Already I was confused regarding the day. My iPad said Thursday but its calendar highlighted Wednesday. My laptop also showed Wednesday. Sheesh, different time zone. The reason for my disorientation was our itinerary had been flipped and I could not keep the changes straight.
This is where we slept the previous night. Pretty swanky hotel, but we saw no other guests.
From the hotel, we drove to the Shaolin School of Kung Fu. Our guide, Lisa, told us the attendees were 95% boys with 5% girls. I saw no girls.
Lisa wore the same clothes as the day before: red track pants and a red quilted jacket. Too warm for the humid weather.The forecast for the day: 20 degrees.
We sat inside for a thirty-minute-plus Kung Fu performance. The place was run down inside and out, needed paint and refurbishing. I took a couple of videos but deleted them because they were too blurry.
The little guy in white, the youngest but a rapidly advancing pupil, demonstrated clutching a bowl-shaped object to his midriff by muscle control. To prove authenticity, a pole inserted through a hole in the object (was it a bell?) allowed two young men to lift it shoulder length and carry the boy as he hung firmly attached, belly-up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4-s8TBB6dw (4.49 min) A peak at Kung Fu training.
- Shaolin Home of Shaolin School of Kung Fu
- Established 495 A.D.
- 10,000 students
- Ages 3 to 18 (complete education here, equivalent to finishing high-school)
- 95% boys / 5% girls
- Half-day school / half-day Kung Fu training
- This is a private school (parents pay for room, board, and tuition)
- One month holiday in February during Chinese New Year
- Parents can come to visit on weekends
- Costs (10,000 Yuan) under $2,000 U.S. per year
- Attending this school is good for finding a job later
- Can open own Kung Fu school in other countries instead of finding a job
- Famous personalities from this school: Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan
Pagoda Forest / Shaolin Temple
A short distance away we visited the Pagoda Forest. Rain drizzled as we walked around. Young girls giggled and stared, and begged to have their picture taken with the foreigners (‘the big noses’).
This is what the tombs look like. The size depended on the monk’s life achievement and the number of financial contributors.
- Graveyard with 248 tombs for important monks
- Depending on life’s accomplishments = size of tomb
- Depending on number of supporters (donations) = size of tomb
- Tombs built during an eminent monk’s lifetime, not after death, and added to till he died
Some highlights at the Temple
Protectors of the Temple
Next on April 28: Xian
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FYI: This is a re-blog of the best parts of my trip in 2014.