Shaolin Zen Music Ritual

Shaolin Zen Music Ritual, performed in Daixian Gorge of Songshan Mountain, 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Dengfeng City, 7 kilometers (4 miles) southeast of Shaolin Temple, Henan Province, is world’s largest-scale outdoor performance in mountains. It skillfully combines Zen Buddhism music played by 88 Guzheng (a kind of Chinese stringed plucked instrument similar to zither) and wood block, martial arts displayed by about 600 shaolin monks, and dance of local shepherdesses with modern sound and light technologies, offering a feast to the eyes and ears. It altogether has five movements, mainly showing the Zen Buddhism concepts.  

Shaolin Zen Music RitualPerformed on World’s Largest Outdoor Stage

 The stage of Shaolin Zen Music Ritual is set in a canyon with Songshan Mountain as background. There are streams, trees and stone bridges around, making the stage more attracting. The entire performance area is nearly 3 square kilometers (1 square mile), with a biggest height of 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), making it the world's largest outdoor performance stage. The auditorium consists of zigzag wooden corridors and temple-like buildings, which are in harmony with the surrounding natural landscapes. The audience will sit on a rush cushion to watch the performance, which is also a feature of Shaolin Zen Music Ritual to enhance the atmosphere. 

The First Movement - Water Music

This chapter mainly tells the Buddhism behind the classic Chinese landscape painting “Travelers among Mountains and Streams”. The rain and the stream, the moonlight and the temple, the monks and the peasant family, the Buddhist Poetry and the chant, form of a harmonious and perfect picture of human life.

The Second Movement - Wood Music

In this movement, the shaolin monks use the wood blocks to tell their life story: the capricious young ages, the strong middle ages and experienced old ages. Among the steady sounds of wood blocks, shepherdesses come singing, bringing the beauty of the world to the pure land of Buddha. The wood block is originally a musical instrument used in Buddhism ceremonies, but the composer adds it into this Shaolin Zen Music Ritual, showing the special charming of Buddhism music.  

The Third Movement - Wind Music

By playing martial arts including wind box and wind sticks to Guzhen music, Shaolin monks tell a legendary story about Shaolin Temple. It begins with the plot "Dharma Faces the Wall and Mediatates" and aims to show the inheritance of this old temple. 

The Fourth Movement - Light Music

With the change of lights, snow, forest, pagoda, and the eminent monk come out one after another and the life scenes of Buddha and common people overlap. This chapter tells the truth of life and shows the respect to life.

The Fifth Movement - Stone Music

Stone Music is the odd part of Shaolin Zen Music Ritual. The instruments used are made from ancient stones with the age of over 3.6 billion years from Song Mountain. The singing from the shaolin monks are solemn and soothing, bringing this music ritual to the climax. 

How to Get to Shaolin Zen Music Ritual Venue

From Zhengzhou:

Take a long-distance bus from Zhengzhou Central Long-distance Bus Station next to the East Square of Zhengzhou Railway Station to Dengfeng which takes about CNY 30 and an hour. The bus leaves every 0.5-1 hour from around 06:00 to 20:00. Then take a taxi which takes about CNY 20 and 20 minutes to get there.

From Luoyang:

Get on a long-distance bus From Luoyang Long-distance Bus to Dengfeng. The bus station is to the southeast of Luoyang Railway Station and the bus departs from around 06:00 to 18:00 every 20 minutes to 2 hours based on passenger flow. Duration is about 1.5 hours and ticket fare is CNY25. After getting off, take a taxi to the venue.  
Ticket Price
Presidential Area: CNY 999
VIP Area: CNY 499
Area A: CNY 299
Area B: CNY 269
Area C: CNY 199
Half price for children of 1.2 - 1.5 meters (3.9 – 5.3 feet)..
Free for children below 1.2 meters (1.3 yards).
Performing Time 20:00 - 21:15 from March to November
- Last modified on Jul. 29, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Shaolin Zen Music Ritual
Asked by Diong from MALAYSIA | Jul. 22, 2019 03:06Reply
Can buy Shaolin Zen Music Ritual when arrived? Is the show on end of November?Any hotel in Dengfeng?
We want to go Shaolin Zen Music Ritual after Huashan tour. i think we will arrive Luoyang about 5pm to take the bus to Dengfeng for night Shaolin performance. Is there any hotel in Dengfeng and stay over after the performance? because we want to visit Shaolin Temple the next morning. Thanks.
Answers (2)
Answered by Minton from USA | Jul. 25, 2019 19:41

You can buy the ticket on the spot and this show displays all year round. There are many hotels in Dengfeng like Songshanju Boutique Hostel, which is located at Dayu Road and Chongfu Road intersection to the east 100 meters north. You don't need to worry about accommodation issue at all.
Answered by Diong from MALAYSIA | Jul. 29, 2019 02:10

Thank you Minton for clear information. It will be very helpful for me. Thanks
Asked by Saffron from MALAYSIA | Apr. 19, 2019 08:50Reply
Any public transport after the show of Shaolin Zen Music Ritual back to Luoyang?
Or will it be easy to catch a taxi to Luoyang/ Zhengzhou?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emerson from UKRAINE | Apr. 23, 2019 18:25

I am afraid that there is no public transportation back to Luoyang. Thus for your convenience, just take the taxi to Luoyang/Zhengzhou. It won't be difficult for you to find a car.
Asked by Natalia from UKRAINE | Mar. 31, 2019 01:26Reply
I would like to know whether the Shaolin Zen Music Ritual takes place every day?
I am planning a trip and and can you please provide the Chinese language web site or app for tickets. Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Dylan from POLAND | Apr. 09, 2019 18:38

Yes, as I know, it takes place every day. You can try to dial 0371-62809111 to book the tickets. :)
Asked by Choy from AUSTRALIA | Feb. 24, 2019 00:04Reply
How much for a one day taxi hire from Luoyang to Shaolin & back?
We want to visit Shaolin Temple, Deng Feng and also attend the Zen Music Ritual. We are staying in Luo yang. Would it best to hire a taxi for a day? If so, how much would it cost?
Answers (1)
Answered by Peyton from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 27, 2019 00:19

As I know, the fare is CNY800 to 1000 per day. Yes, for your convenience, you are suggested to hire a car for a day.
Asked by Miss Tang from SINGAPORE | Nov. 16, 2018 18:18Reply
Any public transport after 9pm back to Zhengzhou?
How to get back to Zhengzhou after the Shaolin Zhen Music after 9pm via public transport. Please help Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Rebecca from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 18, 2018 22:27

I'm afraid there is no bus running from Shaolin Temple to Zhengzhou after 21:00 and you are advised to take a taxi or hire a private car to Zhengzhou.
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