Shaolin monks training, Zhengzhou, China, 2004 The world famous Shaolin Monastery is known to many in the West for its association with martial arts, specifically Shaolin Kung Fu. McCurry pictures the monks suspended from a metal beam. The physical strength and dexterity displayed by the monks is incredible, although they exude a deep serenity. Phaidon Iconic_Book
Bamiyan Province, Afghanistan. Bamiyan is one of the main tourist attractions in Afghanistan, largely due to the giant destroyed Buddha statues. It's also one of the most picturesque regions in the country. Almost everything revolves around one main road running east/west. The buddhas are on the cliff face to the north.