Rice, rice, rice and more rice! I am so bored of it and it’s only been two weeks! Before I came to China I couldn’t use chop sticks but now after three meals a day I’m a pro!!
We had a 12 hour overnight train from Chengdu to Luoyang, then a 2 hour bus ride and a 40 minute hike with our backpacks into the heart of the Shaolin National Park.
Our rooms weren’t ready as it was 11am, so we didn’t have the chance to shower before the morning hike. When we arrived it was FREEZING but the sun came out as we started walking and we began to sweat!
1,000 steps straight up the mountain to Bodi Dhama the founder of Kung Fu. It was so beautiful and we got amazing views of the mountain side but it was so tiring!
In the evening we went to a Kung Fu show in the Shaolin Temple which was super impressive.
The following day we felt rather stiff from the day before but we had no idea what was in store. We got a cable car up Mount Song and did a 4 hour walk along the cliff edge to the Pagoda. It made the walk the day before seem like a walk in the park, 14,000 steps up and down the side of a mountain!
As we were in the home of Kung Fu we had to do a lesson. We were taught by a Shaolin monk in the same class with 8 year olds as they have similar skills to us – or lack of skills!
Our visit to the Shaolin Temple was short and sweet as the next morning we headed to the Longman Grottoes near Luoyang. All of us were so stiff and exhausted we struggled with the walk.
There were over 100,000 Buddhas built into the mountain side which was so stunning!
Another overnight to Beijing next!