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    by l_joo Written Mar 27, 2012

    Bring your sons daughters to Shaolin Temple, I saw many Kungfu students age around 8-10 only, worldwide tourists taking photos like mad especially at these young students.

    Hundreds maybe thousands of young Kungfu students practising together in group on a vastly outdoor area, forming a landscape of actions, with the blurry background covered by cold weather coming from the hill, voices of shouting from every movements can be heard, tourists staring quietly taking videos and photos...........what a view!

    I think your son will say "I want to join them"

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    by l_joo Written Mar 27, 2012

    The last time I read, up here in the Shaolin Temple and its surroundings, countless fake monks can be seen and they went around begging and disturbing tourists for money causing big messes.

    I read a news that UNESCO World Heritage changed the look of Shaolin Temple entriely, now that all fake monks has gone. Monks that I saw are those standing inside the temple, guiding and helping tourists, they are tour guide cum monks I guess. None of them approaching me asking for money.

    The entire place looks peaceful, clean and well arranged, they even have colorful porcelain flower pots and real flowers decorated inside toilets, so far so good, no negative comments this time.

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    by l_joo Written Mar 27, 2012

    Shaolin Temple is located 60km+ away from city, is actually in the hills, neighboring the SongShan Mountain. Your bus can only send you to the main entrance, the rest fully rely on your own legs, therefore be ready to walk a full day, 5-7 hours at least, no food sellers and no 7-Eleven, McDonald's or KFC, the only few restaurants are located at certain spots. 1 beer cost RMB10 up here, normal price RMB2 only.

    Bring your own foods is a good idea.

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    by l_joo Written Apr 21, 2012

    Total cost is only RMB200.00, inclusive everything, except meals, beer & extra services.

    You need only 3 steps. First step is to fly/train/bus to Zhengzhou. Second step is to look for a hotel to stay in Zhengzhou, any hotels will do. Third step is to inform your hotel that you want to visit Shaolin Temple, and then you wait at your hotel in the early morning at 6.30am, car will come to pick you up, to a gathering point, you will sit inside a big 5-star bus, with a tour guide speaking Chinese (you need to special arrange an English speaking tourguide), you will be arranged everything, including meals, cable car ticket, etc. The bus will send you back to your hotel the same day at around 6pm.

    Self-arrange to Shaolin Temple will end up more expensive than the 1-Day-Trip of RMB200 inclusive of the all-in-one-ticket. Senior citizen pay just only RMB100.

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  • by joelaldo Written Mar 5, 2006

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    The price (100rmb) is most definitely NOT worth it.

    The location of the shaolin temple, and a couple of trees are the few original things left...most other things were destroyed during a particular war...guess which one.

    It's a huge tourist trap. The temple itself is just a place to take pictures and be 'marvelled' by easternn mysticism, but there are plenty of vendors, signs in multiple languages, and tour guide to remind u that Shaolin is about making money...not what buddhist temples are usually designed to do.

    DO NOT PAY for the kung fu show...it's not worth it. It was mildly acceptable if you've never seen kung fu, but 100% unauthentic. The guys doing the show will charge you 15 yuan to be able to take a picture w/ them in their uniforms

    BTW...kids who want to study at the shaolin pay big bucks...so when u see these kids lined up practicing kung fu...they paid beacoup yuan to be able to say they studied at shaolini.

    Unique Suggestions: Pagoda Forest. It's a monk graveyard, and has many ancient 'pagodaS'. Pretty much, when a revered monk dies, they bury his ashes in the ground and build a pagoda over it. Some of these are nearly 2,500 yrs old!!! It's actually pretty neat,...spend more time here rather than at the temple, and ask your tour guide a lot of questions.

    Fun Alternatives: daoist temple on the outskirts of the city, and other attractions in dengfeng...just not shaolin. DengFeng has other great sites

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