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Shuanglin Temple

Qiaotou Village, Zhongdu Country, Pingyao County 031100, China
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Type: Religious Sites
Traveler Description: Shuanglin Temple, originally named Zhongdu Temple because of the nearby capital city of Emperor Wen as a king in the Western Han Dynasty (206BC... more »
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Shanghai, China
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

The Shuanglin Temple is only 6k away from Pingyao and definitely worth a visit. The numerous statues are amazing, although unfortunately they are all behind bars in very dark rooms. These displays definitely don't meet western standards. The bike ride there was ok. The road was pretty good, but there are some very polluting trucks... so be prepared to breath... More

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Shanghai, China
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31 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Another good trip outside the city, and less crowded that the city, but not as peaceful as Zhenguo. Can be done in a couple of hours or so, with Zhenguo.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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103 reviews 103 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Just outside Pingyao is the Double Forest Temple, Shuang Lin, a World Heritage Site. Although there has been a temple here for over 1000 years, most of what is left is about 600 years old and dates to the Qing dynasty. The clay sculptures are very interesting and portray a high level of artistic skill. I particularly like the "thousand"... More

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Southampton, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Apparently most of the current trainees are involved with commercial activities, although you could see hundreds if not thousands of young lads training either side of the route in and out.

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Manila, Philippines
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Hey since you are already in Pingyao, why not go visit the Shuanglin Temple. Nothing spectacular really, if you are in a hurry, yeah you can skip this attraction. Anyway if you do visit, please take care not to step on the door's wooden frame. It is bad luck to do so. Hop, don't step. This goes true for all... More

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Antwerp, Belgium
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71 reviews 71 reviews
23 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This was a pretty temple, but too far a travel from PingYao for being only mediocre. I Mean once you've seen some temples, there has te be a really special one to make the extra trip bedause they all start looking alike in the end.

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34 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2013

As with many things in Pingyao, it's in a terrible state of repair. For a UNESCO site, it's shocking. Thousands of incredible statues of various gods, goddesses & saints covered in centuries of grimes...but the detail is amazing & despite what the signs say, take flash photos as it's only afterwards that you realise the incredible artwork that's on show... More

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Ann Arbor
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

I am surprised at so many negative reviews of this temple, pointing the neglectful treatment of religious relics. In truth, this place was much dearer to me than most others I saw in China, especially those that have been restored to death. Yes, ancient object require maintenance and restoration, especially those made of wood as this one is, but judging... More

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65 reviews 65 reviews
30 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

This Buddhist temple complex resembles a fortress from the outside with its high walls and gate. The temple is attractive enough from the outside but the real reason to come here is to see the incredible terracotta and wooden sculptures that are found inside the 5 separate halls. They are colourful and totally stunning especially since they have a background... More

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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

A bit away from the city, this Buddhist temples has the largest amount of wooden and clay figures anywhere in China in such a small place. Difficult to understand but deffinitely worth looking at. The hall of Prince Sitthartha is fascinating!

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