Edited and translated by Du Mingming, People's Daily Online
According to the widely-spread news on the Internet, Zen master Shi Dechao from a Shaolin Temple Dharma Hall, together with heads of ten martial arts schools including Wudang, Kongtong, Kunlun, Huashan, and Emei, will attend "Tianshan Wulin General Assembly" in Urumqi, northwest China's Xinjiang. They will discuss martial arts and Taoism with martial arts enthusiasts there.
In fact, martial arts themed novels are sources of numerous TV dramas, and people in modern society get relieves from the fictional world built in such novels. A group of evergreen "masters" get their fortune from people's pursue of mysteries on Wulin and masters, and prophets. It turns out that there is neither Dharma Hall, nor top leader of Dharma Hall.
（Source from：People's Daily Online）
A group photo of famous martial arts novelist Jin Yong and starring members of a TV drama based on his novel, Sept. 25, 2005. (CNTV)
The world in martial arts themed novels: Wulin alone
In martial arts themed novels written by Chinese writers Jin Yong and Gu Long, the ancient world is both complicated and simple. The world is full of swordfight competitions, martial arts schools disputes, leadership contentions, love and hatred. At the same time, there are only swordsmen and their Wulin in this fictional world, no government, civilians, daily necessities, livelihoods, or fame is included.
Emei, Shaolin, Wudang gather at Mount Emei and show their Kung Fu, August, 14, 2011. (CNTV)
Chinese Wushu (martial arts), also called Guoshu or Wuyi in Chinese, and popularly known as Kung Fu abroad, is a traditional sport in China. It is also a complete cultural ideology, which consists of a variety of elements including Chinese classical philosophy, ethics, aesthetics, medicine, and military science. Emei, Shaolin, and Wudang are called top three schools of Chinese martial arts.
Established in 495 A.D, Shoaling Temple is situated at Shaoshi Mountain in the west of Songshan Mountain ranges, in Dengfeng City, Henan Province. Against the backdrop of Wuru Peak of Shaoshi Mountain, it is surrounded with forests and hills as its natural defense. The name of Shaolin Temple literally means "temple in the woods of Shaoshi Mountain". Included on UNESCO's World Cultural & Natural Heritage List in 2010, it is the cradle of the Chinese Zen Buddhism and the Shaolin Martial Arts such as Shaolin Cudgel.