We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Shanhua Monastery

Open Now: 06:30 - 19:00
Open today: 06:30 - 19:00
Review Highlights
Beatiful temple

Beautiful old temple in central Datong. The entrance is not free, costs 50 RMB but the temple is... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2018
Madrid, Spain
Lake Garden and Free

Free admission with a show of id. Reasonably large compound and well tended gardens. There is a... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2018
via mobile
Read all 32 reviews
All photos (34)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
26 Jul 2018
“Beatiful temple”
11 Jun 2018
“Lake Garden and Free”
Open Now
Hours Today: 06:30 - 19:00
See all hours
Southwestern, Urban Area, Datong 037006, China
+86 352 253 9436
Top Selling Tours & Activities in and around Datong
from US$99.00
More Info
from US$40.00
More Info
from US$45.00
More Info
from US$328.00
More Info
Reviews (32)
Filter reviews
14 results
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
More languages
See what travellers are saying:
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 14 reviews
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Beautiful old temple in central Datong. The entrance is not free, costs 50 RMB but the temple is beautiful enough. Many halls with beatiful Buddhas. A must see in Datong.

Thank mininani
Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Free admission with a show of id. Reasonably large compound and well tended gardens. There is a surprisingly large pond with ornated corridors wrapped around. Make a nice walk. Temple wise looked less restored than Huayan, so you may prefer this if you are into...More

Thank femmemme
Reviewed 17 December 2017

This one is right next to the entrance of Datong City Wall, literally across the street. This place has rich history but I still would visit Datong's other interests first in the following order before visiting this one: 1) Yungang Grottoes 2) Hanging Temple 3)...More

2  Thank Geminican
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

A place of calm. Wonderful architecture. The bits that aren't ancient are those that were repaired400 years ago. Definitely worth the stroll around. Don't miss the 5 dragon screen near the entrance - in slightly better repair than the 9 dragon screen.

Thank John F
Reviewed 9 September 2016

I nice temple in Datong, uyou need to pay a ticket for entering but it worth it. I really like this place and you can go to the top of the building to see all the landscape of Datong, Pretty cool

Thank MarielaCoach
Reviewed 8 August 2016

I don't know why it is ranked so low! It is better than Huayan monastery in my opinion. This one has a great gardens, secret places to relax. Great art works of buddhas and similar and it was fairly empty - great opportunity for photos!...More

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 5 May 2016 via mobile

A highlight of Datong. An amazing example of Tang architecture. The wood carvings are top rate, especially the dozen heavenly kings. The entrance carvings are also well preserved. Don't miss this 1,000 year old or so monastery in Datong

Thank Edward T
Reviewed 22 August 2015 via mobile

This monastery near the south gate is very charming There is a 5 dragon wall and a small garden It is very quiet as there is no visitors

Thank LaupomHK
Reviewed 6 July 2015 via mobile

The Southern Monastery as it is known is in the walled area of Datong, it provides important material for the Tang and Song architecture. It is well looked after and a joy to visit. I highly recommend it for a hour or so. If you...More

1  Thank Chris101111
Reviewed 30 May 2015

I highly recommend to someone who love Chinese Architecture! It is really great temple. I also recommend to hire a guide for brief introduction. It will highlight the visit.

1  Thank hamdan268
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 186 nearby hotels
Garden Hotel
463 reviews
.23 miles away
Yunzhong Courtyard
25 reviews
.34 miles away
Yungang International Hotel
159 reviews
.60 miles away
E-Home Apartment Hotel
2 reviews
.67 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 44 nearby restaurants
Fenglin Ge Restaurant
158 reviews
.36 miles away
DongFang XueMian (YingZe Jie)
21 reviews
.86 miles away
Sun Ji BaoZiPu (CaoChang Cheng)
16 reviews
1.34 miles away
Kai Ge Restaurant (CaoChang Cheng West Street)
7 reviews
1.32 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 67 nearby attractions
Huayan Temple of Datong
127 reviews
.45 miles away
Datong City Walls
97 reviews
.87 miles away
Nine Dragon Screen
223 reviews
.86 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Shanhua Monastery staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines