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Shaolin Temple

Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
+86 371 6558 2651
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This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average22%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
+86 371 6558 2651
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a another Disneyland. Masterpiece of Chinese marketing and promotion. Almost everything there is artificial. The temple itself was built in 2005 on the site of 495 A.D. structure. There are very few real things left from the past. The place is a typical...More

Thank ATY39
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in a nearby city such as Luoyang I would recommend a visit but I would not make a special trip. It is a nice temple but very similar to many temples in China. If you are especially interested in Kung Fu that...More

Thank shannipantz
Reviewed 1 week ago

At the bottom of the mountain, it's a small temple, very busy in peak time and slippery in rain, be careful. No dress code. Next to it there is a monk cemetery and way to the mountain - that's a must to go up as...More

Thank Szabin
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This destination has all that I would normally love but, despite a miserable chilly rain, it was overcrowded with visitors, making it far less enjoyable and rewarding.

1  Thank Krisok51
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The site is quite big, specially if you plan to go to the scenic area, on top of the mountain. if that is the case, take a full day for that; if it is not, you will still need around 3/4h to explore the whole...More

Thank Ana L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The temple itself is like any other temple in China. The Llama temple in Beijing is an architectural twin to this one. The history here is impressive and if you like martial arts it is more interesting. The live show is worth seeing. Make sure...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you are visiting with spiritual bend of mind, it is best avoided. It is too touristy, too crowded and at best an average scenic area. The martial arts show is catered to the tourists.

Thank meetisv
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng is situated in a very picturesque valley with majestic mountains as the backdrop. There is a theatre where Kung Fu shows are held every hour. The temple itself is very old and mysterious. The temple is 2 kilometer from the road...More

Thank kobusm913
Reviewed 29 August 2017

A lot of history, religion and architecture to engage you if those are your interests. It is a big site so bring your walking shoes. The Pagoda Forest was a delightful and unique surprise. And where else can you see 1,000 youngsters in red T-shirts...More

Thank marekw
Reviewed 23 August 2017 via mobile

If you're into martial arts history and/or a practitioner of GungFu, this place probably holds a lot more meaning for you. As a pop cultural icon, or even just a point of general historical interest, it is somewhat underwhelming. Nothing architecturally special about it--it's another...More

1  Thank Lonelylaowai
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Dorota S
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
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
30 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