Ancient Guards of Classical China Route
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Ancient Guards of Classical China Route
This morning, we will transfer to Yuanjia village where you can experience local customs and culture, taste local food and walk around in the village. Enjoy your free time here and satisfy your stomach as you like. After lunch, we will head to the magnificent Qianling Mausoleum, where two emperors are buried Emperor Li Zhi of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and his wife, China's first and only Empress Wu Zetian . The Qianling Mausoleum is famous for its carved stone statues with distinctive Tang Dynasty features and the fresco adorned passage wall leading to the underground tomb.
Our excursion starts today at Tang Bo Art Museum where gives you brief history and examples of Chinese art. The calligraphy lesson will be arranged and you will be taught how to write a couple of Chinese characters.
Then transfer to visit Terracotta Warrior, one of the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. The Terracotta Warrior is a collection of terracotta sculptures depicting the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. It is a form of funerary art buried with the emperor in 210–209 BCE and whose purpose was to protect the emperor in his afterlife.
Experience a unique musical performance set in the Tang Dynasty whilst enjoying local Banquet of Dumplings.
Enjoy your another day to explore Xi’an. This morning, we will start at Xi’an City Wall, one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city walls. It was built under the rule of the Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang as a military defense system with integrated walls, ramparts, gates, and watchtowers. We will climb part of the wall to get a bird's-eye view of the city.
After lunch, we will head to Shaanxi History Museum where you can get an overview of the thousands of years’ Chinese history and splendid culture of ancient times.
Later, we will continue with Big Wild Goose Pagoda and well-preserved Daci’en Temple. The Big Wild Goose Pagoda originally built in 652 during the Tang Dynasty functioned to collect Buddhist materials that were taken from India under siege of Xuanzong. Each year the pagoda attracts numerous Buddhists due to its artifacts and its appealing style of architecture.
Visit the largest musical fountain in Asia at the north square of Big Wild Goose Pagoda with its strong sense of Tang Dynasty culture.
After a good rest, we will drive ahead to Luoyang, one of four great ancient capitals of China, whee we have half a day visit to Longmen Grottoes. Longmen Grottoes is famous for being one of the four largest grotto complexes in China, most known for its wonderful cliff carvings. It was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Grottoes of differing sizes, carved in a time span of different dynasties will be a feast for your eyes.
Tuck into the delicious Luoyang Water Banquet with its gourmet history over 1300 years. The Chinese set of dishes comprised of 8 cold and 16 warm dishes cooked in various broths, gravies, and juices. It is considered one of the "Three Wonders of Luoyang".
Today we have a full day excursion in Dengfeng. Highlight of the tour in Dengfeng is Songshan Shaolin Temple. Listed on UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage in 2010, Songshan Shaolin Temple is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel. The Shaolin Temple embraces many exciting attractions such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest, the Dharma Cave and the Martial Art Training Center.
Attend a spectacular show:Shaolin Zen Music Ritual
At the earliest bird call, your guide and driver will be ready to escort you to Zhengzhou. When you arrive in Zhengzhou, first there is time to enjoy some local cuisine for lunch. We then head to the Museum of Henan province. It is a significant museum with modern displays and exhibitions, hi-tech equipment combined with unique architecture. At present the museum has a collection of more than 130,000 pieces of cultural relics of which more than 5,000 pieces are treasures of the first and second grades.
After breakfast, we will return to Xi’an, where upon arrival in the afternoon, we enjoy free time at Muslim Street, a historically unique place to wander, shop and eat. All shops and restaurants in the street are operated by Muslims. Culturally fragrant and fantastic stalls inside the narrow alleys sell almost everything you can imagine. Enjoy a taste of Muslim street food, a very tasty and inexpensive gourmet discovery which includes the locals' favorite: Roasted beef, roasted fish, and pancakes.