Shaolin temple was established in 6th century AD by Buddhist Monk of Indian origin, Bodhidharma which became a centre for Chinese martial arts and zen buddhism. Dr. Kotnis Memorial, Shijiazhuang houses the grave of Dr. Kotnis (Ke Dihua) who had visited China during China-Japan war in 1938 with a team of doctors to provide medical assistance. He has said to have set an example of India-China relationship through his dedication in serving Chinese people through his medical profession. Tagore Museum, Hangzhou is a tribute to Rabindranath Tagore who visited China in 1924. He has been given a Chinese name – Zhu Zhendan with literal translation being Indian Sandalwood. Sandalwood signifies spiritualism, calm & peace. A lot of Tagore’s work have been translated into Chinese. India China cultural society was also set up post Rabindranath Tagore’s visit.
The history goes on to suggest that many Chinese scholars, monks and pilgrims travelled to India and lived in the country for years. Fa Xian (Fa-Hsien, AD 399-414), visited India in AD 402, stayed for 10 years, and after his return translated many Sanskrit, Buddhist texts into Chinese. Xuan Zang (Hiuen Tsang)’s Journey to India in 7th century AD is a well narrated lore in China and written in a book called “A Journey to the West”. He had visited India when it was under the rule of Harsha Vardhana in search of Buddhist texts.
In 2007, Xuanzang memorial was inaugurated at Nalanda. In 2008, Joint stamps were released one depicting the Mahabodhi temple at Bodhgaya and another depicting White Horse temple at Luoyang. Swami Vivekananda also visited China in 1893 and commented on its mighty and illustrious future. Indian art, music & culture are actively promoted in China by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre. Many cultural events, shows, movie screenings are regularly held and are quite popular amongst Chinese nationals.
Indian movies register great success in China. Aamir Khan starrer Lagaan was the first Indian film to be released nation wide in China. India and China have also entered an agreement to co-produced movies and released “Xuan Zang” in 2016 and went on to become it’s official entry in 89th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Jackie Chan starrer “Kungfu Yoga” and “Buddies in India” were also released in 2017.
Yoga classes are also promoted by Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre and are actively pursued by Chinese. Infact, China was one of the co-sponsors to the UN resolution when June 21 was declared as the International Yoga Day.