9008782690?profile=originalThe Shaolin Temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in China and the home of the famous Kung Fu practicing monks. The style of Buddhism developed here centered on martial arts training and meditation. The tradition was carried on through the years from master to student. Today, Shaolin is still the focal point for Kung Fu in China and a great place for visitors to experience this ancient art form.

Located on Shaoshi Mountain just outside of Luoyang, the temple offers many different opportunities for visitors to see Kung Fu including shows and lessons. One of the most interesting activities involves staying overnight inside the temple. This is one way to get off the standard tourist circuit and out of the big cities. Accommodations within the complex are simple and a bit dated. They are mostly used by students who come from around the world to study Shaolin Kung Fu techniques over an extended period. While the accommodations are humble, it all seems worthwhile after waking up to a view of thousands of students practicing synchronized Kung Fu in the temple courtyards at sunrise. The sight is one of the most stunning China experiences and one that earns visitors bragging rights with their family and friends at home. 

The China Guide Travel Agency can arrange overnight stays in the Shaolin Temple, Kung Fu lessons, and any additional tours around China. To book a overnight stay or a tour, email book@thechinaguide.com.  For a full range of The China Guide's services, visit www.thechinaguide.com.

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