Not even a blizzard could stop the rigorous training that Shaolin monks have to go through.
The icy blast hit the mountains of Dengfeng where the temple is located, forcing the monks — some of which are as young as six years old — to brave the chill and carry on as always.
Situated in the Henan Province of China, the city of Dengfeng sits at the foot of one of the most sacred mountains in the country, Mount Song. As a result, the city has become one of the country’s spiritual centres and the home to institutions such as the Buddhist Shaolin Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The monks are currently preparing for the Zen Shaolin music ceremony, a huge, annual event that features dance, music, acting and Shaolin kung fu. The event is held in the Daxian Valley with the beautiful hills standing as the backdrop. It contains five musical movements, based around water, wood, light, wind and stone. As well as the musical performances, the Shaolin monks perform a display and it was this performance that ensured that training continued, despite the blisteringly cold conditions.