Attractions

Mountain in Sōng Shān & Dēngfēng

Mt Tàishì

Arguably the best hike in the area, Mt Tàishì serves as a much quieter counterpoint to Shàolín Temple. It's not for slackers, however; like all Chinese mountains, the steps go straight up, and these ascend a leg-bus…
Buddhist Temple in Sōng Shān & Dēngfēng

Shàolín Temple

The largely rebuilt Shàolín Temple is a commercialised victim of its own incredible success. A frequent target of war, the ancestral home of wǔshù was last torched in 1928, and the surviving halls – many of recent c…
Taoist Temple in Sōng Shān & Dēngfēng

Zhōngyuè Temple

A few kilometres east of Dēngfēng, the ancient and hoary Zhōngyuè Miào is a colossal active Taoist monastery complex that originally dates back to the 2nd century BC. The complex – embedded in a mountainous backgrou…
Historic Building in Sōng Shān & Dēngfēng

Sōngyáng Academy

At the foot of Tàishì Shān sits one of China’s oldest academies, the lush and well-tended Sōngyáng Academy, a building complex which dates to 484 and rises up the hill on a series of terraces. In the courtyard are t…