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July 08, 2016

ZHENGZHOU: Dengfeng Shaolin Temple @TigerAirSG

July 08, 2016

ZHENGZHOU: Dengfeng Shaolin Temple @TigerAirSG





Shaolin Temple

When you speak about China, one of the things that comes to mind is Kung Fu! Journey with us to Zhengzhou--the birthplace of Shaolin Kung Fu--as we get to know the cradle of Zen Buddhism and the ancient Chinese martial arts.

Dengfeng Shaolin Temple was once hidden thousands of years ago (459 AD) inside the dense jungle of the Songshan mountain. The reconstructed World Cultural & Natural Heritage site is now a destination where people come to visit the temple and where young students and tourists alike come to train in martial arts.

Here's what to expect inside the Shaolin capital...





Shaolin Temple

Kung Fu has been practiced by Shaolin monks for over 1,500 years. It was introduced by Dharma who taught the monks how to defend themselves.

 

Shaolin Temple

The style of Buddhism that developed here is centered on martial arts training and Zen meditation.

 

Shaolin Temple

You can see students practicing in the courtyard.

 

Shaolin Temple

The Shaolin temple has two popular structures, the Hall of Heavenly Kings and the Mahavira Hall. We didn't have time to visit the Pagoda Forest, but I heard it's a must when in the area.

 

Shaolin Temple

You can find thousand-year-old gingko trees with poke marks left by monks practicing finger punching on the trunks.

 

Shaolin Temple

You can even see the sunken floor of the hall from all those years of practice.

 

Shaolin Temple

What you shouldn't miss is the amazing martial arts performance by the Shaolin students.

 

Shaolin Temple

Make sure to go early to get a nice seat near the stage.

 

Shaolin Temple

The theater might look commercialized but the performance is very authentic.

 

 

Shaolin Temple

Tip: I strongly urge you volunteer up on stage! No spoilers here. :)

 

Shaolin Temple
We heard Shaolin medicine is quite effective as the students are often prone to injury. You can get an herbal patch (80 Rmb/box) or a spray (100 Rmb for 3 bottles) at the medicinal hall, which are both good for aching joints and muscle pains. I can't wait to test these healing benefits after my next CrossFit class.

 

Shaolin Temple

Visit the DengFeng Shaolin Temple website here: http://www.shaolin.org.cn/

 

Zhengzhou: Shaolin Temple
The Shaolin Zen Music Ritual is one of the highlights you should also experience when visiting Dengfeng.

It's just a 2km car ride away from the Dengfeng Shaolin Temple.

 

Zhengzhou: Shaolin Temple

The world-class performance is set outdoors in a natural valley in Songshan. It has the biggest stage setup covering 5 square kilometers of space. It was visually stunning, incorporating the waterfalls, trees, mountains, and all the natural scenery as part of the stage production.

 

Zhengzhou: Shaolin Temple

The show depicts multiple stories of how Zen Buddhism was brought to China, with live background music, a beautiful light setup, and amazing, hair-raising performances.

 

Zhengzhou: Shaolin Temple

My favorite part was when real Shaolin kids performed spectacular acrobatic tricks and martial arts movements...

 

Zhengzhou: Shaolin Temple

...and when hundreds of monks chanted in this deep harmonic overtone.

Though the show is in Chinese, you can still appreciate the music and the beauty of the play. The show is reserved seating and starts at 8.15pm till 9:30pm every day.

President ticket: 980 RMB, VIP ticket: 428 RMB, A District ticket: 248 RMB, B District ticket: 198 RMB, C District ticket: 168 yuan RMB

Shaolin Zen Music Ritual website: http://www.czslyydd.com

 

Zhengzhou: Shaolin Temple

I could definitely say that a trip to Zhengzhou wouldn't be complete without having to visit the Dengfeng Shaolin Temple!

I recommend blocking off a whole day for exploring Songshan with a visit to the Shaolin Temple, Pagoda Forest, Monk's courtyard, and watching the live exhibition. A real treat for martial art lovers.

The Shaolin Zen Music Ritual is also a must. Tickets were quite pricey but worth it!

 

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Live an Awesome Life,

Abi of Team Our Awesome Planet

Disclosure: Our experience was courtesy of Tiger AirwaysWe wrote this article with our biases, opinions, and insights 

P.S. Explore historical Zhengzhou and Henan province with Tigerair's latest flights from Singapore-Zhengzhou. Our flight from the Philippines to Zhengzhou was made convenient with the Tiger Connect transfer service within Singapore Changi Airport's transit area without the need to clear on arrival.

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