The Shaolin Temple, known as the cradle of Chinese kung fu, is preparing to stage its first cultural festival in the U.S. as part of efforts to expand its global clout.
The first North American Shaolin Cultural Festival is scheduled to be held from October 8 to 14 in Los Angeles, according to Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Buddhist temple in the city of Dengfeng in central China’s Henan province, reported Xinhua.
The temple has successfully hosted an annual Shaolin Temple Day in California for 9 consecutive years, Shi said. He added that the temple has over a million followers in North America. “We’re working to build a platform to support exchanges between Shaolin disciples and kung fu lovers across the world,” he said.