Mount Emei is in Sichuan province of Western China. At 3,099 metres (10,167 ft), Mt. Emei is the highest of the Four Sacred Buddhist Mountains of China. Mt. Emei was make a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. This is the location of the first Buddhist temple built in China in the 1st century CE. The site has seventy-six Buddhist monasteries of the Ming and Qing period, most of them located near the mountain top. The monasteries demonstrate a flexible architectural style that adapts to the landscape. The fixed plans of Buddhist monasteries of earlier periods are modified or ignored in order to made full use of the natural scenery. 16th and 17th century sources allude to the practice of martial arts in the monasteries of Mount Emei, the earliest reference to the Shaolin Monastery as Chinese boxing's place of origin.
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