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Shaolin to rebuilt northern temple at Tianjin

THE legendary Shaolin Monastery in central China will spend 2 billion yuan (US$292,9 million) on rebuilding its northern branch in Tianjin Municipality.

The temple's abbot Shi Yongxin said he had been advocating reconstruction of Shaolin's northern branch since 2002. He said the restoration would make it a world-famous religious and tourist attraction.

The reconstruction project will be guided by Tsinghua University and an architect from Taiwan.

The new temple will integrate modern techniques and ancient cultural factors, according to chief architect Liu Peisen.

Wood will be used as the main material for the monastery in the style of the Tang and Song dynasties but solar power, LED lights and a rainwater collection system will also ensure an energy-efficient building in tune with Buddhist beliefs, Liu told the newspaper.

The temple was razed by Japanese troops in World War II.


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