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Shaolin Temple and Mt. Danxiashan Bids for World Heritage

Shaolin Temple and Mt. Danxiashan's biding forWorld Heritage are being reviewed by the 34th World HeritageConference, which started from July 25th, 2010, in Brasilia, thecapital of Brazil.

The10-day conference would proceed the session of discussing 32 candidate sitesand announcing the new members of the World Heritage. Amongst the applying list are Mt.Danxiashan and Shaolin Temple.

Shaolin Temple, Chinese best-loved Buddhisttemple, took its strides for the second time towards the World Cultural Heritage. Unlike its first race, Shaolin Temple launched the application jointly with severalplaces of interest in the historic Mt. Songshan in Dengfeng City, Henan Province in Central China. The officialname for the biding was not Shaolin Temple, but Tian Di Zhi Zhong (literally meansCenter of the World) Historical Architecture Group.

Shaolin Temple, or Temple of Shaolin, was first built in 495 of Beiwei Dynasty (North Wei Dynasty, 386 - 577 AD) andhad its heyday in Tang Dynasty (618 - 907 AD). However, Shaolin Temple was laidto waste several times during devastating wars in the following dynasties. Fortunately,the temple was reconstructed by pious monks that survived, which was said to bethe magic reviving power of Buddha.

Nowadays, Shaolin Temple enjoys unrivalledreputation in China and the other parts of the world, not only as the sacred Mecca toBuddhists but also as the cradle of Chinese Kungfu. The popular Hollywood action actor JetLee (Chinese name, Li Lianjie) was rumored to learn his thrilling kungfu inthis age-old temple. And his movie Sholin Temple had brought and addicted tensof thousands of kungfun fans to this mysterious martial art in Shaolin.

With thousands of enthusiastic global supporters and the strong approval of Chinesegovernment, Shaolin Temple was likely to pass the discussion and enrolled the worldheritage list this time.

Mt. Danxiashan, or Danxia Shan, entitled with the formalcandidate name "Danxia Landform of China", underwent a package biding for WorldNatural Heritage with other 4 famous mountains in Southeastern China, whichshared the common characteristics of the outstanding Danxia Landform. The other4 mountains included Mountain Longhushan (Jiangxi Province), Mountain Langshan (HunanProvince), Mountain Taining and Guanzhoushan (Fujian Province), Fangyan andMountain Jianglangshan (Zhejiang Province).

Danxialandform, a geomorphologic term coined by Chinese geologists, is noted for theunique landform consisting of red bed characterized by steep cliffs. Mt.Danxiashan, located in Guangdong Province, is the first-discovered mountainwith Danxia landform that has been well protected and developed in China. Locals,together with travelers, flock to Mt. Danxiashan in weekends for ideal cityskips, or in summer days for killing the unbearable summer heat.

Sincerely hope Shaolin Temple andMount Danxiashan could make it, not because they were Chinese candidates,but for the reason the two were really global valueless gems to see, toappreciate and to protect.

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