Shanhua Monastery

Shanhua Monastery, Datong

Shanhua Monastery
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Religious Sites
06:30 - 19:00
Monday
06:30 - 19:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 19:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 19:00
Thursday
06:30 - 19:00
Friday
06:30 - 19:00
Saturday
06:30 - 19:00
Sunday
06:30 - 19:00
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KW M
Belfast, UK541 contributions
Good experience
Jul 2021
Honestly, in China it is so very easy to get “Templed-out” from all the temples and monasteries there are. They all follow the same patterns, architecture, style and colours. Eventually you dread going to yet another “famous” temple, because they all start to look the same.

That all being said, I’m happy I paid a visit to this place. It doesn’t feel like many other temples that came from the same temple factory. Yes, the place has been around for 1000 years and has likely been rebuilt a dozen times in that period, including recently, but there are some buildings here that look and feel, “old”. It’s a nice change.

There are great opportunities here for some photos. There is a wonderful water area that makes for great photos. Very few people as it is away from the main tourist area. Free admission. There is a 5-dragon wall outside.

If you only have time for one temple or monastery on your trip, head to this one.
Written 22 July 2021
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HBMarkowski
The Hague, The Netherlands1,301 contributions
Nice and quiet
Sep 2019 • Solo
Nice and quiet place/templecomplex with several halls with tall wooden statutes. Some english explanation is given but thats minumal.
Written 24 September 2019
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mininani
Madrid, Spain700 contributions
Beatiful temple
Jul 2018 • Couples
Beautiful old temple in central Datong. The entrance is not free, costs 50 RMB but the temple is beautiful enough. Many halls with beatiful Buddhas. A must see in Datong.
Written 26 July 2018
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femmemme
Singapore92 contributions
Lake Garden and Free
Jun 2018 • Couples
Free admission with a show of id. Reasonably large compound and well tended gardens. There is a surprisingly large pond with ornated corridors wrapped around. Make a nice walk. Temple wise looked less restored than Huayan, so you may prefer this if you are into originals.
Written 12 June 2018
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Geminican
San Jose, CA1,708 contributions
Optional
Sep 2017 • Friends
This one is right next to the entrance of Datong City Wall, literally across the street.
This place has rich history but I still would visit Datong's other interests first in the following order before visiting this one:
1) Yungang Grottoes
2) Hanging Temple
3) Huayan Temple
4) Nine Dragon Screen
5) Datong City Wall
6) Shanhua Temple
Written 17 December 2017
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John F
Newark-on-Trent, UK596 contributions
Beautiful ancient temple
Sep 2017 • Couples
A place of calm. Wonderful architecture. The bits that aren't ancient are those that were repaired400 years ago. Definitely worth the stroll around. Don't miss the 5 dragon screen near the entrance - in slightly better repair than the 9 dragon screen.
Written 8 September 2017
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MarielaCoach
Tigre, Argentina177 contributions
Nice views
Jul 2016 • Solo
I nice temple in Datong, uyou need to pay a ticket for entering but it worth it.
I really like this place and you can go to the top of the building to see all the landscape of Datong,
Pretty cool
Written 8 September 2016
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Bob R
Belgrade, Serbia519 contributions
A must see in Datong!
Jul 2016 • Solo
I don't know why it is ranked so low! It is better than Huayan monastery in my opinion.

This one has a great gardens, secret places to relax. Great art works of buddhas and similar and it was fairly empty - great opportunity for photos!
After Lama Temple in Beijing, this one is my favorite in China!
The entrance was 50 yuans I think. For students is 25! It is worthy. Outside is the 5 dragon screen - great place for more photos.
Written 8 August 2016
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Edward T
Portland, OR254 contributions
Amazing Tang Architecture
May 2016 • Friends
A highlight of Datong. An amazing example of Tang architecture. The wood carvings are top rate, especially the dozen heavenly kings. The entrance carvings are also well preserved. Don't miss this 1,000 year old or so monastery in Datong
Written 5 May 2016
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LaupomHK
Paris, France426 contributions
Charming Monastery
Aug 2015 • Family
This monastery near the south gate is very charming
There is a 5 dragon wall and a small garden
It is very quiet as there is no visitors
Written 22 August 2015
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