Songyang Academy

Address: 2 kilometers north of downtown Dengfeng, Zhengzhou, Henan

Rank of the Scenic Area: 4A

Type of the Scenic Area: World Heritage

Ticket Price: RMB 30/person

Opening Hours: 6:30–17:30 before National Day

7:00–17:00 after National Day

Release Time: 2017/7/11 17:03:49

Introduction to the Scenic Area:

Located in the north section of Songyang Road in downtown Dengfeng and rated as National 4A Tourist Attraction, it is one of the four great academies in the Northern Song Dynasty in China, where Sima Guang, Fan Zhongyan, Zhu Xi and others once authored books and gave lectures. Two famous Confucians in Song Dynasty, Cheng Hao and Cheng Yi, founded “Cheng Brothers’ Neo-Confucianism” here, known to the world for Neo-Confucianism. Existing buildings include Xiansheng Hall, a lecture hall, Panchi Pool, Daotong Temple, and an ancient library. There are two 4,500-year-old cypresses, granted the title of General by Emperor Wu of the Han Dynasty, in the academy. Such old trees are rare in the world. The "Tablet of the Tang Dynasty Admiring the God's Virtue in Songyang Taoist Temple", was set up to commemorate a Taoist priest named Sun Taichong in Songyang Taoist Temple who made pills for Li Longji–Emperor Xuanzong of Tang, to cure the disease. It is the largest tablet with inscriptions today in Henan, a key relic protected at the national level, and a world cultural heritage site.

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Special Guide:

Docent Price: RMB 30 for a group less than 5 persons; RMB 50 for a group more than 5

Seasonal Characteristics:

Tourist Commodities: baked cake with scorched crust, Songshan coarse cereals, Shaolin Zen Tea, Songshan ginseng fruit, Shaolin vegetarian pie, and martial arts equipment

Traffic Information:

Parking Information: The parking lot in front of the ticket office gate of the Academy with about 50 parking bays; the parking lot outside of Songyang Scenic Area with 250 parking bays

Main Routes: Route I: Astronomical Observatory–Zhongyue Temple–Songyang Academy–Shaolin Temple

Route II: Songyang Academy–Songshan Mountain–Fawang Temple–Songyue Pagoda

Traffic: 1. about 97.8 kilometers from Xinzheng Airport, and about 103 minutes’ drive;

2. about 85.1 kilometers from Zhengzhou Bus Central Station, and about 112 minutes’ drive; 

3. about 85.1 kilometers from Zhengzhou Railway Station, and about 112 minutes’ drive; 

4. about 84.6 kilometers from downtown Zhengzhou, and about 111 minutes’ drive.

Self-driving Guide:

Tourist Shuttle Bus, Bus and Metro: take No. 2 bus in downtown to the terminal, Songyang Academy

Surrounding Tourist Attractions: Shaolin Temple (5A), Zhongyue Temple (4A), Luya Waterfall, Songyue Pagoda (World Cultural Heritage), Yongtai Temple, Astronomical Observatory (World Cultural Heritage), Fawang Temple, Songyue Pagoda (World Cultural Heritage), and Huishan Temple (World Cultural Heritage) Tel: 0371-62745599

Accommodation: Tianzhong Hotel (0371-62898888), Shaolin International Hotel (0371-62866188), Chanwu Hotel (0371-62808888), Fengyuan Hotel (0371-62865081), and Wudu Hotel (0371-62819988)

Dining: Jin’gui Restaurant (0371-62888900), Tianyuan Hotel, Yongtai Temple Vegetarian Restaurant (0371-62748757), Shancun Restaurant (0371-62888388), and many other farmhouse restaurants on both sides of the round-the-mountain highway in downtown for your choice.

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