Shaolin Temple

My pictures of the famed Shaolin Temple (Shàolín Sì 少林寺) and the Tagou Academy (Tǎgōu Wǔ Shù Xué Xiào 塔沟武术学校). The Shaolin Temple was built in the 5th century and is a Chan Buddhist temple. It has a long history and is the focal point of many myths and legends. The Shaolin Temple is best known for its warrior monks and their legendary kung fu.

I trained kung fu at the Tagou Academy during my visit to the Shaolin Temple on my 2008 trip to China. The Tagou Academy is the largest kung fu school in China with 23,000 full-time students and is located one mile from the Shaolin Temple.