Shaolin Temple and Mt. Danxiashan Bids for World Heritage
Shaolin Temple and Mt. Danxiashan's biding for World Heritage are being reviewed by the 34th World Heritage Conference, which started from July 25th, 2010, in Brasilia, the capital of Brazil.
The 1500-year-old Shaolin Temple The outlandish Teapot Hill of Mt. Danxiashan
The 10-day conference would proceed the session of discussing 32 candidate sites and announcing the new members of the World Heritage. Amongst the applying list are Mt. Danxiashan and Shaolin Temple.
Shaolin Temple, Chinese best-loved Buddhist temple, took its strides for the second time towards the World Cultural Heritage. Unlike its first race, Shaolin Temple launched the application jointly with several places of interest in the historic Mt. Songshan in Dengfeng City, Henan Province in Central China. The official name for the biding was not Shaolin Temple, but Tian Di Zhi Zhong (literally means Center of the World) Historical Architecture Group.
Shaolin monks' religious ceremonies Monks practice kungfu every day in Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple, or Temple of Shaolin, was first built in 495 of Beiwei Dynasty (North Wei Dynasty, 386 - 577 AD) and had its heyday in Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD). However, Shaolin Temple was laid to waste several times during devastating wars in the following dynasties. Fortunately, the temple was reconstructed by pious monks that survived, which was said to be the magic reviving power of Buddha.
Gorgeous Buddha statues and religious paintings The hard practice of Iron Head kungfu
Nowadays, Shaolin Temple enjoys unrivalled reputation in China and the other parts of the world, not only as the sacred Mecca to Buddhists but also as the cradle of Chinese Kungfu. The popular Hollywood action actor Jet Lee (Chinese name, Li Lianjie) was rumored to learn his thrilling kungfu in this age-old temple. And his movie Sholin Temple had brought and addicted tens of thousands of kungfun fans to this mysterious martial art in Shaolin.
Pagoda Forest, Talin The poster of Jet Lee's film Shaolin Temple
With thousands of enthusiastic global supporters and the strong approval of Chinese government, Shaolin Temple was likely to pass the discussion and enrolled the world heritage list this time.
Mountain Danxiashan, a fariyland Peculiar mountains emerge from the cloud sea
Mt. Danxiashan, or Danxia Shan, entitled with the formal candidate name "Danxia Landform of China", underwent a package biding for World Natural Heritage with other 4 famous mountains in Southeastern China, which shared the common characteristics of the outstanding Danxia Landform. The other 4 mountains included Mountain Longhushan (Jiangxi Province), Mountain Langshan (Hunan Province), Mountain Taining and Guanzhoushan (Fujian Province), Fangyan and Mountain Jianglangshan (Zhejiang Province).
Boat cruise on the enchanting rivers Fascinating waters and mountains
Danxia landform, a geomorphologic term coined by Chinese geologists, is noted for the unique landform consisting of red bed characterized by steep cliffs. Mt. Danxiashan, located in Guangdong Province, is the first-discovered mountain with Danxia landform that has been well protected and developed in China. Locals, together with travelers, flock to Mt. Danxiashan in weekends for ideal city skips, or in summer days for killing the unbearable summer heat.
Beautiful waterfall in the peaceful mountains Danxiashan, a magnet for taking wedding ceremony
Sincerely hope Shaolin Temple and Mount Danxiashan could make it, not because they were Chinese candidates, but for the reason the two were really global valueless gems to see, to appreciate and to protect.
10 Days China Kungfu and Yangtze River Tour to Shaolin Temple