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Address: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
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Phone Number: 0371-65582651
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
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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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This is the birthplace of KungFu and wonderful for those with interests in this area. It isn't a large property but there are beautiful temples and the monks are present... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dodge City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is one on the great point of Zen Buddhism. Master Damo, the first Zen Master in the East, made this his home, and His presence is profound for Zen practitioners. Literally, behind the fighting monk tourist stuff is Master Damo's temple. Tiny and modest, the nuns farm their vegetable in the traditional way and even forgave my awful Chinese... More 

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Dodge City, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the birthplace of KungFu and wonderful for those with interests in this area. It isn't a large property but there are beautiful temples and the monks are present throughout the grounds.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Where It was not so long ago that the Chinese were destroying some of their antiquities they now present many of them beautifully, and the Shaolin Monastery is a prime example of that. Although there are some of the very old original bits left most has had to be renovated, but they have done it well, and there are many... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best places in my life, very good experience of Chinese martial arts show, also a lot of attractive areas and a big history

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The show was the highlight of our visit, really worth it. The walk in the vast yard was also very nice, we looked at the little boys training. I recommend it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

I stayed inside the beautiful park surrounding this famous temple for two nights with my family (kids are 11 and 6). We simply had a great adventure. Though we are travelling throughout China and expect to have more fun and visit other interesting places, I suspect this will be a great highlight of our trip. In reading previous reviews of... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I was very excited to visit the Shaolin Temple (part of my teenage years and pop culture). It is a large place with many temples and mountains. It is also very popular with CHinese tourist groups, so can get very crowded. The Shaolin Temple is interesting but not different than other taoist temples. The place seems abandoned, most Shaolin monks... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We came to Henan just to see the Shaolin Temple and were sorely disappointed. First we went to see the kung fu demonstration which involved sitting in a room with a stage while a woman shouted into a microphone for half an hour about what we were seeing. We were impressed by some of what we saw (the strength and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

I knew about Shaolin temple from reading wuxia stories and watching wuxia movies. Visiting the temple on a recent China visit was a wonderful feeling. The place has a wonderful aura which reflects its rich past history. It is definitely worth a visit and while you are at it, watch the martial art demo as well. After all, that's what... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

This was an all around great trip....from seeing the temple, to watching the performances, to just wandering around and speaking with the monks. Easily spent an entire day there, and it simply flew by. As an avid martial artist, this was definitely on my bucket list. But even for non-martial artists, the amount of history here is amazing. It did... More 

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