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Departures - Every Saturday from March 21st 2020 to March 19th 2022

Program Type

Escorted Experience

Detailed Itinerary

Upon your arrival, you should proceed to the exit, where a guide is there to transfer you to the hotel

Archaeological evidence shows that human settlement has emerged in Luoyang since 5 to 600,000 years ago during Paleolithic age. It was then established as the capital of Xia Dynasty (1735 – 1540 BC), the first ancient monarchy in Chinese history, and remained as the capital during most of the succeeding dynasties until Emperor Qin Shihuang unified the country in 221 BC and moved the capital to Xi’an. That is why it is commonly believed to be the place where Chinese civilization has originated.

On the cliffs of Xiangshan and Longmenshan that stand east and west of Yi River flowing northward, over 2,000 caves have been dug and nearly 100,000 Buddha statues carved as outside rock reliefs. The project of Longmen Grottoes commenced from 493 AD during the reign of Emperor Xiaowen in Northern Wei Dynasty (386 – 534 AD) and lasted for 400 years with the last massive construction completed during Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD).

The grottoes itself consists in a museum of stone art, depicting the political, economic and cultural trends of the times when the statues were carved out and painted, and preserving physical objects and written materials of religion, art, architecture, calligraphy, music, dressing styles, medicine and etc..

Next you will embark on a half-hour transfer to reach another architectural marvel with a history of over 1,900 years – White Horse Temple.

Emperor Mingdi of Eastern Han Dynasty (25 – 220 AD) had sent envoys to India, who in turn invited two monks and brought Buddhist scriptures back to China. This was how Buddhism was first introduced into China. The next year a temple was ordered to be built to house these scriptures and statues, and serves as the place where the monks translated the documents into Chinese. It was given the name as the scriptures were carried by white horses when the envoys and the monks traveled all the way from India back to China.

The first 200 years of Buddhism’s introduction and spreading in China was all associated with White Horse Temple and thus it is undoubtedly considered as the birthplace of Chinese Buddhism.

Seasonal offer:

There has been a history of over 1500 years to grow peony for ornamental purpose in China. The cultivation of this flower in Luoyang can be dated back as early as to 1,300 years ago during the reign of Yangdi of Sui Dynasty (581 – 619 AD). It has been greatly favoured by royal families as the corolla can reach 30 centimeters in diameter with a variety of bright colors while in full blossom, perfectly embodying power and superiority of the royal court. Peony is featured in quite a few poems known household all over the country. The clear division between each season and fertile soil rich in trace elements in Luoyang provide ideal climate and geological conditions for the breeding and growth of peony flower. ‘Peony Festival’ is held annually in Luoyang during Apr 10 - 25th when the flower is blossoming and 800,000 plants in 360 varieties can be found in over 10 large plantations around the city.

During other time of the year when Peony Festival is not available, you will be given free time to explore the markets filled with numerous food stalls and shops selling local handicrafts behind the grand Lijing Gate, a 4-storey fortress wall that used to serve as the West Gate of the walled city Luoyang in ancient times. The current architecture is a restoration of the original one first built in Sui Dynasty (581 – 619 AD), then destroyed and rebuilt from time to time during the following dynasties. A panoramic view of Luoyang is available on top of the fortress tower

A two-hour drive takes you to Shaolin Temple this morning and you will spend the rest of the daytime to explore this massive temple complex, home to the Chan sect Buddhism and Chinese martial arts.

With main structure occupying an area of 57,600 square kilometers, Shaolin Temple was initially built in 495 AD by Emperor Xiaowen of Northern Wei Dynasty (386 – 534 AD) to accommodate a Chan sect master who came from India to China to spread Buddhist teachings. It was then enlarged and developed in early Tang Dynasty (618 – 907 AD) in recognition of its contribution to defend enemies for the royal court. It prospered in Tang (618 – 907 AD) and Song (960 – 1279 AD) Dynasties with ownership of nearly 1,000 hectares’ farmland, 40 hectares’ courtyard, 5,000 buildings and 2,000 disciples.

Shaolin Temple has earned itself international fame during the past several decades and been visited by presidents, prime ministers as well as celebrities from sports and film industries. Shaolin Kungfu has been filmed and documented from time to time.

During this trip, you will have the opportunity to visit the main architectures of the temple, watch a Kungfu demonstration and involve yourself in learning a couple of moves from the monks with a special request made and extra cost charged.

Head back to Luoyang for overnight at the end of the day.

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight to Shanghai. When you arrive after a 2-hour flight, you will meet a new guide who will then take you to your hotel.

The rest of the day is free at leisure for you to explore this dynamic metropolis.

As the most developed city around China, apart from being the international financial hub and largest logistics port for international trade in the world, Shanghai is also the worldwide icon for fashion and lifestyle.

Your exploration in this metropolis begins with a visit to Xintiandi, a masterpiece of functional transformation from old dwelling quarter into a business complex home to many boutique hotels, luxury restaurants, art galleries, coffee shops and etc. A chic atmosphere is generated by the contract between the exterior with its original vintage look and luxury artistic interior of each building.

You will proceed with the exploration of the city’s past with an excursion to Yuyuan Garden. Owned originally by a government official in Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644 AD), the garden has been built with 20 years’ time. The courtyards, houses, ponds, pavilions and etc. are exquisitely laid out to create tiers of sceneries within the garden.

The Bund is the best place to exemplify the cultural diversity of this city. It refers to an area running along the western bank of Huangpu River with many historical buildings ever home to various financial institutions operating in China in the middle of 20th Century. The development of this area began in 1844, when it was officially ceded to British administration by the court of Qing Dynasty (1636 – 1912 AD) as a result of the defeat in the First Opium War. It witnessed the history of China being defeated by foreign military power, invaded and finally declaring independence after hundreds of years of flight. Now the Bund is known for the best place for promenade in China as well as in the world. The old buildings on the western bank and the new skyscrapers on the eastern side represent the past and the present Shanghai.

You will wind up your full day tour by a scenic drive among the skyscrapers on the other side of Huangpu River. You can access any of them for a panoramic view of the city by paying an additional cost on your own.

Today will be a free day for you to continue exploration, do some shopping or simply take a rest at the hotel. We also offer you a couple of optional tours in case you still prefer to schedule some guided tours today.

You will be picked up from the hotel lobby and transferred to the airport to board your flight to the next destination. This is a private transfer and the pick-up time will be worked out exactly in accordance with your flight time.


Domestic flight Luoyang/Shanghai incl tax on economy class.
Superior 4* or Deluxe 5* hotel accommodation at all the destinations in the itinerary incl daily breakfast.
11 to 35-seat van/coach throughout the itinerary for all transfers & day tours.
All admission to the attractions listed in the above itinerary.
Lunches & dinners specified in the above itinerary.
English-speaking local guides.


Chinese visa.
Flight/train/cruise into the first destination & out of the last in the above itinerary.
Personal expense.
Gratuities to the guides, the drivers, the hotel bellboys and etc.


Hotel Accommodations / Select Hotels
4-star Hotels & Cruise:
Hyatt Place Luoyang, 3 nights;
Central Hotel Shanghai, 3 nights.

5-star Hotels & Cruise:
Hyatt Place Luoyang, 3 nights;
The Yangtze Boutique Shanghai, 3 nights.

Dates Of Travel

2020 2021 2022
March 21, 2020 March 13, 2021 March 12, 2022
March 28, 2020 March 20, 2021 March 19, 2022
April 04, 2020 March 27, 2021  
April 11, 2020 April 03, 2021  
April 18, 2020 April 10, 2021  
April 25, 2020 April 17, 2021  
May 02, 2020 April 24, 2021  
May 09, 2020 May 01, 2021  
May 16, 2020 May 08, 2021  
May 23, 2020 May 15, 2021  
May 30, 2020 May 22, 2021  
June 06, 2020 May 29, 2021  
June 13, 2020 June 05, 2021  
June 20, 2020 June 12, 2021  
June 27, 2020 June 19, 2021  
July 04, 2020 June 26, 2021  
July 11, 2020 July 03, 2021  
July 18, 2020 July 10, 2021  
July 25, 2020 July 17, 2021  
August 01, 2020 July 24, 2021  
August 08, 2020 July 31, 2021  
August 15, 2020 August 07, 2021  
August 22, 2020 August 14, 2021  
August 29, 2020 August 21, 2021  
September 05, 2020 August 28, 2021  
September 12, 2020 September 04, 2021  
September 19, 2020 September 11, 2021  
September 26, 2020 September 18, 2021  
October 03, 2020 September 25, 2021  
October 10, 2020 October 02, 2021  
October 17, 2020 October 09, 2021  
October 24, 2020 October 16, 2021  
October 31, 2020 October 23, 2021  
November 07, 2020 October 30, 2021  
November 14, 2020 November 06, 2021  
November 21, 2020 November 13, 2021  
November 28, 2020 November 20, 2021  
  November 27, 2021  

Trip Highlights

Great Wall Retreat · Hanging Monastery · Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses · Longmen Grottoes · Shaolin Temple · The Bund

Departure Period

21 Mar, 2020 to 19 Mar, 2022
AUD 2,047 P P twin share
AUD 2,926 P P single

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