Top things to do

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…
Martial Arts in Sōng Shān & Dēngfēng

Wǔshù Training Centre

Coming through Shàolín Temple's main entrance, you’ll pass several wǔshù schools. On the right, about 500m in, is the Wǔshù Training Centre, with free entertaining performances by the novices – a quintessential part…