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Address: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
Phone Number: 0371-65582651
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Description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu...
This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.
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Shaolin Temple is more than Kungfu

We all know Shaolin Temple through all those Kungfu movies, but Shaolin is more than Kungfu, so it isn't fair just to limited it to that. The Shaolin Temple is a spiritual place... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 2, 2015
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Shanghai, China
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Shanghai, China
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63 reviews 63 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Just wish we had allowed more time for our visit. We were late leaving luoyang and its a good 90 mins by van there. The attraction itself is commercialized but is vast and would loved to have had time to walk up to the quieter spots - i.e. away from the temple and the kungfu show. the temple looked very... More 

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texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The temple is well maintained. They built special highway just for the temple, also built a huge park outside the temple. Just don't buy anything inside the temple from the monks, they will tell you whatever you buy will to go to the HIV kids in the HIV village, in fact they cashed all the money. Monks in this temple... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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76 reviews 76 reviews
49 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Many tourists visited Shaolin Temple as a day trip from Luoyang (a side trip from Xi'an). Instead , I went to the temple from Zhengzhou. The distance is about the same as from Luoyang but with lesser crowd. Shaolin Temple had a significant role in past history of China in ancient times and unless one has some knowledge of those... More 

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Shanghai, China
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

We all know Shaolin Temple through all those Kungfu movies, but Shaolin is more than Kungfu, so it isn't fair just to limited it to that. The Shaolin Temple is a spiritual place and the birth place of Buddha in China after this Religion were imported from India. Although, Li Lian Jie (one of Shaolin Temple Representative in the past)... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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54 reviews 54 reviews
18 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The trip from Luoyang takes a little over an hour. There is lots of rubble on the way, some sort of brick works, so not very scenic. The temple itself is a packed with tourists and so are the grounds. This is more of a Monk theme park than anything else. Never seen so many monks hawking there wares. The... More 

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Taft, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Imagine, if you will, the French having turned Notre Dame Cathedral into a Disney-like attraction: that's what you've got with the Shaolin Temple grounds in Henan province. I've been to many, many temples in China and the rest of SE Asia, and though it's not uncommon for one to have been fixed up a little to accommodate visitors, none has... More 

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Beijing, China
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73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

4* is the average of my views: From Luoyang it took us 90 minutes to reach the temple. The overall so called Shaolin Temple has three major attractions: 1 - Shaolin Temple, that in my point of view, it is not more attractive than many other temples in China 3* 2 - pagoda forest that is a cemetery 3 -... More 

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

i went a few years ago and it looks like a lot of development has happened.the display was very staged,however we did see the real thing in the monks village just next to the temple.

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KL
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I attended Malingshan Shaolin Kungfu Academy and my sifu brought us to Shaolin for a 4 days visit. We took a train to Xi'an and then went to Shaolin Temple by bus.We stayed at a motel nearby which was very decent. As much as it is very commercialised now,it is still a must visit and memorable experience to all martial... More 

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St. Petersburg, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Maybe for great kung fu lovers it's exciting, but I didn't find anything special about this place. The landscape is mediocre (every Chinese geopark with mountains, rivers and waterfalls is much more beautiful). And above all there is huge crowd everywhere. The area consists of different spots. When you come, first of all check the time of kung fu show... More 

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