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Shaolin Temple is the most famous Martial arts shrine and Temples in China. Many domestic and foreign travelers will come from far and wide to visit the fabled birthplace of martial arts movements. The temple is more than that - thousands visit every year to pray and pay their respects at one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China. Shaolin Temple was founded in AD 495 by Indian monk Ba Tuo, on land given to him by the Northern Wei emperor; therefore, monks could focus on the disciplines of their faith.

What to visit in Shaolin Temple:

If you are a fan of Chinese Kungfu, Shaolin Temple might be a good option. Entering this sacred Buddhist holy land, you will see many exciting attractions, including the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwangdian), the Mahavira Hall, the Pagoda Forest, the Bodhidharma's Cave, and Martial Art Training Center, to name just a few. Now let's start to explore the authentic martial art in Shaolin Temple.
First, we will see the Tablet reading "Shaolin Temple" was inscribed by Emperor Kangxi (1622 - 1723) during the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). Under the stairs of the hall crouches two stone lions made in the Qing Dynasty. The main entrance of the Shanmen Hall ( Mountain Gate ) is a three-room single-eave Xieshan top building, sitting on a two-meter-high brick platform. 
Next, we arrive at Bodhidharma's Cave. In AD 527, Bodhidharma visited and founded what became the Chan (Zen in Japanese) sect. According to popular lore. Bodhidharma crossed the Yellow River on a single reed, and then he spent nine years meditating in a cave before entering the temple grounds. As the story goes, his shadow can still be seen in a nearby cave to this day, aptly named Bodhidharma's Cave.
Then, we come to the Mahavira Hall and Hall of Heavenly Kings. 
Mahavira Hall is the core building of the entire monastery, and it is also the place where monks gather to practice. 
The Hall of Heavenly Kings is the second entrance hall of Shaolin Temple. Inside the building are figures of the Four Heavenly Kings responsible for inspecting peoples' behavior, helping the troubled, and blessing them.
Unexpectedly, we come to the Pagoda Forest; it has appeared many times in various martial arts films & TV Shows, which can be regarded as a major feature of Shaolin Temple. The temple is named for the 246 multitiered monuments to noted monks from years gone by; each pagoda houses the ashes of a monk interred on the site from AD 791 to 1803. The pagodas take up a significant plot of land at the foot of breathtaking mountain scenery. However, the views can be blanketed in a haze that obscures what would otherwise be a picturesque panorama.
Songyang Academy, one of China's four "great academies. " Inside the academy grounds are two ancient cypresses, over 2,100 years old, planted by emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty.
Finally, you will come to the Shaolin Temple Wushu (Martial Arts) Training Center to see the authentic Chinese Kungfu, as one of the essential parts of traditional Chinese martial arts. The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kung Fu is one of the high martial arts schools in my country. It has a long history and profound influence. It is an integral part of traditional Chinese martial arts. The most prominent feature of Shaolin Kungfu is the spirit of Zen is the essence of comprehend. Comprehend is a manifestation of Zen to Zen into force; we can achieve a high-level realm of Shaolin martial arts. Shaolin monks have been practicing Kung Fu for over 1,500 years. The system was invented by Dharma, who taught the monks basic methods to improve their health and defend themselves. 
Kungfu Show Time: 9:30, 10:30, 11:30, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00 PM, and each performance will take about half an hour.

Opening Hours & Admission Fee

Opening Hours Peak season: 7:30 - 18:00 ( March to November ).
Off-season: 8:00 to 17:30 ( December to February ).
Admission Fee CNY 90
Shuttle Bus CNY 20
Recommended Time for a Visit 2 - 3 Hours

Climate & Weather of Shaolin Temple in Luoyang:

Luoyang has a warm temperate continental monsoon climate, with windy springs and dry climate in spring, hot summers, centralized rain, adequate sunshine, dry and cold winters, sparse rain, and snow, and the annual average temperature is 14.4 to 15 degree Celsius. Among them, from April to October ( Spring-Autumn ) are the best seasons to visit Shaolin Temple.

Annual Temperature of the Year/℃ ( High-Low )

Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May. Jun.
1/-1 5/-2 16/5 20/11 27/16 35/23
July Aug. Sept. Oct. Nov. Dec.
32/13 30/23 24/17 20/12 10/5 7/-1

How to Get to Shaolin Temple?

a) It can be reached in 25 minutes along Luoshao Expressway.
b) Tourist buses are going directly from Luoyang Bus Station to Shaolin Temple ( The bus fare is CNY 20 and it takes 1.5-2h ).
c) Tourists can take a flight to Luoyang Airport, then take the No. 83 bus to Luoyang Bus Station and then transfer the shuttle bus to Shaolin Temple.
d) Take the long-distance buses to Dengfeng pass through the Shaolin road junction, from here to Shaolin Temple only 2 kilometers away.
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