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Shaolin Temple

Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
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Ranked #2 of 25 Attractions in Dengfeng
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites
Description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.
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Rourkela, Odisha, India
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Intrigue, mystery. Quiet yet full of agression. Must visit if you are in Zhengzhou. About 70-80 minutes from Zhengzhou.

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Porto, Portugal
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

It is a spectacular place to visit! Not only by the temple itself but the whole area. The 2 cable cars available are worth to go as they provide you a very good sightseeing of the entire area. A lot of small souvenir stands all over the place, if you need to buy souvenirs I would recommend to buy inside... More

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North Wales
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Oh dear. They have turned this into a tourist attraction and moved the real temple up the mountain. There are however several reasons to visit. Firstly, there are some genuine kung fu schools a few miles down the road. We were invited in for a look around and they showed us some breaking techniques and various other things. They also... More

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

I agree with previous reviews that the place is very touristy. But stil,l I enjoyed it, especially the scenery which was beautiful - I love mountains. Shaolin Temple is extraordinary and I was excited when I saw monks. Generally speaking, it's very expensive to go there, but despite all disadvantages connected with the fact that it's extremely touristic place, it's... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you want to learn more about kung fu this is not a place to go. We didn't get to see any kung fu apart from the tacky touristy show, which was nothing more that touristy tat. The temple it'self is very beautiful. Pagoda forest is also nice and most unique piece inside this site. Goes back in history for... More

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Duszniki Zdrój, Walbrzych, Poland
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I have a vivid imagination. Combined with various movies about China and Shaolin Temple I had already a picture of this place in my mind but it turned to be compeletly differet. It's true what people say - commercialism is everywhere. Or maybe it's just a fact that this place has changed while time flows? Anyway it's for sure worth... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

if you like kung-fu, then you are probably happy. but the 30minute-show (ca. yuan 350)we have seen was not so exciting to us. the temple has no atmosphere. we would not do that again

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Really looking forward to out day at the Shaolin Temple but left feeling a little deflated and ripped off. The Shaolin temple did not seem any more impressive then any other temple in china, there was also little information about the history and culture. BE WARNED there is a martial arts show once you enter the actual temple, as the... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Our family with two boys aged 7 and 10 had a mostly enjoyable day at the Shaolin Temple. On arriving at the complex entrance, we passed by the training school which was a delight in itself. Hundreds of children as young as 6 going through their wushu practice routines on the large training ground. Seeing these kids in training was... More

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The Hague, Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

As i read the reviews, I knew Shaolin would be a very touristy experience, with Chinese tourists arriving in droves. As it started raining just before we went up to the temple itself, we cut our visit short after a brief glance in the temple, missing the famous kung fu frescoes unfortunately. A highlight were the hundreds of youth in... More

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