Global Mark : 10.99
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Comments : You do not need to spend the night here if you arrive
early : leave your bag at the Train or bus station, check out the sights and
then leave to Shaolin, a more relaxed place to sleep (at least this was the case
before the "Shaolin Revolution", see the locality for more
details)... Alternatively, Luoyang
can be visited as a day trip from Shaolin.
What to do : As soon as you arrive, take Bus No81 from the train station to the Longmen caves / Return by bus No60 and stop at Xiyuan Park / Walk along the green streets up to Wangcheng Park / Walk or take Bus No101 or 54 to the busy shopping and market area / Go back to the train station pick up your bag and then take a minibus to the White Horse Temple / From the temple, charter a bus coming from Luoyang to Shaolin...
What you may not like : The insistence of the motorcycle drivers at the caves to drive you to the wrong entrance / The postcard sellers inside the compound / The bad condition of most of the caves / Not being allowed to enter the caves / Back in town, the (very) young beggars around the shopping centers / The activity, noise and pollution around the train and buses stations...
How long ? One day is enough
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If you have seen the caves at Datong, you will probably be disappointed by the bad condition of those. So you might consider not buying the ticket but crossing the bridge instead and walk on the opposite river side for an excellent free view of the complex (it looks impressive but most of the holes are in fact empty) as well as the Ancestor Worshipping Temple, the biggest and nicest statues of Longmen. Also on this side are a few caves (in the same bad conditions) that you can visit for 5Y only : a somehow better deal... You can continue your walk by a nice stroll in the countryside along the river. If you change your mind about seeing the decapitated Buddha, you can from there head toward the souvenirs shops and second ticket office...
(1) Leave when full
It is much faster and easy to reach Shaolin from here than from Zhengzhou but you should also be careful not to join a tour if you leave in the morning. The risk free ticket office is on the east of the long distance bus station, on the corner of Guang Hua Lu. It takes some time to leave the city and this part of town is not particularly attractive... Once in the countryside, the sights are much nicer and, just before arriving, the road goes up to offer a good panorama on the right side.