• Location: Luoyang, China
  • Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
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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

What You Can Expect

Private Day Tour: Longmen Grottoes and White Horse Temple from Luoyang

White Horse Temple

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.

Customer Reviews

Louise d

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 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.

Corine W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 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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