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Shaolin Temple

Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
+86 371 6558 2651
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  • Average22%
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Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
+86 371 6558 2651
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have always been interested to visit the Shaolin Temple as there are so many stories and movies made about this place. It holds a certain mystery for me and many people as well. It's stuff made of legends. Although I read so many comments...More

Thank ongaiai
Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up with Shaolin temple movies ( made in Hongkong,mostly) and always wished to see it by myself for once in my lifetime. We made it to DengFeng and took another bus to Shaolinsi , stayed in the Shaolin hostel for 2 nights, food...More

Thank gevalicious
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is not authentic anymore. It's become a commercial organization. Even before you arrive at the temple, you need to walk probably 1-2 km across a street filled with tourist shops. We turned around when we saw some monks smoke cigarettes and talking loudly...More

Thank Principe_Pat
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much to see here. From the Kung Fu "academy" to the monastery, it's a beautiful place to take pictures and relax. Be prepared to spend a day and do a lot of walking. We were there for 4 hours and only covered a third.

Thank Charles M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went Shaolin temple three time, the first time from 1995, it impressed me a lot since everything was original and nothing commercial related. But other two times, i felt very sorry about the Buddhism, although it is not my religion. Now Shaolin temple is...More

Thank wil331
Reviewed 21 April 2017

The air was cleaner at the temple. Bus trip from town. It was so inspiring to see the masters, students and others showing what they could do. Resembled a school for discipline and mastery of the mind & body. We enjoyed ourselves greatly.

Thank LouTassie
Reviewed 19 April 2017 via mobile

It's a day trip from Luoyang which i was tricked by the lady at the bus station to pay 15rmb more for a ride to shaolin temple. It was too expensive to use a cab (250 Rmb). The temple was crowded by tourists and was...More

Thank Ladymook
Reviewed 14 April 2017

First, go to the temple, it is a great place to take photos, if possible have monk show you around. But stay until sunset and see the Kungfu show! well worth it!

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 2 April 2017

We really didn't have much time, and were tired, so that might have colored my experience, but of all the things I saw in my short week in China, this had the least impact on me. I was hoping for more, but also knew that...More

Thank LessaKenn
Reviewed 28 March 2017 via mobile

Be prepared to walk this large park. Monks are everywhere, arrived at 11.30am, managed to get permission to have lunch with the monks.

Thank Mad1154Mac
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Dorota S
Hi, I am planning to take my 6 yo son whose fascinated by martial arts. It seems you visited few temples. Which one would you recommend? Thanks!
9 June 2016|
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Response from frenchteddywww | Reviewed this property |
The Shaolin show is definitely suitable for a 6 y/o and there are quite a few young kids amongst the performers. The theater is small and packed. Shows are booked in advance and it is advisable to start queuing for your... More
I have never been to china and am interested in visiting Shaolin temple and Wudang mountain i will arrive in July. I was interested in studying some kungfu while i was there although i am traveling with my wife and 7 year old son. we are staying for a month and have no guide or translator and love traveling without a guide in Thailand.is it essential to get a guide and is it worth visiting the shaolin temple for a week or is it better to visit some place more easy to get to as i dont want to destroy my trip because i planed to much as i cant find much encouraging information. and how much would a guide cost as i never traveled with guided group.i usually get off the beaten track .but now i have a son so need to be more careful without over spending .
9 May 2016|
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Response from romandp05 | Reviewed this property |
Hello, if the main idea is to study Kung fu, near the temple is a hotel where you can stay. The problem is that there is not much to do besides the temple. I think the easiest thing is to stay in Luoyang, from there taking a... More
Hi Hotspice, What helpful information! Thank you! We are interested in hiking Mt. Song. It sounds like we would also be able to see the Pagoda Forest. to get to the Mt. song booth, are there signs? Walk past the forest and we will not be lost? Did you feel that the hike was dangerous, or just steep and tiring? Also, was the bus to return to ZZ at the Shaolin temple or did you have to return to Dengfeng? Thanks!!!
29 January 2016|
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Response from kevinho1979 | Reviewed this property |
Hi snorkel-luvin. Nope you won't get lost! The mountain is just past the pagoda forest (which isn't a real forest but rather like a park with lots of pagodas commemorating the previous abbots). But I also agree with... More