Shaolin Monastery

China’s Shaolin Temple monks spread their gospel of kung fu in Africa

Monks from Shaolin temple have been wooing sell-out crowds in nations across the African continent since 2008. Photo: AFP

Ten grey-suited Buddhists crouch like leopards stalking a muntjac, a type of deer, before barrelling across the stage in an explosion of gravity-defying pivots, kicks and somersaults that would make an osteopath wince.

Tuesday, 18 February, 2014, 4:04am 1 comment

Kung fu's home hopes to get a kick out of listing

The government of Dengfeng city - birthplace of kung fu and home to the famed Shaolin Monastery - is planning a public listing of its key tourist facilities in Hong Kong.

The company will include transport and hotel assets, such as the cable car that takes visitors to the top of Song Shan Mountain, but not the monastery or Shaolin Scenic Spot.

31 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Lightning reaction

Shaolin monks from Songshan, Henan province, perform during yesterday's official opening of the Hong Kong Shaolin Wushu Culture Centre in Tai O, Lantau, after the completion of renovation work. The centre, which first opened its doors to the public in July last year, offers traditional martial arts training, and courses in Zen and healing.

7 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Shaolin monks get ready for showtime

Forget Cannes or Pusan - when it comes to hosting international film festivals the Shaolin Monastery believes its turn has come.

The monastery is planning to host an international film festival next year to boost its growing fame as a site for kung fu movies.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Martial arts

If you're thinking of taking up a martial art, but find Thai kick-boxing too dangerous and Tai Chi too slow, how about trying Shaolin wushu? With a little training, you could be chopping through a block of wood bare-handed in no time.

10 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

In sync

Students show the right stuff in their kung fu class at Shenzhen Pengxing Experimental School. The martial art, which is believed to have been developed at Henan province's famed Shaolin temple, is taught in many schools throughout the mainland.

2 Apr 2004 - 12:00am


Trouble At The Top: The Earl Of Sandwiches

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23 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Carnival puts on summer extravaganza

The territory-wide International Arts Carnival this summer has been divided into three main series: Kungfu and Acrobatic Wonders; Secret Mythical Corner; and Big People and Me.

The Kungfu and Acrobatic Wonders series features three programmes that promise to be as much fun for parents as for children.

18 Jun 2001 - 12:00am