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Dengfeng

Zhongyue Temple

The Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth" are 8 groups of sites located at the foot of the sacred Mount Songshan.

These sites are:

- Taishi Que Gates, Zhongue Temple

- Shaoshi Que Gates

- Qimu Que Gates

- Songye Temple Pagoda

- Architectural Complex of Shaolin Temple (Kernel Compound, Chuzu Temple, Pagoda Forest)

- Huishan Temple

- Songyang Academy of Classical Learning

- Observatory

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Community Reviews


Joyce van Soest - January 2011

I visited Dengfeng in 2009 and I didn't know it was going to be a WHS at that time. The reason I came here was the famous Shaolin monastery. Besides Chinese tourist groups, there was little tourist infrastructure for the individual tourist (it was hard finding a hotel and restaurant) so I didn't know about the other important places in the area. Visiting the Shaolin temple was impressive though. The complex is large and I especially liked the large wall with frescos (see picture). There's also a large pagoda forest and some other temples. Going up the mountain you will get to the cave where Boddhidarma meditated for nine years and where apparently zen Buddhism started and also Shaolin boxing


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Site Info

Full name: Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in "The Centre of Heaven and Earth"

Site History

  • 2010 - Inscribed

    Reasons for inscription
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  • 2010 - Revision

    Includes the former TWHS Songshan (2001)
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  • 2009 - Referred

    "Nominating the Observatory on its own", and other selective issues (as former TWHS Songshan)
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Locations

The site has 8 locations.

  • Architectural Complex of Shaolin Temple (Kernel Compound, Chuzu Temple, Pagoda Forest)
  • Huishan Temple
  • Observatory
  • Qimu Que Gates
  • Shaoshi Que Gates
  • Songyang Academy of Classical Learning
  • Songye Temple Pagoda
  • Taishi Que Gates, Zhongue Temple

Connections

The site has 14 connections.

Architecture

Constructions

Human Activity

Religion and Belief

  • Confucianism Songyang Confucian Academy
  • Pagoda Songyue Pagoda (brick) - twelve stories (40 meters); Northern Wei Dynasty *Pagoda Forest - 241 pagodas (brick, stone) - ten stories and below; Tang to Qing Dynasty
  • Sacred Mountains Mount Song
  • Taoism Zhongyue Taoist Temple AB)
  • Zen Shaolin Temple of Dengfeng, China, is where the first Zen or Chan patriarch founded the Zen school

Timeline

  • Built in the 2nd century The nominated buildings were initially constructed over a span of eighteen centuries between 118 AD and the 20th century. The Tishi, Shaoshi and Qimu Gates have survived since Han times

Trivia

WHS Hotspots

World Heritage Process