Henan, a province in Central China’s Yellow River Valley, is widely recognized as the place where Chinese civilization originated. There are 4 ancient capitals within its borders. Luoyang, capital during multiple dynasties, is home to Baima Si (White Horse Temple). Founded in the 1st century, it's among China’s first Buddhist temples. Nearby, the Longmen Grottoes have Buddhist rock carvings dating to the 5th century.
The Shaolin Monastery, also known as the Shaolin Temple, is a Chan Buddhist temple in Dengfeng County, Henan Province, China. Believed to have been founded in the fifth century, the Shaolin Temple is the main temple of the Shaolin school of Buddhism to this day.
The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are some of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. Housing tens of thousands of statues of Buddha and his disciples, they are located 12 kilometres south of present-day Luoyang
Yuntai Mountain was named a World Geographical Park by UNESCO in 2004. Covered with lush forests, the mountain has several deep valleys and cliffs with lots of waterfalls and springs. The well-known Yuntai Heaven Waterfall with a height of 314 meters, lies in the Laotan Valley scenic area.
Yinxu Royal Tomb Historic Site
The ruins of Yin, discovered in 1899, is one of the oldest and largest archeological sites in China and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Excavations at the Yinxu Ruins have revealed tombs, foundations of palaces temples, jade carvings, lacquer and white carved ceramics.
As the highest mountain of the five famous mountains in China, it is home to the the Buddhist Shaolin Temple. With steep peaks, dramatic valleys it covers an area of 464 square kilometers and was approved as a first-rate global geopark by UNESCO.
White Horse Temple
White Horse Temple is Buddhist temple that, according to tradition, is the first Buddhist temple in China, having been first established in 68 AD under the patronage of Emperor Ming in the Eastern Han dynasty. With its distinctive red walls, exquisite palaces and towering pagoda the site it well preserved.
Funiu Mountain Geopark consists of a world biosphere reserve, a national nature reserve, a reserve of fossilized dinosaur eggs and a national mine park. The main peak of Mt. Funiu at 2212 meters acts as the boundary between the subtropical and temperate climate zones in eastern China.