The Art of Shaolin Kungfu

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7 Days
About this Journey

Celebrated in pop culture as a martial arts Mecca, Shaolin Temple is also one of the world’s most important Mahayana Buddhist monasteries and the birthplace of Zen (Chan) Buddhism.

Homegrown Taoist philosophy influenced how Buddhism, an import from India, was practiced in Shaolin, emphasizing observing and living in harmony with nature. According to legend, the local variant of Kung Fu originated in 520AD when Bodhidharma, a Zen (Chan) Buddhist monk, devised a set of breathing and training exercises to help fellow monks build their inner strength and protect themselves in their harsh, remote mountain home. Over time, the monks developed these exercises into a complex fighting system that combines internal, meditation-based training and breathing with fighting techniques inspired by animals’ movements, hence their names: Praying Mantis, Tiger, Toad, Bird, Dragon, and Monkey, to name a few.

For this program, Shaolin monks will perform a Kungfu show and teach a 6-hour Kungfu class. Students will also hike Mountain Song, enjoy a vegetarian meal at Yongtai temple, visit the Longmen caves, and experience local cooking at a neighboring vocational school. Students will be fully immersed in Henan culture and walk away with an experience like no other.

Where you're going
Shaolin Map
Learning Objectives
  • History & Culture
  • Outdoor Education
  • Service Learning
Program Details

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in

  • Take flight to Zhengzhou
  • Your WildChina Program Leaders will meet you at the arrival hall of the airport and will be your host while you are in Henan
  • Transfer to Dengfeng (1.5 hrs) and check-in (Shaolin Chanwu Hotel)
  • Rest after dinner

Day 2: Kungfu Show and Hike

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Shaolin Temple, the origin of Chinese Kung Fu
  • Enjoy a Kung Fu show presented by Shaolin monks
  • Vegetarian meals in Yongtai Temple
  • Hike on Mountain Song in the afternoon
  • Dinner
  • Enjoy the movie “Shaolin Temple”

Day 3: Kungfu Classes

  • Breakfast
  • Visit to Dragon Kung Fu School, students will be greeted at the entrance by monks
  • Kung Fu show by monks from Dragon Kung Fu School
  • Kung Fu class (3hrs in the morning and 3hrs in the afternoon, expect to learn a set of Shaolin Quan and Mei Hua Zhuang)
  • Lunch
  • Kung Fu Class
  • Dinner

Day 4: Kungfu Classes

  • Breakfast
  • Full Day Kung Fu class program (lunch & dinner)

Day 5: Orphanage Visit

  • Breakfast
  • Half Day Kung Fu class program
  • Lunch
  • Transfer to local Orphanage school and interact with local orphanage to observe their daily life and help with afternoon class.
  • Transfer to Luoyang (1.5 hrs) and check in hotel
  • Dinner followed by hotel check-in and rest

Day 6: Chinese Cooking Class

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Longmen Grottoes, one of the UNESCO World Heritages
  • Lunch
  • Chinese cuisine cooking class experience in local vocational school
  • Dinner

Day 7: Return Home

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Zhengzhou airport (2h 40mins)
  • Take flight back home

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