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Kung Fu School

Monday, August 10, 2009

We traveled, after having a refreshing time in a beautiful hotel and breakfast, to DengFeng. There we were in for a treat! Our first stop was to see the Grottos. Imagine a whole mountainside covered with sculptures of Buddha and Chinese Religious art. It was breath-taking; but there was more. As we reached the center of the rock there stood before us was a huge cliff carved Buddha. This was called “Big Buddha’s Temple.” There stood the most massive sculptures of Buddha, his guards etched in the rock! It was amazing. From there we checked into our refurbished farm houses, which were like little houses per room, and headed to the active temple. We listened the monks pray and sing and then headed out to see the Kung Fu School. That was astounding. Students from ages 7-20 practiced the martial arts. We watched in awe as they flipped, kicked, and sparred with one another. Tomorrow we get our private kung fu lesson with these well developed and skilled fighters! Dinner was awesome and within the city. Sweet and Sour pork was the favorite of the evening! Can’t wait for tomorrow!

4 comments:

Techie Thomas said...

Glad you are having a wonderful time. Tell everyone hello.

Judy Uhrig said...

I LOVE sweet and sour pork. I'll bet it is even better there!

Karen Wells said...

Wow! I thought you guys might have seen the highlight of your adventure when you hiked the Great Wall. It looks as if you are in for more great times. Karen Wells DSA South Africa

Changing Connections said...

You mention the awe you felt at the Grotto and Big Buddha and if I were there, I think this would have been one of those spiritual moments that cross cultures. To be able to view this culture's representation in religion at this magnitude: awesome, truly. What were the refurbished farm houses like? So wish you could add photos. A great post with wonderful details.


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PA DEN Leadership Council Blog Coordinator

Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 1st - 14th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture