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Shaolin Temple

Closes in 13 min: 07:00 - 18:30
Open today: 07:00 - 18:30
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  • Average21%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“kung fu”(123 reviews)
“martial arts”(44 reviews)
“cable car”(15 reviews)
This is a famous martial arts monastery, the birthplace of both kung fu and Zen Buddhism
Closes in 13 min
Hours Today: 07:00 - 18:30
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Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng 450000, China
+86 371 6558 2651
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Outside zhengzhou city in henan province, this is the real shaolin temple we see from novels, tv and movies. Nice surroundings and they have a show for tourists too. Don’t go during winter, it’ll be freezing

Thank bcheong
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Travelled here as part of a tour with my kung Fu school. This is the spiritual home of martial arts and particularly kung Fu. It is truely an amazing place and worth visiting for anyone with a serious interest in either martial arts or Buddhism.

Thank Daz148
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Got to Shaolin Temple but missed the first martial arts show so I walked to the temple first. Costs 100 RMB to watch the show afterwards. Read my review on Mount Song

Thank Debbs2490
Reviewed 18 August 2018 via mobile

Was in Xian and took a side trip to Shaolin Temple. Took the early train, my driver picked me up at the station and drove me to the temple, one one road up and be prepared for some me jam due to heavy trucks taking...More

Thank Teo C
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

If you try to meditate yourself out of the crowds of tourists you will really enjoy this place and what it represents. The temple is just part of a beautiful scenic area (bring an umbrella for sun / rain and good walking shoes). The site...More

Thank Mary M
Reviewed 23 July 2018

As many other reviewers note, the way the place has been commercialized is unbecoming. It has basically been made into a theme park. Not very respectful of the ancient heritage the place holds. What makes it worth while is the impressive youngsters performing the kong...More

1  Thank elcosmopolitano
Reviewed 17 June 2018

As a long time practitioner of martial arts and having studied the Japanese form of Shorinji Kempo which originated from this temple. I was saddened to see that this place of peace and tranquility had been sold out to commercial gain. Was disgusted to hear...More

4  Thank SteinsGtr
Reviewed 3 June 2018

Nice place rich in history. Do take the cable car up songshan. Highly recommend that you get a guide.

Thank Tang1707
Reviewed 30 May 2018

The Shaolin Temple is an amazing place with a lot of history and beautiful mountain scenery. Definitely a must see on any visit to China.

Thank TSierer
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Honestly, Shaolin Temple is not a scenic place to visit, but for its historical reputation, then it's worth to come visit once. Nothing to view much but you can see many young to adult students who are learning kungfu there. Next to it is Song...More

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Response from Teo C | Reviewed this property |
You can contact my Guide, she has a good driver that picks us up at Longmen Name Rosa Tel: +86 135 1916 9439 Not sure the driver speaks English cos we communicate in Mandarin but Rosa speaks good English
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Response from Antonio L | Reviewed this property |
I would like to help you but I had some friends taking me there on a private car! Beautiful place to visit.