Songshan National Park
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Songshan National Park (嵩山国家公园) is located in Henan Province.
Song Shan is one of the five sacred Daoist Mountains. The national park is also home to something very Buddhist in nature - Shaolin Temple and the art of Kung Fu. Within the National park is the small town of Dengfeng, home to the area's accommodations and food establishments.
The park is about two hours from Zhengzhou. It's an easy day trip. Bus leave opposite the train station every 20-30 minutes all morning. Be warned: many of the bus tickets are actually tours, that may spend most of the day at auxilary sites or eating lunch instead of the Shaolin complex. These tours do not include entrance fees. Try to make sure you're going on a direct bus, or hire a van, if you want to see it on your own. From bus station take bus no 1 to the end and hop on bus 8. Costs 3 yuan instead of 30 with tourist bus.
There are regular buses from Luoyang’s main bus station that pass by the entrance of Shaolin Temple, costing RMB 19. There are no fixed services from Shaolin back to Luoyang, but for most of the day you can flag a bus heading back towards the city for RMB 20. The journey takes around 90 minutes.
From the main entrance and ticket office, golf buggies run to the temple and beyond for RMB 10 per journey. The walk from the entrance to the main Shaolin Temple is around 1.5km.
There are plenty of shops around the site selling Shaolin Temple t-shirts and martial art supplies.
There is a Dicos fast food branch by the main gate, along with plenty of smaller pot noodle stalls.