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Strongman contestants visit Shaolin Temple

By Fan Feifei and Qi Xin (China Daily)

08:05, July 08, 2013

Shaolin monks perform kung fu for visiting competitors in the 2013 China World Strongman Championship on Sunday. (China Daily/Xiang Mingchao)

Competitors in the 2013 China World Strongman Championship visited the Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, Henan province, on Sunday afternoon to study Chinese martial arts with monks.

The contestants said it was a good opportunity to learn about Chinese martial arts and culture.

China's Shaolin Temple is the birthplace of kung fu and a central location of many martial arts films.

The monks from Shaolin Temple demonstrated their skills and then taught the contenders some movements.

One participant, Zydrunas Savickas from Lithuania, who is 1.91 meters tall and weighs 170 kg, said, "I first learned of the Shaolin Temple on television when I was 18 years old. This is the first time I have witnessed it. It is really very big."

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