in China and the earliest recording of toufu in the world.
The eastern one is a mural tomb. It covers a relatively small area, 19.8 meters long, 18.4 meters wide, and 15.2 meters high. Painted with mineral pigments including cinnabar and mineral green 1,800 years ago, the frescos are still bright-colored as if they are just painted. The frescoes are mainly about the life of its owner, such as receiving guests, collecting rent, dancing, feast as well as sumo. There is a fresco named "Dances and Acrobats at the Feast", which is 7.3 meters long and 0.7 meters high. Painted skillfully, it enjoys a high artistic position in the art history of China and has become an important view in the Central Plains.
Dahuting Tombs of Han Dynasty are an underground civilization history rather than just tombs. The carving stones and frescoes not only reflect the local customs, etiquette, and production art, but also show their expectation of the life in the future. They can be regarded as museums of the carving and painting arts in the Han Dynasty, and provide some important clues for the experts, who are studying the customs of the Eastern Han Dynasty.
Location: Xinmi City, Zhengzhou
Opening Hours: 7:00--18:00
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Transportation: Take long-distance bus from Zhengzhou to Dengfeng and get off at Dahuting.
Ruins at Dahe Village
In the northeast suburb of Zhengzhou City lies the Ruins of the Dahe Village, a primitive village in the New Stone Age. 2.5 kilometers to its north is the Jialu River, 12 kilometers to its south the developed area of Zhengzhou City proper and 14 kilometers to its west the ancient Bianshui River. The ruins of house foundations, dating back five thousand years, show separate inner and outer rooms - indicating that group marriage probably no longer existed and that families in which young couples lived separately from their parents had appeared.
With more than 700 meters in length and about 600 meters in width, the ruins cover an area of more than 40 millions square meters. Its cultural layer is 4-12.05 meters in depth; the remaining cultural relics represent four historical periods of cultural development of 3300 years: the Yangshao Culture, Longshan Culture, Erlitou Culture and Shang Dynasty Culture.
Discovered in 1964 and first unearthed in 1972, the ruins have been dug for 21 times, uncovering a total area of 5000 square meters, cleaning up 47 blouse foundations in different periods, 290 pits, 184 adult graves and 170 urns and coffins, unearthing 3500 pieces of tools made of pottery, stone, bone, jade and some other materials.
The Yangshao Culture of the ruins can be divided into 7 periods: the first is 6800-6500 years from now, the early period of the Yangshao culture; the second about 6500-5000 years from now, the period of Miaoligou Culture; the third, 5000-4700 years from now, a period of Qinwangzhai Culture type; the fourth, 4700-4500 years from now, a period of transition from the Yangshao Culture to the Longshan Culture, which can be subdivided into three periods of the early, the middle and the late.
The Yangshao Culture is followed by Henan Longshan Culture, the Xia Culture, and the Shang Dynasty Culture.The Ruins of Dahe Village is rare in all the ancient ruins unearthed in the Central Plains for its large area, rich relics, extensive culture contents and the time span, so it has become a key historical relic under the state protection.
Location: Jinshui District, Zhengzhou.
Entrance Fee: RMB 10
Opening Hours: 8:30-12:00, 14:30-17:30
Transportation: Take Bus No.263, 308 or 118.
White Horse Temple
As the first Buddhist temple built with the assistance of Government in the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), White Horse Temple (Baima Si), the cradle of Chinese Buddhism, is of great significance in the development of the Buddhist in China. Having witnessed centuries’ changes, White Horse Temple has been reconstructed for several times, among which the one conducted at the order of the Emperor Wu in Tang Dynasty (618-907) was the most impressive one.
In addition to the exquisite lifelike Buddha statuses in magnificent hall, the typical oriental architecture designs and the towering pines flourishing around the peaceful temple, there are some special scenic spots for you to experience how Emperor Ming in Han Dynasty practiced his study and how the eminent monk Tian Zhu practiced the translation of the Buddhist classics from India.
White Horse Temple is a rectangle courtyard facing south. The gate of the White Horse Temple was built in Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644) and it is three arches side by side. Covering a total area of 40, 000 square meters, the temple mainly consists of Tianwang Hall, Great Buddha Hall, Daxiong Hall, Jieyin Hall, Qingliang Terrace and Pilu Pavilion, which are all distributing along the north-south central axis.
Great Buddha Hall is the second hall of the temple. It is the place where the grand Buddhist ceremonies are held. The existent hall dates from the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). In its center sits erect a statue of Sakyamuni which is closely flanked by two Bodhisattvas Wenshu and Puxian, and his two disciples Ananda and Jiaye. Behind stand the statue of Avalokitesvara.
In the southeast of the hall, a huge bell is hung from the beam. It was said that when the bell is struck, the toll could be heard far away. More interesting is that once the bell is tolling, the one in Bell Tower in Luoyang Old Town will response it quickly due to the sympathetic vibration. 'Horse Temple Bell', one of the eight scenes in Luoyang city was named after it. The hall also house eighteen Arhats that are lifelike in modeling and unique in gesture and are treasures in Buddhist arts of the Yuan Dynasty.
Opening Hours: 7:30 -- 17:30
Half for students, teaches and the people between 60-69 years
Free for the kids below 1.4 meter, the disabled, the retired, the soldiers, the people over 70 years
Location: 12 km away from Luoyang City
Transportation: Bus No. 56 will bring you here directly (I hour)
Built in Han Dynasty (B.C. 202-220),Guanlin Temple, covering 120,000 m2, was built in memory of Guan Yu, a general with a respectable loyalty in Han Dynasty. Around the tomb of Guan Yu inside the Guanlin Temple, there are hundreds of towering old pines, from which the name Guanlin that means a wood of pines is derived and owing to which numerous visitors have come here to pay respect to Guan Yu in the past 1700 years.
Guanlin Temple is located right in Guanlin Town, eight kilometers south of Luoyang city and is also called General Guan's Tomb, which is actually the memorial temple and the tomb for Guan Yu (160 - 219 AD), a famous general of the Kingdom of Shu during the Three Kingdoms Period (220 - 277 AD). Guanyu originally came from Shanxi province and was also called Guan Yunchang. It was said that after Sun Quan, the king of Wu Kingdom, killed Guanyu, he put Guan's head in a box and sent it to Luoyang in an attempt to blame the murder on Cao Cao, the king of Wei Kingdom. Cao Cao saw through Sun's trap and was not fooled. He held a ceremonious burial for Guan and buried the head with a carved wooden body to the south of the city.
Guan Yu became a legendary hero in Chinese folktales because of his loyalty, bravery and faithfulness. He was also respected as 'Wu Sheng' by Chinese emperors. Temples were built for him throughout the country and he was honored as a god. Portraits or pictures of Guan Yu can be found on the doors of Chinese houses during the Lunar New Year because people believe he protects the home.
The construction work of this temple complex began in 1595, during the reign of Ming Emperor Wanli. The complex contains several halls, an octagonal pavilion and Guanyu's tomb. Inside the halls are pictures and statues mainly devoted to the Story of the Three Kingdoms. More than seventy stone-tablets with calligraphic inscriptions are also found here. A five-meter-high stone stele with inscriptions written by emperors from different dynasties is found in the octagonal pavilion.
Opening Hours: 08:00 -- 17:00
Ticket Price: 40 CNY
Location: Guanlin Town, Luolong Zone, Luoyang City
Transportation: Bus No. 15, 39, 53, 55, 58, 60, 69 and 81 will bring you here directly.
Luoyang Peony and Wangcheng Park
Covering 700,000 m2, Wangcheng Park is the unique park that built based on the historic site and the largest comprehensive park in Henan Province. With an antique style tower gate, red walls and green tiles, Wangcheng Park is full of breath of culture.
Yellow River Xiaolangdi Scenic Area
Xiaolangdi Scenic Area is the most marvelous part of the yellow river, which covers more than 60 natural sceneries and cultural relics that are characterized by the gorge spectacles. The picturesque mountain groups with flourishing trees and blooming flowers form precipitous but harmonious landscapes, which is so charming that people name here the Three Gorges of Yellow River. In addition, in the waters as wide as 300 square kilometers, boats are crossing on the peaceful lakes and streams from one island to the other.
Lying in Mengjin County 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) north of Luoyang City, Henan Province, Xiaolangdi Scenic Area is located in the exit of the last gorge in the middle reaches of Yellow River. The Xiaolangdi Multipurpose Dam Project has become a dominating feature of this stretch of the mighty river and the three gorges to be found here are a major attraction.
The Dam Project is an eye-catching feature of the entire scenic area. In total, the cost of the project has been RMB 42 billion and it is not only a milestone in the history of the continuing effort to tame the Yellow River, but it is also a masterpiece in world hydroelectric engineering history. It creates three firsts in the world and six firsts in China. This vast construction is 1667 meters (about 1823 yards) long with a height of 154 meters (about 500 feet). The whole project consists of ten intake towers, nine flood and sediment tunnels, six power tunnels and an underground powerhouse. The Thousand Islands are more outstanding and amazing seen from the picturesque mountains.
8:00 -- 17:00 in winter
7:00 -- 19:00 in summer
20 CNY for the students, the retired and the people between 60-69 years old
Free for the soldiers, the tour guide, the journalists and the people more than 70 years old
Location: Jiyuan City, Henan Province
Transportation: Bus from Luoyang Railway Station and Dongbian Bus Station will bring you here.
The Three Gorges of Yellow River
Along the spectacular Yellow River, the marvelous gorges together with the picturesque landscapes around make a shinning fairyland where numerous tourists have come for wonderful memories after traveling around the amazing grottoes, peaceful temples, natural lakes, mysterious caves and the fabulous hydroelectric station. Three Gorges, covering 40 square kilometers, are the essence of this scenic area on the Yellow River. Each gorge has its own characteristics.
Luoyang Ancient Tombs Museum
Based on the historic site, the Luoyang Ancient Tomb Museum appeals to an increasing number of visitors by the abundant precious relics and the magnificent but plain architectures with the antique designs of Han Dynasty (B.C. 202-220) and North Wei Dynasty (386-534). The historic site mainly consists of tombs from Han Dynasty to North Song Dynasty (960-1127), the amount of which is 22.
The Studio of Thousand Tang Tablets
The Studio of Thousand Tang Tablets is actually the unique museum in China that based on the epitaphs, where totally 1419 epitaphs are displayed. Among the precious exhibitions, 1911 epitaphs are the heritages of Tang Dynasty (618-907), which is the reason why the museum is called by the present name. Without any doubts, the epitaphs are one of the most convinced proofs of the history. Therefore, we can learn the society from the descriptions on the epitaphs about the royals, the officials, the celebrities, the common people and all the significant events of different times.
On arriving at the peaceful museum, you will amazingly have a strong feeling of being surrounded by a tense breath of culture and history--just like going back to the ancient time in a Time Machine.
Opening Hours: 8:00 -- 18:00
Ticket Price: 30 CNY
Location: Xinan County, Luoyang City
Transportation: Long-distance bus from Luoyang will bring you to Xinan County.
Baiyunshan State-level Forest Park
Spanning through Yellow River Basin, Huai River Basin and Yangtze River Basin, Baiyunshan Forest Park is characterized by charming landscapes, pleasant climate and abundant in precious wild animal and plant species. An increasing number of tourists come here for picturesque sightseeing, spending the wonderful holidays with the lovely wild animals, the flourishing forest and the blooming flowers in this natural museum.
With 37 mountains over 1500 meters, here is an ideal place for sunrise. Clouds like slight veils covering on the mountains where the waterfalls roaring, flourishing colorful plants, mysterious caves, winding plank roads and the shaking rope bridges are forming a harmonious and amazing picture of Wonderland on Earth. In addition, the highest temple of Daosit at the peak of 2216 meter, the Liuhou Temple of dense historic breath, the peaceful lake and the amazing sightseeing rope are waiting for you expedition.
Opening Hours: all the day
40 for kids over 1.3 m, the students and people between 60-69 years
Free for the kids below 1.3 m, the soldiers, the disabled, the journalists and the tour guide
Location: Checun Town, Song County, Luoyang City
Transportation: Shuttle bus from Yiyun Bus Station in Luoyang city will bring you here (only two shuttle buses each day).
Visit the cultural relics and historical sites in Zhengzhou and Luoyang,and learn the famous Shaolin Kungfu, this tour will be your best choice.
You will be picked up at your hotel in Zhengzhou in the morning and firstly go to visit the [Yellow River Scenic Area] in Zhengzhou, take hovercraft cruising the river. The Yellow River is the second longest river in China, and also the “Mother River” for Chinese nation and the Chinese civilization stated along the Yellow River. Since 2/3 of Yellow River is sand, so it is difficult to cruise Yellow River, so you can take hovercraft to cruise Yellow River to have a full landscape of the Whole Area, and hug with our mother river.
After the Yellow River Scenic Area, we drive southwest to the [Shaolin Temple], the No.1 famous temple under heaven. This temple was built from between 495AD and 512AD, the 28th patriarch of Sakyamuni in India—Buddi Dama came to the Shaolin Temple and founded Chan Buddihism and Shaolin KungFu. In Shaolin Temple, you can visit the main building of the temple, and then visit the tombs of Shaolin Monks from Tang Dynasty—[Pagoda Forest], where there are 247 pagodas built from Tang Dynasty till now. And then let’s enjoy the [KungFu Show] inside the performance hall for 30 minutes, and you can also learn with the Kung Fu master on the stage. In the evening, enjoy the the [Zen Music Shaolin Grand Ceremony] in the evening, the music director is Tandun, renowned for his Grammy and Oscar award winning scores for Ang Lee’s Movie name “Crouching tiger adn Hidden Dragon”. He gives his greatest work in this striking visual and audio impression containing 5 movements of “Water”, “Wood”, “Wind”, “Light”, “Stone”, with 700 artists and monks performing at the mountain stage of 1400 meter long.
Stay overnight in Dengfeng.
Meals included: Lunch
In the morning we leave Dengfeng for Luoyang, going directly to visit the [Longmen Grottoes] -- one of the three largest grottoes in China. It was built in 496AD, which last for more than 1000 years, have more than 100,000 statues, 2300 caves, 40 pagodas. The biggest statue there is 17.14 meters high and just made according to the appearance of the Tang Dynasty Empress Wuzetian from—the only empress in Chinese history.
Afther the Longmen Grottoes, we come to [Lord Guan’s Temple]. Lord Guan is the famous general of Shu State during the Three Kingdoms Period. His name is Guanyu, and after his death, his head was buried in Luoyang, his body buried in Dangyang.
Then we drive to the east suburb to visit the [White Horse Temple]--he first Buddhist Temple which was built by the government in 68AD during Eastern Han Dynasty. It was used to commemorate two Indian monks.
The tour ends when you’re transferred to your hotel in Luoyang.
Meals included: Lunch
Pricing & Accommodation
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|1 person||2-5 persons||6-9 persons||≥10 persons||Single Room Supplement|
|First Class Tour||$477||$412||$359||$301||$20|
* Price in every box above is for each person.
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Inclusions / Exclusions
A. Personal English-speaking Guide
B. Experienced Driver + comfortable Private car/van/bus for the driving part
C. Admission fee for the attractions enclosed in the square brackets in the itinerary.
D. Meal specified in the itinerary.
A. Gratuities, Tips to local people, the guide and driver
(Although not compulsory, if you think your guide and driver have done a good job at the end of the tour, we suggest you tip them at you own decision to show your appreciations.)
B. Other Personal Expenses.
How to Dress (only for reference):
Comfortable walking shoes
Long, loose and comfortable pants
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Warm clothes (Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves etc.) for Nov-April
Umbrella or waterproof jacket in a cloudy day or rainy day
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry in case of rain
What to Bring (only for reference):
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Camera, film and memory chip, battery