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Shaolin Temple is probably the most famous temple in China because of its long history and martial arts…

Shaolin Temple is probably the most famous temple in China because of its long history and martial arts. Shaolin Temple is situated at the foot of Songshan Mountains, which is only eight miles of Dengfeng and about 50 miles southwest of Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province. Founded in 496 during the period of the Northern Wei (386-534), the temple is full of history. Batuo, an Indian monk, came to Luoyang, the ancient capital, for spreading Buddhism at that period. Emperor Xiaowen was a believer of Buddhism so he decided to build the temple in the Songshan Mountains to house Batuo, who translated many Buddhist works and had a few hundred followers there. Shaolin Temple also has a long tradition of Chinese martial arts, as the saying goes “All martial arts (gongfu) are from Shaolin”. There are many noted relics at Shaolin. There are over 300 ancient stone inscriptions, some of them by famous calligraphers. The large mural of 500 arhats in the Qianfo Hall was from the Ming Dynasty…

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