Tiger Leaping Trent
Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
39Trip End Dec 31, 2007
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As we were late, we found out Enon had decided to go inside about 15 minutes earlier and we tried to catch up to her, but the rains made it a bit difficult, though we eventually found our wet friend
The next morning, we headed off for our training. I was a bit disappointed not to get some kungfu style unifrom to strain in, but we did get these Converse-style training shoes for a whopping $2.50 - LOL, what are they in the States, $50?!! We learned heaps of katas, training poses and plenty of kicks, which I sucked at due to limited flexibility. The katas are the foundation of the arts, but Chris and I were disappointed to not learn a few more "useful" things, but the trainer said he would show us some sanda, self-defense, techniques the following day! So, we again enjoyed the little city, strolling through its park, having bumper car wars with their own ball gun launchers mounted...until I popped Enon square in the eye!! (Sorry E!) We then had a fantastic dinner of hotpot, which, being his first official Chinese hotpot, Chris thoroughly enjoyed! We crashed, tired from the training, before one more day of training and going our separate ways.
In our last day, we finally learned some "useful" kungfu and Chris and I practiced throwing each other all over the place with judo-like defense moves! WE rented a car and driver (cheap - like $8 per person) to drive us back to Zhouzhang and put Chris on his overnight train to Chengdu
In summary, I had another amazing time in China and saw so many great places. I was glad to be able to see some of those places with good friends...traveling alone has its own rewards and is fun (I encourage everyone to do so as you will learn more about yourself than you thought possible), but traveling with friends is even better!