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How to Plan Shaolin Temple Tour - Shaolin Temple Trip Planner

Take a refreshing visit to the legendary Shaolin Temple is once-in-a-lifetime experience for most of people who are interested in Chinese culture especially Kung Fu culture. As one of the most religious and cultural places in China, Shaolin Temple is not just a temple, and visiting Shaolin Temple is not just visiting a temple too. Different visitors enjoy their Shaolin Temple experience with different ways. However, planning a great trip to Shaolin Temple is not always easy as this temple is not located in tourists-friendly destinations like Beijing, Shanghai and Xian in China. But with Our Shaolin Temple Trip Planner, you can easily get the most helpful advice and more vital travel information you need to know before you go, including where to go, where to stay, ho to get, when to go, etc. Star planning now!

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Shaolin Temple Normal Visit Plan

A normal visit to Shaolin Temple simple and easy to go. It can be done in a half day or a full day, depending on your time and interest. Walking along the road from the entrance of the scenic area, you will pass through the Shaolin Martial Arts Hall where you can take a stop to enjoy magnificent Shaolin Kung Fu show performed by Shaolin temple monks. Then you will visit the temples and halls of Shaolin Temple, and lastly get to the most famous Pagoda Forest. Lastly, return the same way to exit Shaolin Temple. This is the most classic Shaolin Temple. It takes several kilometers to walk the whole journey. If you want to save time, you can take the sightseeing bus. The most popular way is to walk in and take sightseeing bus out.

Recommended Tour: ✔ 2 Days Shaolin Kung Fu Tour from Zhengzhou

Shaolin Temple Visit plus Mount Song Hiking

Normal Shaolin Temple visit can be done in a half day. If you have more time, you can go to hike Sanhuang Village on Mount Song which is has many beautiful mountain trails hanging in the air. The “book lined rocks” views are incredible. For a leisure and time-efficient experience, you can take cable car to ascend and descend the mountain. If you prefer more hiking experience, you can take cable car up to the mountain, then hike about 2hrs down to the foot of Mount Song.

Recommended Tour: ✔ 3 Days Shaolin Temple Mount Song Hiking Tour

Shaolin Kung Fu Class Plan

After visiting the temples and pagodas, you can go to take a Shaolin Kung Fu class in a local school. The Kung Fu training programs can be as short as an hour, or as long as 3 or more years, depending on how much you want to learn. If you only want to explore the Kung Fu culture and study some basic Kung Fu skills, the 2-hour Kung Fu class is recommended. Longer-termed Kung Fu training can also be organized.

Recommended Tour: ✔ 3 Days Shaolin Kung Fu Tour including Luoyoang Highlights

Shaolin Temple Trip PlanShaolin Kung Fu
Shaolin Temple Trip PlanMount Song Sanhuang Village Hiking

How to Get to Shaolin Temple?

Shaolin Temple cannot be reached by flight, train or subway directly. It is located at the foot of Mount Song, about 55 km from Luoyang City and about 90km from Zhengzhou. The nearest city is Dengfeng which is about 30mins’ drive away.

To get to Shaolin Temple, you need to take a flight or train to Luoyang or Zhengzhou first, then transfer to Shaolin Temple by taxi or public buses. To get rid of crowded and time-consuming public transportation, you can take our worry-free private transfer to Shaolin Temple which is included in our Shaolin Temple tour packages. You can be picked up at the airport, train station or hotel according to your own time and interest.

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Recommended Tour: ✔ 3 Days Shaolin Temple Longmen Grottoes Tour from Zhengzhou

Shaolin Temple Transportation Map Shaolin Temple Transportation Map (click to enlarge)

Best Time to Visit Shaolin Temple

The Shaolin Temple area has a temperate continental climate with distinct four seasons. The annual average temperature is around 14°C. January (average temperature about 3°C) is the coldest month. The hottest month is July (average temperature about 27°C).

You can visit Shaolin Temple all year around, but the most comfortable time is from March to October. However, as one of the most popular attractions in China, Shaolin Temple easily get crowded during peak time (July to October) and Chinese holidays. You can visit in the morning to avoid crowds or travel with a travel agency like us.

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Shaolin Temple Trip PlanShaolin Temple in May

Where to Stay around Shaolin Temple?

Shaolin Temple doesn’t provide hotel service. You can accommodate in nearby Dengfeng city which is only about 15km from Shaolin Temple. There are many choices of 4-star and 3-star hotels in Dengfeng City. Below are three commended hotels in Dengfeng city:

Chanwu Hotel 禅武大酒店 ★★★★
Address: E'poling, West of Dayu Road, Dengfeng 452470, China 河南省登封市大禹路西段鹅坡岭

Shaolin International Hotel 登封少林国际大酒店 ★★★★
Address: No.20 Shaolin Road, Dengfeng 450000, China 河南省登封市登封少林大道20号

Dengfeng Tianzhong Hotel 登封天中大酒店 ★★★★
Address: No.22 East Section of Zhongyue Street, Dengfeng 450000, China 河南省郑州市登封市中岳大街东段22号

Many travelers choose to stay in Zhengzhou or Luoyang where hotel amenities and services are better than Dengfeng. It is absolutely not rush to take a day tour to Shaolin Temple from Zhengzhou or Luoyang.

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Shaolin Temple Hotel Chanwu Hotel Shaolin Temple Hotel Shaolin International Hotel

Visit Shaolin Temple with Luoyang

Shaolin Temple visit is usually a part of Luoyang trip. Luoyang was capital city of 13 ancient Chinese dynasties including the most famous Tang Dynasty, which makes it full of cultural relics and history. It is home to the famous Longmeng Grottoes - one of the most significant masterpieces of Buddhist rock carving and sacred White Horse Temple - China's first Buddhist temple. A classic Luoyang Shaolin Temple usually needs 3 days (can be shortened to 2 days) as below:

Day 1 Take a high speed train to Luoyang from Xian, Beijing or other cities, and get picked up by local tour guide at train station;
Day 2 Drive about 1.5hrs from Luoyang city to Dengfeng to visit Shaolin Temple and return to Luoyang. Visit White Horse Temple on route;
Day 3 Visit Luoyang Museums and Longmen Grottoes, then go to catch your departing train/flight.

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Shaolin Temple Trip PlanLongmen Grottoes in Luoyang

Extend Your Trip to Beijing and Xian

Shaolin Temple is located between Beijing and Xian. It is strongly recommended to take a stopover for 2 days in Luoyang to visit the legendary Shaolin Temple and magnificent Longmen Grottoes. You can easily transfer between 3 cities by direct high speed trains. A Beijing Luoyang Xian tour is the unique tour of ancient capitals during which you will explore many World Heritage Sites. Below is the suggested itinerary:

Day 1 Beijing arrival. Be picked up by local tour guide;
Day 2 A leisure day tour of Beijing city, including Tian’anmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace;
Day 3 Enjoy a special hiking on the Great Wall of China;
Day 4 Visit Temple of Heaven and take a rickshaw in Hutong, then take a high speed train to Luoyoang;
Day 5 Sidetrip to Shaolin Temple from Luoyang;
Day 6 Visit Longmen Grottoes then take a high speed train to Xian;
Day 7 Xian historical tour including Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall, Snack Street;
Day 8 Visit educational Shaanxi History Museum and ancient Giant Wild Goose Pagoda, and leave Xian.

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Shaolin Temple Trip PlanTerracotta Warriors in Luoyang

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Shaolin Temple Trip PlanOur dear guest Walkers visited the Pagoda Forest in Shaolin Temple

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