Chinese Kung Fu Tour in Shaolin Temple

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Pauline Winters

Apr 3, 2010, 10:38:57 AM4/3/10
Immortal Bruce Lee, Incredible Jacky Chan and Jet Li, the symbols of
Chinese Kung Fu in the west. Want to experience first hand the real
life art of Kungfu through your own eyes! Turn the fantasy of
Hollywood movies into the real journey to your Chinese Kung Fu Tour
and be the master of Chinese Kung Fu!
Chinese Kung Fu is a precious treasure that belongs not only to China
but to the whole world. We will take you to the cradle of Chinese
Shaolin Kung Fu - the Shaolin Temple to enjoy rich humanities sight,
antiquated natural sight, massive Shaolin Buddhist sculptures and a
Wushu Culture, as well as an elegant & rare geological natural
wonder. You will see power and grace combined in a demonstration of
the art of Shaolin Kung fu by a Shaolin Master. Be transported to the
mysterious world of this ancient art to experience for yourself what
has inspired the great action heroes of today's movie blockbusters.
Shaolin Temple is located in the foothills of the Song Shan mountain
range just fifteen minutes outside the town of Dengfeng, which is
about two hours away from Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan.
Buses run from Zhengzhou and Luoyang, another larger Henan city, to
Dengfeng. Alternatively, if you are staying in Zhengzhou or Luoyang,
you can arrange a day tour from your hotel.
Most Westerners know Shaolin from martial arts movies - Shaolin Kung
Fu was born here. In modern times, Chinese Kung-fu was first
introduced abroad to the United States by Chinese-American Kung-fu
master Bruce Lee, whose agile movements in a series of his great
movies swept American audiences off their feet. Thanks to the giant
influence of the American movie industry, it soon swept across the
world. The entire globe was enchanted by the magic act, starting the
upsurge of interest in Chinese Kung-fu. From then on, Chinese Kung-fu
learners can be found everywhere. Now, Lees followers, Jacky Chan
(Cheng Long) and Jet Lee (Li Lianjie) carry the baton pushing
themselves to novel heights.
But it is more famous in Asia as the birthplace of the Zen Buddhism
movement. Visitors come to Shaolin to study Kung Fu, meditate in the
ancient surroundings or to enjoy an ancient historical place that is
by all means, off the beaten path. For whatever reason you come,
Shaolin Temple is worth a visit.
Shaolin Temple complex can be thought of as three major sights within
the compound. You will enter through a main gateway where the tour
buses park and you can purchase your entry tickets. This area has been
refurbished to support hoards of tourists - there is a large plaza
flanked by souvenir vendors on both sides.
Kung Fu Performance Hall: After you enter the complex, you will walk
ten minutes or so to the Kung Fu performance hall. If you can manage
getting there early in the morning, you'll see students of all ages
practicing outside in the grassy fields next to the walkway. Kung Fu
is famous for its vigorous, powerful, simple, unadorned, and
unpredictable style. Its moves and tricks are short, simple and
succinct as well as versatile. While fighting, the masters would
advance and retreat simultaneously. They need only a small space to
execute their style of fistfight described as "fighting along a single
straight line. It's amazing!
Shaolin Temple: After the performance, you can take electric cars or
walk another fifteen to twenty minutes to the temple itself. Shaolin
Temple is set upon the mountainside. You'll enter at the bottom and
make your way up through the multiple halls to the top. The first hall
you will encounter is Devajara Hall (Hall of the Heavenly Kings). It
is characterized by double eaves flanked behind by a Bell Tower (this
tower holds a great bronze bell) and a Drum Tower (this tower holds an
artistic drum). The hall gates are guarded by two colored clay figures
of Vajras. Inside the hall are statues of the four Heavenly Kings,
each standing divinely while holding his distinctive weapon. Then you
come to the main hall of the temple, Mahavira Hall (Daxiongbaodian).
The original was built in the Jin Dynasty but destroyed in 1928. The
present structure was restored from the original in 1986. Enshrined in
the middle of the hall are the statues of the Trinity Buddha -
Sakyamuni, Amitabha (Emitofo) and Bhaisajyaguru (Yaoshifo, God of
Medicine). Flanking the Trinity on both sides are eighteen Arhats. Go
on and you will see the Sutra-Keeping Pavilion where Buddhist
dignitaries lectured. A total of 5480 Buddhist sutras and rubbings are
kept in the pavilion and the Hall of Abbot (Fangzhang Hall). This
small hall is the rest place for the abbots.
The Pagoda Forest: Another half-kilometer walk through a wooded path
will bring you to the Pagoda Forest where there are nearly 250 stone
and brick pagodas ranging from the Tang, Song, Jin, Yuan, Ming and
Qing dynasties (618-1911).
You can come here to study Kung Fu, meditate in the ancient
surroundings or to enjoy an ancient historical place that is by all
means, off the beaten path. For whatever reason you come, Shaolin
Temple is worth a visit.
Day 1: Luoyang arrival Today you will arrive in Luoyang. In the
afternoon, you will visit the White Horse Temple. Located 12km east to
the ancient capital city of Luoyang, facing the Luo River in the south
and sitting back to the Mang Hill in the north, is the White Horse
Temple, the first Buddhist monastery in China.
Day 2: Luoyang - Dengfeng Travel to the birthplace of Chinese Kung Fu
at Shaolin Temple by bus in this morning. You will stay at the local
hotel for 3 days' Chinese Kung Fu study. Shaolin Temple is probably
the most famous temple in China, not only because of its long history
and its role in Chinese Buddhism, Shaolin Temple Pagoda but also
because of its martial arts or Wushu Chan.
Day 3-5: Dengfeng You will get the wonderful opportunity to take basic
Chinese Kung Fu courses conducted by the experienced local Kung Fu
Day 6: Dengfeng - Luoyang Transfer back to Luoyang, you will visit the
Longmen Caves and Guanlin. Together with Mogao Caves, Yungang Caves,
Longmen Caves is known as the three great sculpture treasure houses of
Day 7: Luoyang departure
Today you will leave Luoyang with an unforgettable memory.
For more info about this wonderful Kung Fu tour, or any China tours,
please consult with China Connection Tours

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