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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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
29 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
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
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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94 helpful votes 94 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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24 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
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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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The review can be divided into two parts: the temple grounds and the night show. The grounds themselves are quite extensive, so be prepared to walk although thankfully there is a tram at the end to bring you back to the parking lot. Having seen other Buddhist temples throughout the world, there is nothing extraordinary about this one. This is... More

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Budapest, Hungary
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

As everywhere in China the temple is far away from the entrance so prepare for a long walk or catch the bus ( service for charge ). I recommend to take the bus on the way and you can come back on foot. The organized kung fu show isn't worth the time or money. If you are lucky you can... More

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Wuhan, China
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I was really excited to see the Shaolin Temple and ended up quite disappointed with the whole thing. It was over-priced for what you get in the experience. There were also way too many people!! The kung fu show was pretty cool, but they filled a lot of the time having the audience come up. It definitely could have been... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

The place is huge, be warned. It would take much more than a couple of hours to see everything, including climbing up the mountain with one of the two cable cars. The kung fu show is alright, but could be better. The Shaolin Temple is nice, but not exceptional. Overall, I was somewhat disappointed.

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