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Shanhua Monastery

Southwestern, Urban Area, Datong 037006, China
+86 352 253 9436
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This one is right next to the entrance of Datong City Wall, literally across the street. This... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
San Jose
Beautiful ancient temple

A place of calm. Wonderful architecture. The bits that aren't ancient are those that were... read more

Reviewed 8 September 2017
John F
Newark-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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Southwestern, Urban Area, Datong 037006, China
+86 352 253 9436
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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)...More

Thank Geminican
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

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.

Thank John F
Reviewed 9 September 2016

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

Thank MarielaCoach
Reviewed 8 August 2016

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!...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

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

Thank Edward T
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

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

Thank LaupomHK
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

The Southern Monastery as it is known is in the walled area of Datong, it provides important material for the Tang and Song architecture. It is well looked after and a joy to visit. I highly recommend it for a hour or so. If you...More

1  Thank Chris101111
Reviewed 30 May 2015

I highly recommend to someone who love Chinese Architecture! It is really great temple. I also recommend to hire a guide for brief introduction. It will highlight the visit.

1  Thank hamdan268
Reviewed 18 April 2015

Very clean, nice renovation, still has monks living on the site. But only a few aspects of its history where the most interesting parts

1  Thank Joanjps
Reviewed 26 March 2015 via mobile

Overlooked by the crumbling ruins of the Great Wall, the Shanhua temple has sat in its sublime state since the pre-Jin era.The massive wooden halls which wait to be discovered at the last courtyard of the temple complex, house exquisite paint flaked wooden Buddhas and...More

Thank Scentedlotus
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