<p>Buddhist monk and kung fu master Shi Dejian (above) and his disciples hauled bags of cement and roof tiles up steep mountain paths to build an isolated retreat (in background) away from the tourist crowds at the Shaolin Temple.</p><p><em>See more <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/shaolin-kung-fu/hoffmann-photography">photographs</a> from the March 2011 feature <a href="http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/03/shaolin-kung-fu/gwin-text">story</a> "Battle for the Soul of Kung Fu".</em></p>

Kung Fu Master, China

Buddhist monk and kung fu master Shi Dejian (above) and his disciples hauled bags of cement and roof tiles up steep mountain paths to build an isolated retreat (in background) away from the tourist crowds at the Shaolin Temple.

See more photographs from the March 2011 feature story "Battle for the Soul of Kung Fu".

Photograph by Fritz Hoffmann, National Geographic

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