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Luoyang, Day 4

Luoyang, China

We arrived in Luoyang by train in the early morning. After checking-in to the hotel in town, we got ready for a short drive out to the Shaolin temple. After a local lunch we visited the temple at the base of a mountain whose peak looks as though Buddha is lsleeping on his back (it kinda looks like that). The shaolin temple was one of the most anticipated sites to visit for the trip. The following events occurred:


The Shaolin temple is pretty much on its own park. There are countless children and youth training away and maintaining their own grounds. The main focal attractions at the site are the theatre, where you can see them perform and train (its a choreographed show really) and the pagoda forest, a collection of small pagodas dedicated to the past shaolin masters. The performance was impressive but has an edge of feeling over rehearsed. After the show, which was really too short, you can buy shirts and other momentos outside. This is where we encountered the master of the five-fingered discount. I was talking with the shop keepers and students interested in buying some stuff from the store and I put my video camera down for a second. A minute later, it magically disappeared, in th emidst of only about 5 people. My camera DV got yanked! And not only that, the DVD's that Robert and I bought where bogus. They weren't the performance that we saw, it was a lame instructional video... it was a shaolin hustle. A lesson in impermanence.

Other than the slight damper of the theft, the religious ceremony at the temple and the pagoda forest were quite interesting and impressive. Although, on the way out of the pagoda forest, I did see a monk kick a blind beggar in the back to get him out. Not very compassionate... then again, there is a serious contradiction with having monks be powerful warriors. There's somehting not right about Peace, Compassion, and Butt-kicking. Still, it was cool to see all these things; monks doing head stands, breakig stuff, etc. I mean, we've seen so much stuff in film and TV, it was nice to go to the source of it all.

As we drove away that evening there was a huge reddish moon rising above the mountains. It was the start of the mid-autumn festival (moon cake festival). Later, we finished the day off with hour long foot massages. It was great and I almost forgot that I got ripped off earlier.

permalink written by  Benjamin Satterfield on September 17, 2005 from Luoyang, China
from the travel blog: China Tour Fall 2005
tagged China, Theft, Luoyang, Shaolin, Temple, Buddha, Monks, Kungfu, Pagoda and Camera

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Activites Day at KYU - Chinese instrument, a dance, calligraphy, wrap dumplings, tea, rehearsals, laundry

Kao Yuan Unversity, Taiwan

2007-07-22 08:12. Got breakfast

2007-07-22 09:45. Classroom/auditorium. Old Big explained the locations for the different learning activities. Chinese musical instrument the Zither- Guzheng 古箏 was here in the Classroom, Taiwanese Taike dance on the second floor, Chinese traditional toys outside, calligraphy was in another classroom somewhere else. Resting in dorm rooms was also an option but the downside was that there was no AC as electricity was turned off.

2007-07-22 13:33. Tea demonstrations started. This was after the dumplings lunch, which we wrapped ourselves.

2007-07-22 16:42. Back in dorm washing some clothes, trying unsuccessfully to remove stubborn bubble gum stains.

2007-07-22 18:47. Chatting outside residence lobby.

2007-07-22 20:07. Around dinner, learned basic phrases from the Indonesians

2007-07-22 20:23. Laundry pickup

2007-07-22 21:01. Classroom/auditorium, practicing for Taiwan Night (the final evening of 28th) performance, each bus had to prepare. We had about two songs.

2007-07-22 23:10. Back in dorm room

2007-07-22 23:22. Helped A with roll check

2007-07-23 00:30. Aping/counsellor's dorm room with four laptops, got my digital camera back after they'd finished copying photos up to that point, to be used for the souvenir book/DVD they were making.

2007-07-23 00:38. Headed back to dorm room.

permalink written by  monex on July 22, 2007 from Kao Yuan Unversity, Taiwan
from the travel blog: 2007 Overseas Compatriot Youth Taiwan 5th Study Tour (2007海外青年台灣觀摩團第5梯次)
tagged Camera, KYU, Dumplings and Guzhen

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