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After lunch and dinner at some local restaurants we were treated to a Kungfu Show. It was packed with 99.9 % foreigners but it was a great show with a lot of history on Kungfu and the Shaolin Temple. Shaolin is the birthplace of Kungfu and at one time was a guarded secret. In fact, when Bruce Lee was teaching Kungfu to foreigners, he received a lot of backlash from the Chinese ...
Today was an eventful day in Zhocun, China. We loaded our luggage on the bus for a 2 hour bus ride to Zhoucun. Zhoucun is an ancient commercial village-town. Normally it would take about 1 hour to drive here, but the traffic is so congested that the time is doubled.
We were invited by the No. 6 High School in Zhoucun to visit their school and enjoy another Welcome ceremony. The typical protocol at these ...
... best essay(s). There will also be a prize for the best photos/videos taken on the trip.
It is also a day of preparation and testing for the kids. In Chinese high schools (10th-12th grades), the kids spend their 12th grade year reviewing for the "Gao kao3." This is similar to our SAT or ACT, except this test alone can determine what university you are able to attend. However, most ...
... teaching, they brought in a local Master. He taught us both Kungfu and Taichi. The Chinese actually say Wushu (Wu-military or martial and shu-art), more than they do Kungfu.
There are a few styles of Kungfu that can be practiced. There is a hard style and a soft style. The terms hard and soft denote how forceful a defender counters an attack. This can be armed or unarmed. The Yin and Yang symbol represent the hard (Yang) and soft ...
Today was a big day with a lot to do and see. The kids did not have Chinese class today. Instead, they visited the Cultural Center here on Shandong University campus.
After a brief introduction to Confucius and Chinese culture, we were taken in groups to different rooms on the 24th floor. Each room had different activities that taught us more about the culture. The first station was the tea ceremony. The ...