Shaolin Temple Scenic Spot on Mount Song in Dengfeng City
Shaolin Temple Scenic Spot is situated on Mount Song of Dengfeng County in Henan Province. Mount Song, the “Central Great Mountain” among the Five Great Mountains, consists of Taishi Mountain (1,494 m in altitude) and Shaoshi Mountain (1,512 m in altitude) and others, and sits high in the Central Plain with towering mountains overlapping one after another. Located between Kaifeng and Luoyang which are two ancient capitals in China’s history, it is a place where lots of literary men have been nurtured since the ancient times. Emperors, princes, generals and ministers, literary men, eminent monks and chivalrous people in past dynasties left a lot of places of interest, such as Shaolin Temple built in Northern Wei Dynasty, Zhongyue Temple with a grand scale, Songyang Academy- one of the four academies in China and two “General Cypresses” in the yard, and the most ancient Songyue Pagoda, Taishi Mountain, Shaoshi Mountain, three Han Que gates, and ancient observatory, etc.
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