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Cradle of Chinese Kung Fu, Shaolin Temple kicks its way into UNESCO heritage list

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Undated photo shows two monks of Shaolin Temple practicing Chinese kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province. The World Heritage Committee decided to include the Chinese Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in the World Heritage List on July 31, 2010, during its 34th meeting taking place in Brasilia, Brazil. (Xinhua/Wang Song) (zf)

Undated photo shows two monks of Shaolin Temple practicing Chinese kung fu at the Shaolin Temple in central China's Henan Province. The World Heritage Committee decided to include the Chinese Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in the World Heritage List on July 31, 2010, during its 34th meeting taking place in Brasilia, Brazil. (Xinhua/Wang Song)

ZHENGZHOU, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Home of Chinese Kung Fu and Zen Buddhism, China' s Shaolin Temple is now part of humanity' s cultural heritage, UNESCO has announced.

The historical architecture complex in central China' s Henan Province, which invokes a sense of mystery and awe, was added Sunday morning (Beijing time) to the World Cultural Heritage List during the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee in Brasilia, Brazil.

UNESCO said the monument stands out for its great aesthetic beauty and its profound cultural connotation.

Nestled in the Songshan Mountains of Dengfeng City, Henan Province, the complex is composed of 11 traditional structures, including Shaolin Temple,the Observatory, Songyang Academy, Taishi Towers, and Zhongyue Temple.

With a history of more than 2000 years, these monuments feature various architectural styles brimming forth with a longstanding heritage of ancient Chinese culture.

It provides the world with a glimpse into the ancient Chinese religion, philosophy, customs, and scientific development, according to Yang Huancheng, a famous ancient architecture expert.

Abbot of Shaolin Temple, Shi Yongxin, said the UNESCO decision is both a privilege and adds pressure.

"For the monks, living in a world-recognized heritage site is a wonderful experience, but at the same time, our responsibility to protect the temple becomes even graver." he said.

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Editor: Wang Guanqun
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