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Address: Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
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Phone Number: +86 371 6558 2651
07:00 - 18:30
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Visited the temples during a month of prayer. Vegetarian restaurant for meals. Good basic food with the expectation of quick turn over. Toilets terrible, take plenty of tissues... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Shanghai, China
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The temple was described online as the best in Henan but it was actually a dirty dump. The path was dusty and also there was only one bathroom in the area that was called a five-star restroom but it was a fake and it charged you real money

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Shaolin Temple is located at Snow Mountain in Dengfeng County, Hennan Province. It is quite a distance from Zhengzhou, the capital of Hennan. Can be reached by bus and taxi. The entrance fee is ¥100 and you also have for the cable rides if you want the mountain sceneries. The place is now very commercialised and the chief abbot... More 

Thank Mark S
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Visited the temples during a month of prayer. Vegetarian restaurant for meals. Good basic food with the expectation of quick turn over. Toilets terrible, take plenty of tissues with you. Was raining a lot during our time there which did not help. Overall very awe inspiring when you realise 500 monks residing on site. Note the plaque with name of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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153 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

As a Chinese, I grew up watching the movie Shaolin Temple. As such it's a must-do for me when I am in Luoyang. I took the direct bus from the bus station opposite Luoyang Train Station and it cost just 20CNY. When entering the bus station, just ignore all the touts and go straight to the counter. Tell the counter... More 

Thank NSEL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This place has great reputation and has been included on UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010, it is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts. Besides the temple, one should also visit the Pagoda Forest, a graveyard for Buddhist dignitaries through the ages. One should watch martial art performance at The Shaolin... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

For kungfu disciples and followers Shaolin Temple is one of the must visit place.For me 2 events were outstanding during my visit.....the kungfu show and watching some of the students praticing the art in the grounds.Like other top touristic attractions,it is crowded with locals as well as foreigners.As it involves lots of walking in the open and climbing of steps,the... More 

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Potters Bar, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Came here as part of a g-adventures tour, it was probably the part of the tour that I was least interested in. It was very touristy, with piped music but the kung-fu demo was a little interesting. There was plenty of tat for sale and seeing the kids training around the village was interesting. The ticket price included entry to... More 

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Fleet, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

There is a lot of hype around the Shaolin temple and it is deserved, however actually visiting the site isn't spectacular. It's interesting and a good place to see, but it's kind of like visiting so many other temples in China.. I preferred a temple I saw in Luoyang. There is so much history to the place, but I found... More 

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Lebanon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

The temple is beautiful and rich with history! Go early in the morning and avoid weekends if you want to take in the serene environment.

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

I'm sure this place was once fascinating, but I feel it has just become a tourist trap and far too commercial. However, there are 2 good points - 1. The martial arts show, 2. Mount Song, where the scenery is beautiful. General information: The Songshan Shaolin Scenic Area (嵩山少林风景区)contains the Shaolin Temple, the Pagoda Forest and Mount Song. Entry to... More 

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