Mount Song — Shaolin Kung Fu in Chinese Culture

Mount Song has 72 peaks and had been visited by many clan leaders and kings in the history of China as far as 4,000 to 5,000 years ago.

 

It is believed as the place where the God of Water Yu the Great lived, who led people to defeat huge floods and established the first dynasty Xia

 

Empress Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in the history of China, had held a big worship ceremony, Feng Chan, there as well, as an exceptional monarch. 

It also has many Taoism, Buddhism, and Confucianism buildings, as well as the oldest  (built 1276) astronomical observatory in China. 

 

The famous Shaolin Temple is located here, which is well known for their Kung Fu and its historical, valuable buildings.

 

Shaolin was firstly built in the year 495 and then expanded slowly. Until once, some of their well-trained monks saved Emperor Li Shimin, Shaolin became a famous temple that was supported by the royal family.

 

Since then, it developed soon and is respected as one of the most well-established temples in China.

Panorama of Mount Song

Panorama of Mount Song

Ancient buildings

Ancient buildings

Ancient astronomical observatory

Ancient astronomical observatory

Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple

Drawbridge

Drawbridge

Mount Song in winter

Mount Song in winter

Shaolin Kong Fu

Shaolin Kong Fu

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Taoism temples

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