Shaolin Temple was established in the 6th century in the
Chan Buddhism, which attaches particular great importance
to meditation. But over the years, the Shaolin Temple ascertained
that the long motionless sedentary meditation in the long
run impairs the body and as a result affects the meditation
adversely. Thus, physical exercises were devised, which
imitate the motions of animals. The aim was to reconcile
the body with the mind. This kind of meditation was later
combined with martial art techniques and it was named Kong
Fu. During your journey, you will get to know Kong Fu of
the Shaolin Temple as well as visit the famous sightseeings
between Beijing and Luoyang.
|| Harmony Hotel***
Arrival at Beijing Capital
International Airport and greetings by your tour guide.
Transfer to the hotel. After lunch, you will visit Beijing’s
landmark - the Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan),
the most significant imperial temple complex of the city.
It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List, because it is a
unique expression of the Chinese concept of the relationship
between heaven and earth.
|| Harmony Hotel***
Make a trip to the Badaling Great Wall, which
is located nearby Beijing. You can climb up to the wall
and walk on it within the beautiful mountain landscape.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Summer Palace
(Yi He Yuan), an imperial garden, with the seemingly
endless colonnades, the large Kunming Lake, temples, theater
buildings and many other sightseeings. This garden is on
the UNESCO World Heritage List, because the art of the Chinese
gardening is perfectly reflected here.
3: Beijing / Luoyang
|| Night Train
In the morning, take a
walk at the well-known Tian'anmen Square
(Tian'anmen Guangchang), the largest square within a city
worldwide. Walk through the Tian’anmen Square Gate
to the palace of the emperor (Gugong), which the Chinese
officials call the Palace Museum (better known as
the Forbidden City). This palace of the Ming and
Qing dynasty is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is
a masterpiece of Chinese palace architecture and it demonstrates
imposingly the integration of traditional architecture in
ancient northern China into the art of palace building.
Afterwards you will climb up the Prospect Hill Park
(Jingshan Gongyuan), which is located in the North of the
Forbidden City, where you can have a marvellous view of
the site of the Palace Museum and the centre of Beijing.
At the end of the day, you will visit the Tibetan-Buddhist
Lama Temple (Yong He gong), the largest and best
preserved temple site in Beijing. The former residence of
the Prince Yong was transformed under the emperor Qianlong
into a Tibetan monastery. It is a successful mixture of
Han, Mongolian, Man and Tibetan architecture and culture.
In the evening, transfer to the train station. Go from Beijing
to Luoyang by night train in a first class sleeping wagon.
||New Friendship Hotel***
Arrival in Luoyang and
transfer to the hotel in the morning. After breakfast, go
to the Longmen Thousand Buddha Grottos
near the former capital Luoyang, which are carved into the
cliffy bluff of the Yi River. The about 1.350 grottos with
approximately 100.000 sculptures of the 5th to 10th century
demonstrate the importance of the Buddhism in China at that
time. It is on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Afterwards
you will visit the Temple of the White Horse,
which is said to be the first state-aided construction of
a Buddhist Monastery (68 AD under Emperor Ming of the East
Han Dynasty). Afterwards, you can relax yourself in the
spacious Wangcheng Park, which is particularly
a great attraction during the bloom of the Peony.
5: Shaolin Temple
|| Fengyuan Hotel***
Today, you will go by bus to the Shaolin Temple,
where, nearby the sacred mountain Songshan, you will participate
in a course in the martial art technique of the Shaolin
Monks during the next days. After the arrival, you will
first of all visit the famous Shaolin Temple, which was
founded in the year 495. There you will enjoy the Martial
Art Performance of the monks. Afterwards, you will visit
the cemetery of the abbots and famous monks – the
so-called Pagoda Forest. There are more
than 240 stupas of a height between 1 and 14 m and a diversity
of shapes, which have developed within 1,200 years. Overnight
stay nearby the Shaolin Kong Fu Training Center.
Day 6-10: Learning Kong Fu in Shaolin Temple
Every day Kong Fu training lessons under the
guidance of the master take place (two hours in the morning
and in the afternoon respectively). You can take a taxi
to cover the distance from the hotel to the Kong Fu Training
Center. The training program will be designed according
to your abilities and knowledge.
Today, you will go to
the ancient Emperor City Kaifeng, one of the six ancient
capitals of China. There, you will visit the Iron
Pagoda, a 55 m high timber construction, which
is encased by reddish brown glazed tiles that give it the
appearance of an iron building. Afterwards you will visit
Qingming shanghe yuan, a new garden construction,
which is based on a famous scroll painting of the Song Dynasty.
Then you can continue your journey to Zhengzhou, where you
will go to Beijing by night train in a first class sleeping
After the arrival in Beijing,
transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your disposal.
Saunter through the "Hutongs", the lanes of Beijing’s
Old Town, or buy some gifts and souvenirs in the department
stores of the Wangfujin Road. One can rent a bicycle if
he or she likes, and explores Beijing in this typical manner.
Transfer to the airport
and return flight.
End of the travel.
B: Breakfast L:
Lunch D: Dinner
Learning Kong Fu in Shaolin Temple
For individual groups
Number of participants
Single room extra
Single room extra
If you are a group with more than 5 persons, you can get more
favourable prices. Please note that the prices may vary due
to exchange rate fluctuations (RMB to USD) slightly. The prices
above were computed by the rates as 1 USD= 7.9 RMB.
Peak season: May, September and October
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Beijing Harmony Hotel***
Luoyang New Friendship Hotel***
Shaolin Kloster Fengyuan Hotel***
-- All overnight accommodation in double rooms shared by two
adults with breakfast and the meals
as listed in the itinerary
-- All transfers and entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary
-- Inland flight tickets including all fees
-- English-speaking local tour guide, and Kong Fu course with
-- The costs of the Kong Fu course
Price does not include:
-- International flight tickets
-- Visa for China
-- Tips for tour guides, drivers and waiters in the restaurants,
and personal expenditures, etc.
-- Children less than 12 years old can be given discounts.
-- The hotels, trains and flights listed in the itinerary
may be changed into the ones of
similar category if necessary.
-- The prices do not apply to the Peony Festival in Luoyang
(10th April – 8th May, 2006),
the May Day Holiday (30th April. –7th May) and the
National Day Holiday (30th Sep.–7th
Oct.), -- If you need more information, please contact