Shaolin Village planned for Australia

A SPIRITUAL THING: Visitors walk past as young monks offer prayers outside the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng city in central China's Henan province.

China's Shaolin Temple, is planning to build an Australian complex that includes a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 24:  People walk past tents on their way to the opening night of the Inaugural Cockatoo Island Film Festival Launch on October 24, 2012 in Sydney, Australia. The four day Cockatoo Island festival is underway until October 28.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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Shaolin Village planned for Australia

A SPIRITUAL THING: Visitors walk past as young monks offer prayers outside the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng city in central China's Henan province.

China's Shaolin Temple, is planning to build an Australian complex that includes a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course.

Sydney: Airbnb's Big Gay stay

Want to be part of the world’s biggest Mardi Gras parade? Airbnb has a big pink answer.

Robot Restaurant opens in Sydney

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