This short piece by Adrian Chan-Wyles is worth reading: "Why the Shaolin Temple was Burned in 1928." I agree with everything he says, but I would add that toward the end of the Qing Dynasty there was a powerful movement to suppress religion. It was pitched as the movement to replace temples with schools. That intensified throughout the 20th century until the 1980s when things started to open up. He also has a page of Shaolin Temple photos taken by Japanese tourists from before 1928. This is the coolest picture.
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