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Possibly no sport is more emblematic, more mysterious, more energetic than the traditions of kung fu. From the blockbuster films of Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to the enigmatic monks at the Shaolin Temple, the varied traditions of the martial arts in China have colored perceptions of China to the West as well as excited tourists domestic and abroad for centuries. The fast moving Shaolin style, the serene Tai Chi, and the medicinal Qi Gong have come down from the mountaintops and monasteries to present one of the world’s greatest and most fantastic sport traditions.
This trip will give you the unequaled opportunity to learn Kung Fu from the masters. Travel to Beijing to visit cultural sites emblematic of China down to the local residences. Practice your stance at the Shaolin Temple, the storied home of Kung Fu where visitors come from around the world to learn from the authentic masters. Climb Mt. Wudang, the Taoist holy mountain where your master will teach you the art of Qi Gong in a picturesque location. Build your Qi life force through learning the soft weapon style of Fu Chen with a private master. Come to learn the many athletic styles of one of the most storied and ancient forms of martial arts in the places where they were developed.
Graceland Yard Hotel
Fly into Beijing and transfer to your hotel. Your guide will introduce you to the ancient history of the city, which has been the capital of China for hundreds of years over various dynasties. Witness the ancient architecture standing side by side with modern skyscrapers pass by as you make your way to your hotel, where you will rest for your upcoming adventure.
Graceland Yard Hotel
Spend the full day on one of the greatest architectural wonders of mankind – the Great Wall. Hike continuously from Jinshanling to Simatai, a rugged, seldom visited section complete with intact guard towers and sections from as far back as the Ming dynasty. The hike is breathtaking, crossing mountain passes alongside a striking skyline. Most of the route has been restored to its original condition, allowing you to experience the wall as it was hundreds of years ago.
Graceland Yard Hotel
Stroll along the grassy paths of the Temple of Heaven: once a sacrificial altar for the emperors, now a recreational park for Beijing locals surrounded by fantastic architectural accomplishments. Play jianzi with local people in the park, and later take a private rickshaw through the many hutongs of ancient Beijing, residences unchanged for generations. Take a walking tour which starts from the picturesque Houhai lake and ends at the historic Qianmen street.
Sofitel International Hotel
In the morning, drive to the palatial retreat in the northwest of Beijing, the Summer Palace. The UNESCO world heritage site surrounds a massive lake and is populated with stunning examples of Chinese building and a peaceful respite from the hustle of Beijing. After touring the grounds and lunch on site, transfer to the railway station for train to the capital of Henan province, Zhengzhou.
Take the storied trek to the Shaolin Temple as millions of pilgrims have made the journey before you. “Shaolin has become the place to go for kung-fu enthusiasts from around the world,” says Norwegian Bjarte Simon Hiley, who opened an academy in Norway. First start learning kung-fu from an established master in a private lesson. You’ll stay in a Kungfu culture hotel which is fulfilled with Zen characters.
Continue drilling with your private Kungfu lesson. In between lessons, experience daily life as it is seen by the masters who train diligently in the martial arts for years on end. Soak in the ancient culture of Shaolin Kungfu, complete with historic artifacts. Do not pass on the opportunity to meet with the local people as they have studied the arts of Shaolin-style kung fu as it has been for thousands of years.
Prepare for your drive back to Zhengzhou, and feast on the vistas of the Yellow River Scenic Area. The Yellow River is the longest river in Asia, and between her banks hold some of the most jaw-droppingly beautiful scenery as it passes through mountains and along lush green riversides. Also take a pit stop to view the Henan Provincial Museum to learn more about the history of the area. In the evening, take a train to Shiyan city in Hubei.
Guesthouse on Mt. Wudang
Drive up to the foggy peaks of Mt. Wudang, one of the Taoist Holy Mountains of China. The scenery is powerful, tinged with some fantastically serene and charming touches. While on the mountain, have a private Tai Chi lesson as it has been taught here by Taoists since its inception. Tai Chi works on all parts of the body, and stimulates the nerves as well as lowers blood pressure, relieves stress and gently tones muscles. Rest on the mountain while viewing the truly astonishing scenery.
Guesthouse on Mt. Wudang
Study the Fu Chen style of Chinese martial arts, considered a soft-weapon style. Wrapping and pulling, snapping, whisking, poking, sweeping, Fu Chen can be used for self defense by anyone of any body type. Study Fu Chen with your private tutor to tune your movements with your intention, your intention with your Qi, and your Qi with your spirit.
Take a morning drive back to Shiyan City and take a modern convenient bullet train to Wuhan, where you can continue your tour where your travels take you.
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