15.08.2007 - 17.08.2007 31 °C
Separated by 2 1/2 hours on the highway, Luoyang and Kaifeng are both former imperial capitals. In Luoyang, we visited the White Horse Temple and then spent some time at the Shaolin Temple, home of the most famous Kung Fu school. We had a chance to visit the temple and the amazing "Pagoda" forest
followed by a Kung Fu demonstration
Jordan and I even tried some of the monk's training equipment...
At the end of the day, we visited the carved Buddhas of the Longmen Caves
including the largest Buddha which is 25 feet in height
The following day, we visited Kaifeng, home of the best documented Jewish community in China. We met with a couple pf descendants of the community and learned of efforts to revive the community. We also visited the 700-year old Iron Pagoda