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Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple

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Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple

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icon8 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Visit two of central China’s historical must-sees on a private, 8-hour tour from Luoyang. With a private guide, explore the UNESCO-listed Longmen Grottoes, a string of rock caves and niches containing thousands of Buddhist statues. After a lunch of regional dishes, stroll around the halls and pavilions of the White Horse Temple, considered the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism, as you learn its history. Tour includes entrance fees and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Private full-day Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple day trip from Luoyang
  • Visit UNESCO-listed Longmen, home to some of China’s richest stone art
  • View the caves and niches filled with thousands of Buddhist statues
  • Explore the White Horse Temple, a sacred Buddhist complex from 68 AD
  • Enjoy a lunch of popular regional dishes at a local restaurant
  • Round-trip private transport, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Price per group, based on a maximum of 10 people
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Hotel (or Luoyang Longmen Train Station) pickup and drop-off in Luoyang City
English-speaking tour guide
Transfer by reliable driver and air-conditioned vehicle
Lunch at a local popular restaurant
Gratuities (recommended).
Personal expenses.
Airport transfer.

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8:30 AM

After booking, the operator will contact you about pickup time.

We pick up from any hotel in the urban area of Luoyang City. Or Luoyang Longmen Railway Station. Please enter the name and address of your hote information and train details in the blank of pickup location at the time of booking.
Meet your private guide and separate driver at your centrally located hotel in Luoyang City at about 8:30am. Then, hop inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle, and drive southward from the city.

As you travel, listen as your guide tells tales of Longmen, whose grottoes house the biggest collection of Chinese art from the late Northern Wei and Tang Dynasties, from between the 4th and 10th centuries. Situated on the banks of the River Yi, the caves number a staggering 2,100 and house crematory urns, inscribed stone tablets, and 100,000 Buddhist sculptures and images.

Head into the site, and enjoy a guided walk along the riverbanks to see the highlights, admiring the earliest niches with their simple Buddha statues, to the later and more richly carved caves, featuring rich depictions of Buddhas, court figures, and other decorative elements. Admire the lush scenery around the caves, and afterward, head to a local restaurant for a lunch of popular regional dishes.

Duly refreshed, continue with a drive to the White Horse Temple, founded in 68 AD, and held to be the first Buddhist temple in China. Backed by the Mangshan Mountain and overlooking the River Luohe, this ancient temple consists of ornate religious shrines holding images of Buddhist deities.

Soak in the spiritual atmosphere, and tour of the main areas, including halls, pavilions, and courtyards, as you learn about the temple’s history and why it’s regarded as the cradle of Chinese Buddhism.

Having explored here, relax on your return journey to Luoyang where your trip concludes with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Longmen Grottoes
Your tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel lobby in Luoyang City at 8:30 AM. If you take a train to/from Luoyang, please provide your train information at the time of booking. After greeting, you will start this exciting Luoyang full-day tour. Longmen Grottoes is one of the most famous grottoes in China and a World Heritage Site enlisted the UNESCO. There are about 2,100 grottoes and niches, 40 crematory urns, 3,600 inscribed stone tablets and 100,000 Buddhist images and statues. These live cultural relics lie amid green mountains and serpentine rivers.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
White Horse Temple
Lunch will be arranged at a local restaurant serving authentic Chinese dishes, very popular among local people. In the afternoon, visit White Horse Temple, backed by Mangshan Mountain and facing the Luohe River. White Horse Temple is regarded as the cradle land of Buddhism in China. In history, highly accomplished Buddhist monks from China, even world renowned Buddhist monks from abroad used to pay visits to White Horse Temple in pursuit of Buddhism inspirations and wisdom. When the tour ends, you will be transferred back to your hotel.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for Children is the same as adults. Infant (age< 2) free.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • We also can pickup from Luoyang Longmen Railway Station. Please enter your train information in the blank of pickup location at the time of booking.
  • While we endeavour to cater for specific dietary requirements, some meals and food activities are set in advance and may be difficult to adjust. Please advise us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking so that we can ensure you'll enjoy this trip.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Trippest Mini Group Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Luoyang Full-Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple.

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The highlights of Luoyang
YeanFai_L
, Sep 2019
The guide Cherry was very knowledgeable and gave all the information about the various tour sites. I only wish the information was communicated prior that when they advertise "Private", it is quite literally for the person who booked it - as in single adult in the car with a personal driver, personal guide and a car at your disposal. I booked it thinking it would be a small private group of 6-8 adults - but oh well.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Thanks for your suggesting! "PRIVATE TOUR" is with a private car, private guide and no other participants in your group, but our SMALL GROUP is a maximum of 6 people in one group. We will add the detail description of these two tour types. Wish you have a good travel in China!
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Fantastic tour guide Gerry and safe...
Louise d
, Nov 2016
Fantastic tour guide Gerry and safe and sensible driver Mr Lee. Gerry is really passionate and knowledgeable about the Longmen Grottos and the White Horse Temple. The sites and their history are amazing. Nice lunch in a local restaurant I notified the tour company in advance I am vegetarian - and a nice meal of several tasty dishes was served. Very accommodating in adapting the tour to meet my needs as I was arriving from Xi'an by train. Smooth pick up and drop off from / to the Luoyang Longmen Station with the tour condensed from 8 to 6.5 hours, but the day didn't feel rushed.
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Our guide and driver were excellent...
Corine W
, Apr 2016
Our guide and driver were excellent. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the sites we visited and she was able to tell us many interesting facts about the sites. The Luoyang Grottos was well worth the walk. My only caveat is that you need to be able to walk for a couple of kilometres and climb quite a few stairs. The White Horse Monastey is beautiful. There is a lot of interesting buildings to see and the landscaping is beautiful. The lunch we were served was very tasty and filling. Altogether a good day.

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