On day 7 in our journey to the Terracotta Warriors, we finally leave Shanghai and fly up to the city of Luoyang. This leg of the trip I organized with our private guide Lisa and we start things off with a little kung fu.
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Town of Dengfeng
After getting picked up by Lisa and Mr. Zheng, we drove from Luoyang to Dengfeng. We ate at this surprisingly good vegetarian restaurant for 40RMB a head.
Early Check In
Our early check in at Shaoshi Shanzhai Inn & Hotel was met with confusion as the lady working the desk didn’t know how to use the computer to check our Agoda hotel booking. She gave us the keys eventually.
Right after we got dropped off at the entrance, we were graced with this spectacular view even despite the rain.
This is one of the oldest and largest Shaolin Kung Fu schools in the area with 30,000 students here.
Shaolin Temple Theater
The theater for the 30 minute kung fu show at Shaolin Temple. Yes it’s quite commercialized here but the show is included with your entrance ticket.
The Actual Shaolin Temple
We thought the rain was over but it started up again after the show. This is in front of the entrance to the actual Shaolin Temple. It has quite the storied history.
Lisa gave us a ton of history facts about the monks but what tripped me up the most was all the dynasties this temple has seen through.
Pagoda Forest at Shaolin
The Pagoda Forest at Shaolin looked a lot different than I had imagined. In my head I was thinking it would be more of a forest path but instead it turned out to be really a giant cemetery of these stupas built to commemorate various monk leaders over the years at Shaolin.
Typically the training field for the students, this was turned into overflow parking on the day we visited.
Where To Stay near Shaolin Temple
The hotel we booked for our stay was the Shaoshi Shanzhai Inn & Hotel.
Lost in translation
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