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Address: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
Phone Number: 0371-65582651
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This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and...

This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism

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great but lots of steps and walking

interesting bit of history here seeing the kung fu monks and a monk wearing playboy socks in the actual temple was quite funny too. lovely art gallery in there as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 31, 2015
Emma D
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Nairobi
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I wasted two days of my holiday to China visiting this place. Was expecting a much different experience to the one I had. In a nutshell, for a Buddhist temple, this was a huge disappointment. Firstly, there were monks INSIDE the temple putting pressure on us to buy their touristy, tacky goods. I have never seen that before in any... More 

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Australia
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129 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I guess my review covers the whole area of Shaolin, not just Shaolin Temple itself. I will definitely give it an overnight trip for Shaolin and surrounding of Mt Song. Although we stayed overnight we did not manage to cover it all. Please note we are the leisurely travellers and not those who just want to tick it off their... More 

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39 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

interesting bit of history here seeing the kung fu monks and a monk wearing playboy socks in the actual temple was quite funny too. lovely art gallery in there as well.

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Thank Emma D
Singapore, Singapore
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21 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

I was in Zhengzhou for 4 days visiting friends and this was the first attraction I went to (honestly, it's 1.5 hours outside Zhengzhou). You MUST catch the kungfu shows. It's amazing. No words can describe it. Nothing better than watching the real thing "live". The grounds are amazing too. Although you don't see the actual monks roaming around, there's... More 

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Houthalen, Belgium
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I spend one night in the Shaolin Temple hostel and I liked it a lot. Seeing the students train in the evening and morning was very rewarding. There is a lot to see in the temple. You can go up to the budha on top of the hill (+/-1000 steps = 1 hour). The kungfu show is really amazing and... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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132 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 153 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

If you are in the Zhengzhou area, this is well worth the visit. The grounds are huge. There is a lot to see and do. One of the things not to miss is the gong-fu demonstration. It is quite amazing to see one of the monks throw a needle through a pane of glass to burst a balloon on the... More 

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Singleton, Australia
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104 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We had made a specific visit to this area to visit the Shaolin Temple and were sadly disappointed. Basically we wasted two nights of our holiday. The Kung Fu show, while the performers from one of the local schools were very impressive, was really not worth it. After already spending three weeks in China, it was just another temple. We... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

A friend and I trained kung fu here for a couple of weeks at a foreign school a few hundred metres from the temple. Of course there was rubbish and sewerage around the place but if you can get past that then you're in for an amazing experience. A must do is to walk up to the Boddidharma statue overlooking... More 

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KL
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56 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

If people telling you Shaolin Temple is not really worth a visit, I believe you will still insist of going and see the place for yourself. That's what I did. This place is too important to give it a miss because I grew up watching shaolin kung fu movies or TV series just like everybody does. Once you are there,... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

We came on a tour for 300rmb/p to see Shaolin and Grottos. The kungfu show was quite entertaining, especially the audience participation. The temples were beautiful but over all full of tourists, guides and ladies in blazers who grab your arms and try to push you at things...

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