Shaolin Temple Became a World Heritage Site
Tian Di Zhi Zhong (天地之中, tiān dì zhī zhōng, literally means “center between heaven and earth”), the historic architecture complex in Dengfeng City was declared a member of the UNESCO World Heritage List on August 1, 2010.
The complex consists of 11 traditional structures, including the Observatory, Zhongyue Temple, Taishi Towers, Songyang Academy and Shaolin Temple; all these architectures with great aesthetic beauty and profound culture connotations have showed the architectural history of Central China. It is China’s 39th site in the list which includes 28 culture sites, 7 natural tourist spots and 4 mixed culture and nature sites in the country (More information about list of World Heritage Sites in China).
Nestled in the Mount Songshan in Dengfeng City, Henan Province in Central China, Shaolin Temple was built in 495 ( Northern Wei Dynasty, 386 - 577 AD), it is the cradle of Zen Buddhism and Shaolin Kung Fu.
Shaolin Temple’s abbot Shi Yongxin said that the admission price will not rise after the success of Tian Di Zhi Zhong into UNESCO World Heritage.