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Shaolin Monastery Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

In addition to the amazing Longmen Grottoes and the historic White Horse Temple, Henan province is also home to the Shaolin Monastery (少林寺 – shào lín sì). This ancient temple is a UNESCO site and is the cradle of Chinese Zen Buddhism. You may know it as the home of Shaolin kung fu (功夫 –…

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Luoyang Video Tour Posted by on Sep 13, 2016

If you’re interested in Chinese culture and history, you’ll want to explore Luoyang. One of China’s ancient capitals, this city is located in Henan province. Here you can visit the amazing Longmen Grottoes, as well as the White Horse Temple. Check out these two famous historical sites and a local night market in this short…

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Exploring the Ancient Capital of Luoyang Posted by on Sep 7, 2016

Everyone knows that Beijing is the current capital of China, but that hasn’t always been the case. Many different locations have served as the capital of the Middle Kingdom through the centuries. In addition to Beijing, three other cities make up the Four Ancient Capitals of China (中国四大古都 – zhōng guó sì dà gǔ dū)…

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Better Know a Province… Henan Posted by on Sep 1, 2016

We’re continuing on our long journey across China, one province at a time. Today, we head to the central part of the country to visit one of the most historical provinces – Henan (河南 – hé nán). Once home to ancient capitals and great dynasties, this province is rich in history and culture and is a…

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Luoyang (洛阳) – White Horse Temple (白马寺) Posted by on May 9, 2012

For our second day in Luoyang, we wandered around the Old City and then took a trip out to the White Horse Temple. This is known as the first official Buddhist temple in China, and thus it has a long history and an interesting story behind it. We finished off the day with a stroll…

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Longmen Grottoes Video Posted by on May 7, 2012

A UNESCO World Heritage site since 2000, the Longmen Grottoes outside of Luoyang, Henan province, are one of the best examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Here, over 100,000 statues of Buddha and his disciples are carved into the limestone caves of the Xiangshan and Longmen mountains. It’s an amazing sight, and certainly worth a visit…

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