The temple was amazing, first of all, this a a whole day excursion, otherwise you do not do it justice.We started by taking the Songshan cable car route that leads to the hanging bridge, its an extra 50 RMB, but the view is so worth it,not to mention the amazing photo opportunities.The other cable car leads to the white buddha and an older, smaller temple, that has an extra admissions fee. Its quite a stiff walk, wear comfy shoes and some sunglasses, its up and down for six kilometres, so better to have the whole day, than rush and exhaust yourself.also, its better to buy Shaolin themed souvenirs from the stall owners operating on the walking trial, than at the gift shop at the entrance, its cheaper by a mile. The bead ladies can be insistent, just shake your heads, it works. After the walking trail, we did the temple, was so beautiful, you can see the history, outside the temple, there are hawkers selling photo opportunities with monks, but inside there are 2 unobtrusive gift shops, the 1 one is on the second terrace, it sells incense for prayers among other things, take note no photos are allowed by the altar, there is a english sign too, so no excuses. We unfortunately missed the last kung fu show at the training academy, but saw an impromptu performance, which was awesome. Ill be going back again definitely, still so much i havent seen. Also, before the cable cars, the bathrooms are quite decent, on the walking trail, not so much, so i recommend going before you get on the cable cars, also there are frequent stalls that sell drinks, so dont worry about getting dehydrated.