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Taiwan Quick Take: Group to build Shaolin center

STAFF WRITER WITH CNA

A local business group said over the weekend that it will build a Shaolin kung fu college and cultural center in Taoyuan County's Dasi Township (大溪). Shaolin Development founder Chou Yung-hsiang (鄒永祥) said that his company will invest NT$300 million (US$9.15 million) in the Shaolin martial arts school project, which will cover an area of about one hectare. The school is to be located near Shihmen Reservoir, and will be the first of its kind in Taiwan and second in Asia, Chou said. According to Chou, several European countries -- including Britain, Germany and France -- have set up Shaolin kung fu colleges to study the traditional Chinese martial art, which was named after a Buddhist temple on Mt. Songshan in China's Henan Province. In Asia, currently only China has a Shaolin kung fu college.

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