The Shaolin Temple

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On Sunday January 3d I traveled by bus from Luoyang to the famed Shaolin Temple, one of the oldest sites in an ancient country. It's famed as one of the birthplaces of the martial arts. I won't go into the history here--there are plenty of other and better sources, but suffice it to say that it was a very interesting locale. It's been burned down and rebuilt a number of times, the most recent desecration being the 1966 Cultural Revolution. So I believe that what we saw was mostly reconstructed.


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                                                                                                                                                                                       I went with Nancy, the mother of another expat teacher--she's here in Luoyang visiting Jamie for a couple of weeks. She was a perfect traveling companion.


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This guy's doing a handstand on his FINGERS.

One of the few authentic areas is the "Buddhist Pagoda Forest."

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Each monk is memorialized by a brick. They've been doing this for, oh, the last 1600 years or so...

The temple itself was lovely

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The day was chilly, and I was bundled up.

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But I had a really good time.


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I used to train in martial arts and found myself envying the students here.

They put on a pretty good show

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Most of the time they were moving so fast I couldn't get a great photo. They were marvelous.

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