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... as one of the three most famous treasure houses of stone inscriptions in China.
The grottoes were started around the year 493 when Emperor Xiaowen of the Northern
Wei Dynasty (386-534) moved the capital to Luoyang and were continuously built
during the 400 years until the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127). The walk along the river and the grottoes is just over 1km long and there are over 2,300 holes and ...
... the temple, all the while, taking five THOUSAND photos of me and exclaiming "We'll be best friends!" Sigh.
The Shaolin temple is just like any other temple, except it's a lot newer and has been restored a gazillion times. There was a kung fu show which was exciting and entertaining.
From there, I wanted to see the bodhidarma cave, which was about 1000 steps up a mountain. A guy from India came to China to try and spread Buddhism. He meditated ...
Wow, what an interesting couple of days I've just had since leaving Guilin. In case you haven't been following the news in China lately there have been these random knifing attacks at train stations, on buses, etc. throughout the country the past few months. Well count me in on the latest victim of random violence in China. Luckily my attacker didn't use a knife, I guess at the time he didn't have one available.
After nearly 12 hours of bus riding and bus changing we arrived in the Shaolin area. Jamie was intent on training with the monks. Had he read the literature he would have realized that the area was basically a huge tourist trap, with very few actual monks. Finally arriving at the Kung Fu Hostel around midnight, we were told that the water was out...great. No shower before bed, at least the AC worked, and the owner was really nice,
... a bit more of the rope then went to bed as my body was knackered. I don't know how they do it all day every day! The next day we went to Shaolin temple in the morning and saw another Kung fu show. Kung fu was invented at this temple and they have a lot of students. The show was really impressive but much more commercialised than what we saw yesterday obviously. It was still very entertaining. We were supposed to hike up a mountain for ...