- Long men Grottoes and the first Buddhist Temple, the white horse temple;
- Taste the famous Luoyang Water Banquet;
- 2 days’ study tour in a martial arts academy and end with a Kungfu competition;
- Stay in 5-star hotel and enjoy comfortable stay;
Well, nowadays, kids are really into these two, we can blame Disney! Why not explore where it all started?
Embark on a trip to Shaolin where the young will have the chance to train in the very monastery itself, and then move towards the Panda land in Sichuan
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After arrival at Luoyang train station or aiport, you will be greeted by a guide. Transfer to the Longmen Grottoes.
The Longmen Grottoes comprise of over 2,300 caves carved into limestone cliffs stretching 1-km. They date from 316 to 907 A.D. The complex contains almost 110,000 statues, 60 stupas and 2,800 inscriptions carved on ancient stone slabs and these contain fascinating information.
Back to Luoyang city, enjoy Luoyang Water Banquet for dinner. The Water banquet is one of the China’s hitherto preserved oldest feast which has been a history of more than 1000 years. It is originated in Luoyang which has a direct relationship with its geographical climate. The reason why we all it water banquet, one is that each dish is inseparable from the soup. Another reason is that the course will be served and eaten one by one, just like flowing water.
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Be awed by a kungfu spectacle on today’s immersive tour.
Shaolin Temple is famous worldwide and this temple is where this ancient martial art originated. It is believed to date back to the 5th century. It is located on Shaoshi mountain and the temple is noteworthy for its ‘forest of pagodas’, a collection of 240 tombs of various sizes that date back to between 618 to 1911 A.D.
After the visit, we will learn the kungfu classs in a nearby Kungfu academy. Shaolin Kung Fu, also known as Shaolin Wushu, is one of the most famous martial arts forms in China. Though this martial art is celebrated for combat skills, stamina, flexibility and balance – meditation is an essential element for the proper practice of Shaolin Kung Fu. Warrior monks used this form of defence to combat robbers in the 16th century and protect their temples and riches from marauders. (2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon)
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Today, we will continue our Kungfu class. This class will be arranged for 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon. Based on the basic gesture of standing, squatting and breathing learnt yesterday, todays’ class will further practice on the basic gestures. Meanwhile, you will also learn about a set of Kungfu.
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In the morning, you can practice based on what you have learnt in the past 2 days. After basic practice, we will held a martial arts competition, while the groups will be divided into 2 groups and you can practice under the guidance of local experts.
Lunch at local restaurant, transfer to Zhengzhou for your flight to Chengdu. In the evening enjoy the Sichuan Opera (20：00-21：30, changing faces, Spitting fire etc..), also watch the actors making-up. The interested clients can experience wearing costumes, learning basic Sichuan opera movements
Dinner will enjoy herbal cuisine in Qinshanzhai Restaurant.
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After breakfast, transfer to the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center. Today we’ll participate in different groups :
Children (above 10 years old) : Being the volunteer there ! There you’ll clean up bamboos, pick up droppings, wash the enclosures, observe and understand the pandas’ status and living conditions. Then explore the panda rescue exhibition hall to hear about stories associated with panda rescues. And prepare food and make the “panda cake” for panda and also feed the pandas with their delicious “panda cake” and fruits. We’ll watch a documentary that shows scientific facts about pandas, to understand how humans protect them. Then the experienced panda experts share their scientific knowledge with us. The instructor will lead us to visit the panda garden and we’ll see panda eating bamboo, sleeping or frolicking. Finally, the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center will award us the certificate! (09:00-15:00) Children (7 to 9 years old) : Joining the Panda research camp. Follow the instructor to visit the panda garden and you’ll see panda eating bamboo, sleeping or frolicking, observing the pandas’ status and living conditions, making the “panda cake” for panda.(09:30-15:00) Adults & children below 6 years old : Visit Dujiangyan Giant Panda Center and then transfer to visit Dujiangyan Irrigation System. Honored as the 'Treasure of Sichuan', Dujiangyan is the oldest and only surviving undammed irrigation system in the world and still plays a crucial role in draining off floodwater, irrigating farms and providing water resources for more than 50 cities in the province.
Back to Dujiangyan Panda center, and pick up the children, back to Chengdu.
Remarks : If adult prefer to do the panda volunteer, need to pay supplement of RMB850 per person(Advance booking is required) Enjoy the simple lunch at Panda center/local resaurant, and dinner will be on own.
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This morning, drive to the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine. With concrete exhibits and interactive activities, the museum offers you A to Z knowledge of everything you want to know about Sichuan style food. The Museum is also a beautiful garden. In the garden you will explore the vegetables in the field and chickens in the fence, and the most interesting is that you will see the manufacture of the Pixian Douban. Afterwards you will commence our Sichuan cuisine cooking class here: Learn to cook two famous and popular Sichuan dishes with the help of professional cook: Mapo Tofu (bean curd), Kung Pao Chicken (Gong Bao Ji Ding) or shredded pork with garlic sauce (Yu Xiang Rou Si). After the cooking class, the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine will issue certificate for every student. Of course, you’ll have lunch at the Museum of Sichuan Cuisine, taste the authentic Sichuan dishes and also the dishes which are made by ourselves.
In the afternoon, visit one lacquer factory of the intangible cultural heritage and make a lacquer bookmark Fu Rong Bookmark by yourselves.
Remarks : Cooking class is for adults only. If children prefer to do the cooking, need to pay supplement of RMB350 per person(Advance booking is required)
Lunch will be served at the Sichuan Cuisine museum, and dinner will be on own.
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In the morning visit Sichuan Museum, the largest comprehensive museum in southwestern China. The collections feature 260,000 items, which places it sixth in China proper. The rare historical relics number no less than 60,000, of which more than 1,399 are unrivaled. These have assured its importance among public museums across the whole country. The cultural relics of Sichuan Museum are generally categorized into ceramics, stone sculpture, bronze wares, pottery, ancient coins, calligraphy and paintings, folk art and crafts, stone inscription and modern works of art.
After that transfer to Jinli Folk Street, located to the east of Wuhou Ci. It was one of the busiest commercial streets during the Shu Kingdom (221-263), a great place to take some ssouvenirs before leaving Chengdu.
Transfer to airport for your flight back home.
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