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Southern Shaolin Temple of Putian

Southern Shaolin Temple was built Yongding First year of Nan Dynasty (AD 557). It was ruined by fire in the movement of regain Ming’s government power by Manchu soldiers. The temple is locating right in the center of the basin of Lotus Mountain. It was found in the year 1998 when the government is carrying a general survey of the historical relic. On 25th April, 1992, a conference was held to discuss the Southern Shaolin Temple Site and a news briefing on rebuilding the southern Shaolin Temple was also held. In the spring of 1998, Fujian People’s Government agreed to rebuild Putian Southern Shaolin Temple. 80 million RMB was invested to develop the first stage of the project. The project has already completed and been open to the public.


In the scenic spot of Southern Shaolin, there are natural landscapes such as Southern Shaolin Temple, Jiuhua Green, Purple Clouds and Spectacular Rocky Peak, Guandi Temple, as well as Nine Herds Ancestral Temple, Chengzhu Study, Jiuhua Mountain Cliff with seal characters of "Worm's Mannikin's Seal Character". Especially, there is the maritime goddesses Ms. Lin Mo, The three religions combiner Lin Zhaoen, national hero Lin Zexu, famous Neo-Confucianism Zhu Xi's relics and stone engraving.

A little history

A saying goes, The world's martial arts originate in Shaolin. There is little debate over the location of the northern representative of Shaolin - it's in Henan province, on Song Mountain. When it comes to its brother in the south, however, that's when the arguments begin. Some dispute that a Southern Shaolin temple ever existed, but archaeological and historical research has shown that there are three known locations with possible traces of Shaolin: Putian (built in 557 AD), Quanzhou (built in 874 - 879 AD), and Fuqing (whose date of construction remains unknown, but is placed some time during the Song dynasty).

When the Manchus overthrew the Ming dynasty, lovalists (the Southern Shaolin amongst them) rallied to restore the Ming government - this is the reason for the popularity of the term si ming , or remember the Ming. As part of the fight, even their monastic greeting changed. In the Northern Shaolin monastery, monks greeted each other by clasping their palms together, as if in prayer. In the south, monks brought their right fist toward their left palm in front of their chest (if you can't picture it, watch any kungfu movie - period or contemporary). The combination of the right fist / left palm symbolised the Chinese character for Ming.

The Qing emperor never forgave nor forget the Southern Shaolin's treasonous ways and ordered the complete destruction of the temple, with instructions that it was never to be rebuilt. The Southern Shaolin thus faded into the mists of history, and it's only been in recent years that there has been renewed interest in pinpointing its actual location.










Songshan Shaolin Temple in Henan Province and the city of Putian echoed Lin Shannan Shaolin demonstration site confirmed, it is China's martial arts, Buddhism and archaeologists in recent years a major archaeological research results. April 25, 1992, by the Fujian Provincial government approval, Putian city government in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing at a news conference. Solemnly declare the Southern Shaolin Temple envisaged reconstruction party, and state leaders the experts and more than 120 Chinese and foreign reporters highly. Southern Shaolin Temple is located in Putian urban sites northwest about 18 km of the Jiu-lian Hill. Thanks to the efforts of many parties, the Southern Shaolin Temple site redevelopment project has been completed. Mr. Zhao Puchu wrote set with the "Shaolin" huge arches of the entrance and carved, Wang Dianwu days in museums, exhibition halls, reception hall, car parks and other major facilities have been opening up.