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Shaolin Temple

Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
0371-65582651
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Ranked #3 of 25 Attractions in Dengfeng
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
Owner description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.
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Type: Religious Sites, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:30 pm
Owner description: This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The Shaolin temple has been opened to visitors in a beautiful yet discreet manner. It is easy to find, has well thought through travel assistance including buses and cable cars. If you want to appreciate the full impact you should spend a night in one of the hotels there or in Deng Feng. This is a must for any Shaolin,... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

I wasn't very impressed with the temple, it is ok but the commercial attitude of the monks kind of ruins the experience. There is a kung fu show that is ok, but in the end they try to sell you stuff (again). The temple itself is pretty, but rebuilt a couple of times so looks new. The Pagoda forrest is... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Very large area ,which deserve a short visit. A short Shaolin Kongfu Performance is also interesting. There is an important site nearby:The Forest of Dagobas: a cemetery of 246 dagobas for noted monks dating from AD 791 to 1995, with different Buddhist patterns and inscriptions carved . A peaceful place that deserve a fast walk through.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Shaolin temple has been destroyed and rebuilt many times. It was also set on fire back in 1928.Many dynasties have rebuilt it. So most of the original structures were gone, what you see will be a restoration work. Some of the wall paintings of the un-burnt segment remained there. Due to the recurrent destruction of the temple, the real monks... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Visited October 8. Not as crowded as anticipated. Must see unique kungfu performance but be aware of performance schedule on the hour for half an hour and go for a seat early! Historic groups of tombs are spectacular. If you know Chinese history, you will be even more awestruck.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

lovely temple but for me the mountain further down was the attraction that made it all worth it. Walk down the footpath past the temple and there will be 2 cable cars one going left and one going right. Get the cable car to the right and go up the road and it's about a 15min ride to the top... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Visited on a day when the weather wasn't it's best, but had a great day. Was shown around by a personal guide and informed of the history behind the temple. Met several monks and even practiced some Kungfu. There is plenty to see and do, but be prepared for a lot of walking and incur some additional costs.

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Kuching, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

My high expectation of this Kungfu birthplace was a laid down. Only part of the temple was open to tourists and the kungfu demonstration was not included in the entrance ticket. To reach other attractions buggy rides are available for a fee as the area was extensive. It would take a whole day to finish, time we don't have as... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

I didn't know what to expect but definitely enjoyed walking the grounds watching kung fu practice. There were hundreds of kids all over the place and it was fun to watch. What was most entertaining was the Kung Fu show. The amount of training and discipline definitely shows. We had normal tickets but upgraded to VIP tickets for 24 yuan... More 

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The performance was very impressive and what most people came to see.There is a considerable amount of walking involved so pay to ride the golf buggy type buses when you can to save your feet.There is a lot to see to fill in your visit and I think you could class this as a satisfying excursion.

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