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80 percent of netizens strongly support Shaolin Temple's rivalry of Disneyland [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2009-2-26 10:17:47 |Display all floors
After the article about the Shaolin Temple planning to build a branch in Hong Kong was published on February 23, it drew attention from readers nationwide. Over 50 websites in China quoted the full text.

How do netizens feel about Songshan Shaolin Temple's plan to build another Shaolin Temple in Hong Kong? To understand their opinions, Sohu.com launched a large-scale opinion poll on its website, entitled "Do you support the Shaolin Temple building a branch in Hong Kong costing 420 million HKD?"

The supporting side argues to "support the construction of the Hong Kong Shaolin Temple" in order to better promote Shaolin culture among the people of Hong Kong, and so they can learn the secrets of Shaolin kung fu right on their doorstep. At the same time, it will become a new scenic spot to attract tourists and garner economic benefits. One netizen in Shanghai said, "Now that western culture is spreading everywhere, building a Shaolin Temple in Hong Kong means that Asian culture, represented by Shaolin, can fully rival Disneyland, which represents western culture."

Those who "oppose the construction of the Hong Kong Shaolin Temple" say forking out such a huge sum of money to build a branch temple is an expensive waste. The significance of the Shaolin Temple lies in Buddhist spirituality, not in martial arts tips and commercial expansion.

By 7:00 pm on February 23, a total of 7,703 people have participated in the opinion poll. According to the results, 6,679 people voted in favor of the Shaolin temple plan, while merely 1,024 people voted against it. The results showed a great disparity between the two opinions, which shocked even Abbot Shi Yongxin of the Shaolin Temple. "That is not easy! (Zhen bu rong yi!)," Shi commented using four Chinese characters when he was informed of the results.

Considering the plan for the Shaolin Temple and opinions from netizens, Xia Wanqun, Vice Chairman of the Chinese Folk Literature and Art Society, said, "After reform and opening-up, traditional Chinese culture has continuously been on the defense. The Shaolin Temple, however, has actively spread traditional Chinese culture to the world while revealing the value of traditional Chinese culture. Their efforts are worthy of praise." He added that Shaolin culture implies universal values, which are a part of traditional Chinese culture. The construction of a branch temple in Hong Kong is not only an opportunity for the Shaolin Temple to spread its culture to the whole world, but also a platform for it to spread the culture of China's central plains. "I believe most netizens are aware of this point. That is why they support the Shaolin Temple's plan to build a branch temple in Hong Kong."

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Post time 2009-2-27 00:15:36 |Display all floors
People in HK did preserve Chinese culture much better than mainland Chinese did.
They better build a Shaolin Temple in Pudong

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Post time 2009-2-27 00:18:50 |Display all floors

any investors want 2 bet on this issue...

i kno where to keep my money safer than a swissBANK  

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Post time 2009-2-27 05:38:03 |Display all floors
Originally posted by fredius at 2009-2-27 00:15
People in HK did preserve Chinese culture much better than mainland Chinese did.
They better build a Shaolin Temple in Pudong

Yes, fredius, this time I totally agree. IF the Shaolin Temple thinks it needs to expand, then it might be more meritorious to do this to an area in mainland China where the traditions are not so present any more.

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Post time 2009-2-27 17:34:27 |Display all floors
One netizen in Shanghai said, "Now that western culture is spreading everywhere, building a Shaolin Temple in Hong Kong means that Asian culture, represented by Shaolin, can fully rival Disneyland, which represents western culture."


Sure it's helpful for promoting Buddhism or Shaolin kungfu. But it can't be fully rival Disneyland. Disneyland is catering to visitors who seek pleasure and fun. Can Shaolin Temple provide that kind of fun? No way. Maybe Shaolin Temple can plan for people especial those big company staff gathering for retreat--refreshing their minds and some physical training as well.

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Post time 2009-2-27 17:48:53 |Display all floors
You can throw in all the mystic eastern philosophical ways mumbo jumbo, all the metaphysical stuffs, link it to a cure for cancer or harmonizing with nature leading to reversal of "global warming"  you wont get your money's worth if they are charging admissions for it,  and pretty exorbitant admission I will venture to compensate for lackluster interest.  

At best it would be a niche deal for those kung fu chop suey fanatics who like to take their martial workout with pseudo-philosophies.

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Post time 2009-2-27 18:51:11 |Display all floors
The title of this thread is completely absurd (and a lie). The 80% who supported the Shaolin branch in HK were never asked anything about Disneyland or whether or not this branch would rival Disneyland. Nor did the Shaolin temple EVER set out to rival Disneyland. ONE, obviously not too bright, "netizen" in Shanghai who has absolutely nothing to do with the Shaolin temple brought up Disneyland:

Originally posted by raymondlam at 2009-2-26 10:17
One netizen in Shanghai said, "Now that western culture is spreading everywhere, building a Shaolin Temple in Hong Kong means that Asian culture, represented by Shaolin, can fully rival Disneyland, which represents western culture."


My question is, if ONE netizen in Beijing were to say that the new Shaolin temple in HK will supply entire China with electricity for the next 2000 years, will we see a new thread here entitled "80% of netizens strongly believe that Shaolin temple will supply entire China with electricity for the next 2000 years"?

Either the poster of this thread is a complete idiot who doesn't know how to read, or this person simply wants to mislead people.

Stop commenting on whether the temple will rival Disneyland or not. Nobody (except some moron in Shanghai) believes this anyway!

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