Things to Do in Dengfeng

Located at the foot of Mt. Songshan, Shaolin Temple, the origin of Chinese Zen Buddhism is surely the top attraction in Dengfeng for most tourists, especially the fans of Shaolin Kung Fu. Here you can visit the famous Pagoda Forest, appreciate the architectural complex, watch Shaolin Kung Fu show and do other activities.

What's more, the surrounding groups of Historic Monuments sites, together with Shaolin Temple and Songyang Academy, are called “the Centre of Heaven and Earth”, listed in the World Heritage site in 2000, which are worthwhile for visiting with enough time.

Henan Tourist Map of Shaolin Temple

Pagoda Forest

No.1: Pagoda Forest

Location: 300 meters west of Shaolin Temple

Pagoda Forest, one of the solemn places in Shaolin Scenic Spot, is the biggest Monks Cemetery in the world with about 250 pagodas. These pagodas only have levels of odd numbers (1,3,5,7) up to 15 meters, with various shapes of square, round, rectangular, etc. which embodies the deceased’s status and achievement before his death in Buddhism. Carrying profound Buddhist history, the Pagoda Forest also shows the exquisite architectural style of stones with elegant sculpture.

Shaolin Temple Complex

No.2: Shaolin Temple Complex

Location: the center of Shaolin Scenic Spot

As the core area of Shaolin Temple tourist attractions, Shaolin Temple Complex is the place where large-scale ritual activities take place and the living accommodation of monks. It contains seven courtyards, followed by the Mountain Gate with a plaque of “Shaolin Temple” Characters, King Hall, Daxiong Hall, Fatang, Abbot Room, Li Xue Pavilion and Qianfo Hall, all listed in the World Heritage in 2000. Tour the whole imposing buildings, you’ll see the authentic Buddhist activities and find some trail of the legendary Shaolin Kung Fu.

Chuzu Temple

No.3: Chuzu Temple

Location: 1.3 km northwest of Shaolin Temple

Chuzu Temple is a cluster of small ancient buildings, built in Song dynasty to commemorate Bodhidharma. Lie in the quietness surrounded by pine and cypress trees, it is composed of Mountain Entry, Main Hall and Qianfo Cabinet with over 40 inscriptions preserved. Although small, this temple still attracts tourists to find its ingenious building style of wood structure and the unique appearance in the architecture.

How to Plan Your Dengfeng Shaolin Temple Tour

How to Get to Dengfeng Shaolin Temple: Usually take private car from Luoyang (about 1.5 hours) or Zhengzhou (about 2 hours); or take direct bus from Luoyang (about 2 hours) and Zhengzhou (around 1.5 hours)

Top Things to Do in Shaolin Temple: See ancient Buddhist architectures; watch Shaolin Kung Fu Show; join Shaolin Kung Fu Training Program

Where to Stay During Shaolin Temple Tour: Most tourists accommodate in hotels in Dengfeng City while Shaolin Kung Fu learners can stay in Kung Fu school with basic facilities.

After arrival from Luoyang or Zhengzhou, ordinary tourists usually spend one day visiting Shaolin Temple - a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and the birthplace of Chinese Buddhist Zen and Chinese Kung Fu (Martial Arts). One-day Shaolin Temple tour is a classic itinerary covering the best essence, which takes you to admire the sacred shrine with 7 courtyards, the Pagoda Forest and lots of ancient architectures. Besides the sightseeing, you can also watch a wonderful Shaolin Kung Fu show and even join in a short-period Kung Fu training class to learn some basic styles. Love nature and physical condition allows? Take half a day more to do an excursion on Sanhuang Village of Mount Song, walk on the amazing roads cliffside and witness unique mountain landform. (If you or your kids plan to take a longer Kung Fu learning near Shaolin Temple, you can also contact us to get more recommendations.)

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If you have one more day and are quite interested in ancient Chinese culture, Luoyang is another must-visit destination in Henan (if you haven’t visited). The awesome Longmen Grottoes stretching by the riverside and China’s first Buddhist temple - White Horse Temple are iconic sites for your Luoyang tour. Still, there are many remarkable cultural and natural sights in Henan worthy your exploration, including the spectacular Yuntai Mountain, mysterious Guoliang Village, interesting Yin Ruins of Anyang, ancient capital Kaifeng, etc. Finishing your Henan tour, you may extend your journey to Beijing, Xian and other major destinations in China as you want. You can choose from our most popular China Shaolin Temple tour packages or contact us to customize a trip based on your requirements.

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