Nanshaolin monastery, (near) Xitianwei, Fujian, CN

Raw data

"The Southern Shaolin Monastery has rested at the foot of Mount Jiulian in the Xitianwei Town Licheng District of Putian for more than 1400 years, surrounded by many mountain ranges. The Monastery is the birthplace of “Southern Hand” which is one of the two major branches of the world-renowned Shaolin Kung fu. The monastery is a precious site of Chan cultural heritage and a holy sanctuary for Shaolin martial arts.
The predecessor of Southern Shaolin Monastery in Putian is “Lin Quan Yuan Monastery”, originally built around A.D.557 during the South Dynasty. ]…]
The Grand Master of Songshan Shaolin Monastery instructed them to build a monastery resembling Songshan Shaolin Monastery in the south to spread the Chan Buddhist philosophy native to Songshan Shaolin Monastery. Approved by the Tang Emperor Li Shimin, the Southern Shaolin Monastery was thus built in Jiu Lian Mountain."

" […] the southern Buddhist Shaolin Temple on the mountain Julianshan (Nine Lotus) in the Puliang-district in Fujian."

Input by: tmciolek, Aug 14, 2009

Xitianwei, China Page
World:China:Fujian Sheng
Lat 25.4667 Long 119.0500

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 29 Jan 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Nanshaolin monastery, CN.

General location of the Nanshaolin monastery, CN.
lat=25.5389 long=119.0410
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20CN)&ll=25.5389,119.0410&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • China: Fujian Sheng

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

  • Approx., Lat: 25.5389 Long:119.0410 visual identification of the monastery in maps, - tmciolek, 20 Dec 2009

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

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6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

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8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

  • Mahayana

10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

11. Date-early

MBM chrono-tag 0533-66c - tmciolek 29 Jan 2014
0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0667-99c 0700-32c 0733-66c 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66c 1167-99c 1200=> dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

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13. Date-late

MBM chrono-tag 1200=> - tmciolek 29 Jan 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

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16. Additional notes

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17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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