[photopress:hotel_Shaoling_temple.jpg,full,alignright]Reports that China’s Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu and the star of many martial arts films and a major tourist attraction, has set up an online store, seems to be a criticism that it should indulge in such commercialism. Which seems odd given the fact that cathedrals in, say, Britain do almost anything to make money.
[photopress:hotel_Shaoling_temple2.jpg,full,alignleft]The Shaolin temple in Song Shan in Henan Province has set up new web page on the popular Chinese e-commerce site http://www.taobao.com, offering a range of goods including shoes, tea, T-shirts and slippers.
Enthusiasts can buy a kung fu instruction manual or a pair of ‘environmentally friendly’ chopsticks.
Shaolin Temple’s business ventures include kung fu shows, film production and a reality TV search for the next kung fu star. Its monks also go on world tours to demonstrate feats of agility and balance.