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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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A nice day trip from Xi'an

It was a nice and peaceful day away from the hustle and bustle and pollution of Xi'an. Kids were very entertained by the Kung Fu show, and the pagoda forest was really cool! At... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 19, 2015
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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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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Xi'an, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

It was a nice and peaceful day away from the hustle and bustle and pollution of Xi'an. Kids were very entertained by the Kung Fu show, and the pagoda forest was really cool! At sunset the colours are lovely. we went to the Longmen Grottoes first then to the shaolin temple in one day, a huge day but yes its... More 

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Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Too commercialised now I have been three times.Now you can find real Shaolin soul in mountains,so walk to Three emperors,Songshan pagoda,meet real monk in mountains.The area is very large and you need may be 3days to spent here.I have spent here 2months

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Wonderful architecture and history! When we stayed we were lucky enough to be invited by a monk for kung fu lessons. Receiving lessons, even basic ones, in that temple under the guidance of a monk was incredible! We also got to see some of the other groups that come to study full time. Truly a wonderful place! The area around... More 

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Forster, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We had little idea about the significance of the Shaolin Temple in the beautiful Song Mountain Region before our visit with a small tour group. We were entertained by the Kung Fu show even though it was rather commercialised. I was impressed with a young performer who pierced a balloon with a pin through a sheet of glass. The Temple's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

It was a great experience to visit the area - after paying the entrance fee there is more than just the Shaolin Temple to see. The temple itself is great, and very historic - although quite touristy with a lot of people. If you are adventurous and don't mind a bit of stair climbing then I would recommend visiting the... More 

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George Town, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

We were happy as Shaolin Temple was included in our tour itinerary as one of the must-see attractions in China. Shaolin Temple, a UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage site, is the birthplace of Chinese Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Martial Arts. It is situated in the Song Mountain region, Dengfeng City. The Kungfu performance was entertaining & fun to watch... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

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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