Happenings in and around China
Shaolin Temple Reopens
The Shaolin Temple is opening its doors to tourists and enthusiasts
of Chinese martial arts. The newly renovated temple is now able to accommodate
over 10,000 visitors a day, compared to 3,000 previously.
Earlier this year, the local government of Zhengzhou, capital of central
China's Henan Province, allocated over 50 million yuan, or some US$6
million for a comprehensive renovation of the temple. The project includes
the renovation of a public square that covers over 5,000 square meters
and a 300-meter corridor, construction of a fire exit, and the decoration
of the ancient architecture.
Ancient Language Preservation
China is preparing to submit Shuishu - the written language of the Shui
ethnic minority - to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific
and Cultural Organization) as a heritage of humanity. Many Chinese and
overseas linguists regard Shuishu as a "living fossil" of
pictographic characters and an important component of Chinese culture.
Archaeologists discovered that a dozen symbols from Shuishu match symbols
on pottery unearthed from the Xia Dynasty (2070 B.C.-1600 B.C.), the
first ever recorded historical period in China. This indicates that
the written symbols of this ethnic group had definite links to the Xia.
Today, about 407,000 Sui live on the Yunnan and Guizhou Plateau in southwest