Shaolin Temple reopens after five-month COVID-19 closure

The world famous Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province reopened to public on Monday after a months-long closure over concerns surrounding COVID-19. The 1,500-year-old temple opened its gates at 9 a.m., ushering in its first tourists in five months. 

The temple authorities said they took stern epidemic control measures, including thorough disinfection of the temple and nucleic acid testing of its monks.  

The Shaolin Temple, like many other scenic spots and cultural sites in China, closed in late January to curb the spread of COVID-19.  

The Shaolin Temple attracts visitors from home and abroad not only for its exquisite buildings such as the Hall of Heavenly Kings (Tianwang Hall), the Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian), the Pagoda Forest and the Dharma Cave, but also for its unique kungfu culture.

As the Dragon Boat Festival holiday draws near, the Shaolin Temple is one of the best tourist destinations.  

1. From Luoyang City: Visitors can take a tourist bus from Luoyang Bus Station. It usually takes about 1.5 hours to reach the temple.   
2. From Zhengzhou City: It usually takes about 20 minutes from Zhengzhou Bus Station to the temple.

Travel tips:  
Recommended visiting hours: 3-4 hours  
Best time to travel: Spring/Autumn

(Cover: The Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province. /VCG)