The Shaolin Temple
Monks in many Taoist temples practiced physical meditation, mental meditation, developing and cultivating the arts over a period of more than a thousand years. The most prestigious and longest-lasting centre of martial arts was the Shaolin temple. Two hundred and fifty years ago, during the reign of Yung-Cheng (1723-1736) of the Ching Dynasty, the Shaolin monastery was attacked in force by men who set fire to the temple under order of the Manchu Government. Buddhist Nun Ng Mui was the only female in the Siu Lam Monastery and the eldest among the Five Elders and one of the few to escape the treachery.