I’m going to China to visit several significant sites important to Zen (Chinese: Cha’an) Buddhism. I will be traveling with a group from Zen Center LA on a tour organized by South Mountain Tours.
Oct 23: Depart LAX to Beijijng
Oct.24: Arrrive Beijing from the USA
Oct.25: Beijing , visit to Great Wall, Great Bell Temple
Oct.26: Bus to Yunju Temple（云居寺） and back to Beijing for dinner.
Oct.27: Beijing , visit to Tiananmen(天安门) Square, Forbidden City（故宫） . We leave for Xi’an(西安) by overnight train.
Oct.28: Train arrives Xi’an(西安) in the morning. Check into the Gloria Hotel . (depending on our arrival time there may be time for getting laundry done at this hotel for return on the same day). Visit Wild Goose Pagoda（大雁塔) and other sights in the city of Xi’an(西安)
Oct.29: Leave for Sanmenxia by bus. Enroute we visit the Terra Cotta Warriors.
After lunch we travel by coach to the city of Sanmenxia . Evening events (banquet) at the Meigui Hotel related to Bodhidharma’s memorial.
Oct.30: Bus from Sanmenxia to Kongxiang Temple(空相寺) for the Bodhidharma memorial ceremony, then continue to Luoyang . Visit the Longmen Grottoes.
Oct.31: Coach to Shaolin Temple . Also visit Huishan Temple . Hike to Bodhidharma’s Cave (for very fit people only! It’s a long hike and climb) Overnight stay in Zhengzhou City .
Nov.01: Bus from Zhengzhou to 2nd Ancestor’s temple at Yuanfu Si. Afternoon visit to Kuangjiao Temple . We arrive at Cypress Grove Monastery in the evening.
Nov.02: Bailin Temple
Nov.03: Bailin Temple . Night train to Jiangxi Province .
Nov.04: Train arrives Ruichang, bus to Jiujiang and check into a hotel to take shower and rest. After breakfast at the hotel, take bus to Sizu and Wuzu. Evening arrival at Nanchang .
Nov.05: Visit to Dongshan and Moshan temples.
Nov.06: Fly to Shanghai
Nov.07: Fly back to US.