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Address: Qiaotou Village, Zhongdu Country, Pingyao County 031100, China
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$437*
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2-Day Private Tour from Xi'an to Pingyao by Express Train
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$180*
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Pingyao Day Tour of Wang Family Mansion and Shuanglin Temple

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Great for understanding the syncretism of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism

While each of the three main different philosophies and religions in China have separate roots and practices, in Pingyao, it’s easy to see how they overlap and merge into each... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
LoveandLive2Travel
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Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While each of the three main different philosophies and religions in China have separate roots and practices, in Pingyao, it’s easy to see how they overlap and merge into each other, even in separate temples. At Shuanglin, enjoy the beautiful carvings and traditional temple structures. Some of the statues may be a little disturbing for young children, and possibly even... More 

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New South Wales, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

We visited this temple in the afternoon and were enjoying the architectual wonders, the serenity, and just being in such a holy, spiritual place. It was so quiet there and my husband was enjoying taking numerous photos at this unrestored site. We were enjoying our experience until........ We entered the main back temple and were instantly approached by an attendant... More 

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Wagga Wagga
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Our wonderful private guide Jonathan Zhang took us through the temple. It is old and its very interesting. The statues, arhats and temples and having a guide like Jonathan who patiently explains what you are looking at adds to the experience. We stopped here on our way back from the Wang Family Compound.

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

The Shuanglin Temple was a pleasant interlude on our ride from Pingyao to Taiyuan airport. It was quiet and the buildings were interesting. However, our expectations of sites in China are now high, based on the things we've seen around the country and this was just about average. Good to visit if you have the time but can skip if... More 

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Seoul
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Shuanglin Temple is easy to get from the Pingyao city by public transportation. I took a bus from the Pingyao railway station near the West Gate, and the bus fare was only 1 CNY. While walking inside the temple, I was mesmerised by the artistic sculptures of Chinese Buddhism. There were not many people, and I spent more than one... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

It is the quality of wood sculptures and their antique unrestored state, which make this temple unique. Magnificent original color shades on statues, beams and murals. Closes at 5:30, sometimes earlier... Allow plenty of time. A must.

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Essex
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

This old temple is hardly visited, which is a pity. It has the air of unrestored old age, with some impressive terracotta statues.

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Munich, Germany
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

10 minutes by taxi from Ping Yao old city make sure taxi waits for you. Small unrestored figures in several small housings. Need about 45 minutes to see the complete sight. Very littel information is available on site.

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Guangzhou, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2016

This temple is largely quite an average affair as far as Chinese temples go, not one of the most astonishing by any means, though it does have some beautiful sculptures. If you haven't had a chance to see other, larger temples then definitely go, otherwise skip it.

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Ware, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Our first temple and we actually had to go back in after we'd left as we realised we had missed the sculptures round the side. Good condition and beautiful guardian sculptures on the way in. The monk will try and bless you ...at a cost but it was still a nice experience (worth the 50 I had to bless him... More 

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