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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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Chicago, Illinois
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

It really saddened me to see the holy original Shaolin Temple becomes tourist spot with for-profit intention. I thought it is a holy temple where Buddhist monk study and practice their religion. Yet, I was disappointed as it already becomes Disneyland-Like venue with thousands of tourist. I mean, come on! A grand temple of an old and respectable religion transform... More

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Went on a rainy windy day the place was awesome. I enjoyed the Kung fu show, the temples, the pagodas and the centuries old cultural aspects.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I watched wuxia films while growing up, which is primarily why I wanted to visit the shaolin temple, the birth place of wushu! As expected, it was nothing like the films/novels/shows and very similar to every other temple in China. The highlight was the 30 min indoor wushu show you have to pay 50RMB extra for. There is a lot... More

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Athens, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Awesome Temple, though very touristic and noisy. Be humble, and follow your steps to paths that not many tourists visit, around multiple centres. Expensive souvenirs, but you need something to remember. You may be lucky enough to taste sweet grapes, freshly cut, sold by monks. Have a bottle of water with you and a camera with plenty of storage space.... More

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Rourkela, Odisha, India
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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79 helpful votes 79 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 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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28 helpful votes 28 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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