Temples and Sacred Mountains Tour
in the footsteps of the ancient sage Laozi's legendary travels and
learn about Daoist history, its myths and practices, and its role in
Chinese culture. Visit major temples, hike on famous mountains,
practice qigong, soak in hot tubs, and enjoy relaxing Chinese
1 . Arrival. Fly into Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Meet your
fellow travelers and enjoy a welcome banquet.
Day 2 . White Cloud Temple. After qigong in the morning and a
sumptuous breakfast, visit the current headquarters of Daoism in the
heart of the city and see Laozi as a member of the Three Pure Ones,
the Daoist trinity. Learn about the history of the temple, the main
features of the Complete Perfection school and its complex pantheon.
Understand how Laozi functions as a major deity of the religion. After
lunch, go to the Daoist Long Life Spa near the Altar of Heaven and let
yourself be pampered with a relaxing foot massage, facial, or body
soak. Enjoy a Daoist dinner in a near-by restaurant.
Day 3 . Train to Zhengzhou. Travel for about five hours by train to
Zhengzhou in Henan, the province at the heart of Chinese civilization.
Arrive at the hotel and relax, catch up on sleep, do some reading, and
maybe go for another massage. Dinner on your own.
Day 4 . Birthplace. Visit Laozi's birthplace in Luyi, about 2 hours
southeast of Zhengzhou. Learn about the history of the place, unravel
the early legends surrounding the ancient sage, admire the steles and
temple buildings in this holy site. After lunch, on the way back, stop
at the alleged birthplace of the Yellow Emperor in XinZheng, about 45
minutes south of Zhengzhou. Appreciate the development of this
legendary figure and his increasing role in shaping Chinese identity
today. Join us for dinner and relax.
Da5 . Luoyang. Travel by bus for two hours. After check-in, visit the
fabulous Longmen caves and understand the Buddhist impact on the image
and myths of Laozi. Relax in the afternoon, maybe with another massage
or a swim in the hotel, then go out and explore the city's
restaurants. Dinner on your own.
Day 6 . Mount Hua. Take a fast train and in under two hours reach the
sacred peak of the west, near the area where Laozi crossed from the
central plains to the west on his way into emigration. Enjoy the Cloud
Terrace Monastery (Yuntai guan) at the base of the mountain and hike
around the lower range. Dinner on your own.
Day 7 . Mount Hua. Spend the day exploring this spectacular mountain,
by cable car and on foot. Enjoy the various temples, the fabulous
scenery, and the incredible views. Learn about its various immortals
and sages. Relax with a massage and join us for a group dinner.
Day 8 . Transit to Louguan. Going past Xi'an and further west, visit
the place where Laozi is said to have transmitted the Daode jing to
Yin Xi, the Guardian of the Pass. Check into your hotel, then visit
the temple. Learn about the founding of Louguan in the fifth century
and appreciate its importance as the first formal Daoist monastery.
Marvel at the wonderful steles with the text of the Dao de jing and
relish the architecture and art work of the place. Have dinner with
everyone at the hotel.
Day 9 . Louguan. Take a day off to explore this beautiful area,
visiting immortals' pavilions, hiking in the mountains, or just lazing
around. Lunch and dinner on your own.
Day 10 . Return to Xi'an by bus, then by air to Chengdu, the capital
of Sichuan. After arrival and check-in, relax with a massage or spa in
the afternoon, then enjoy a spicy Sichuan dinner with everyone.
Day 11 Chengdu. Visit the Black Sheep Temple (Qingyang gong)
where Laozi met Yin Xi after the latter underwent three years of
intensive Daoist cultivation, reciting the Daode jing 10,000 times.
Learn all about the legends of Laozi in Sichuan and their meaning both
within Daoism and in comparative religion. Enjoy local parks and
markets on your own.
Day 12 . Mount Heming. Visit the place where Laozi, after emigrating
and ascending to Heaven, returned to reveal the Dao to Zhang Daoling
and appoint him as Celestial Master, thus founding the first organized
Daoist school. Return to Chengdu at night for a relaxing spa
experience, then maybe go out for a dinner adventure on your own.
Day 13 . Lord Lao's Mountain. Visit one of the ancient districts of
the Celestial Masters and a major sanctuary dedicated to Laozi as the
main deity of the school. Learn about their organization and main
practices, understand their history, and appreciate how this ancient
place still serves as a center of Complete Perfection today. Return to
the city by mid-afternoon and explore it some more, before joining us
for a local dinner.
Day 14 . Mount Qingcheng. Travel to this most famous of Daoist
mountains in the west of China. Check into a local hotel, then visit
the Celestial Master's Grotto, yet another place that claims to be the
place where Laozi revealed the Dao to Zhang Daoling. Take the chair
lift up to the top and marvel at the beautiful old temples and
gigantic new Laozi statue there, then hike down at your leisure. Rest
in the late afternoon or go for another massage, then have dinner on
Day 15 . Mount Qingcheng. Explore the deeper reaches of the mountain,
visit the inner peaks and hike around the hidden parts. Join us for a
farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 16 . Transfer back to Chengdu for a flight to Beijing , end of our
4-star hotels in Beijing, Zhengzhou, Luoyang, Xian, Chengdu; 4-star
hotels at Huashan, Qingcheng shan, Luoguan;
all transportation inside of China (train tickets, airfare, and coach
all meals and treatments (massages) as specified; English Guide
services and all tips;
Not includes: China visa, International roundtrip air.
have also prepared the travel to Wudang Mountain and Long Hu Mountain.
Please email us for detailed program