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Aug 19, 2006 - In Kaifeng

Arrived in Kaifeng at 7:am and fought our way off the train through the thousands of embarking passengers with all our luggage - an adventure! To our hotel for a day of much needed leisure. Our hotel, the Kaifeng Hotel, was built in 1954 of traditional Chinese style and I've got a nice big room - out the back window is pretty seedy though! No English language TV. Next door is a Western Cafe that opens at 9:30 am - we were so thrilled to have a Western breakfast - Earl Gray Tea, a delicious waffle with butter and honey and a beautiful fruit...

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Aug 9, 2006 - Shaolin Temple, Henan Province

I'd heard of the Shaolin Temples ever since I began listening to Wu Tang Clan back in high school. I had no idea where it was. When I talked with a few other travelers who mentioned it, I decided to check it out. I knew going into it I was in for a crowded Chinese tourist attraction. That was confirmed when I jumped on to my bus to go to the temples and I found myself the only westerner along for the ride...another day of simple conversation and practicing English as a lot of the people on the bus were just fascinated that I was on the same...

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May 26, 2006 - Luoyang, China

Luoyang, China (Home to the famous Shaolin Temple) Friday 26th May - Sunday 28th May On Friday we took a 6 hour train ride from Xian east, to Luoyang in the hard seat section of the train. It was a really nice experience as we had to share a seat with an older Chinese couple and even though they didn't speak English we used our Mandarin phrase book to communicate a few things to them. They were really sweet and fed us biscuits all the way like we were kids. We were in a carriage with mainly locals so we got to see all of their interesting...

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Nov 12, 2005 - Deng Feng - Home to the Shaolin Kung Fu Monks

Saturday 12th November Pulled into Zhengzhou at 4am great time of the morning, decided against paying for a hotel for 5 hours so just sat it out till 6 am as any respectful traveller would do, and got straight on the first bus to Deng Feng home to Shaolin. On the bus they played some cheesy dubbed Kung Fu movie, it seemed only right as we headed for the home of Wushu. I sat next to this Chinese Uni student, he spoke real bad couldnt work out when he was saying Chinese or English. He kept asking me something over and over, normally these...

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Nov 2, 2005 - Shaolin Temple

Shaolin Temple November 2 I'm finally going to see the birthplace of the world-renowned Chinese Kung Fu, the Shaolin Temple. Over the centuries Shaolin monks have combined physical and mental exercises into an amazing system of training that allows them to be very effective in hand to hand combat as well as to perform superhuman feats demonstrating the power of the mind over matter. I saw a guy lie on a bed of nails with 3 large concrete blocks on top of him and support them while the top block was being broken by a sledge hammer. After...

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Sep 24, 2005 - Luoyang - Longmen Grottoes

B: We left on a bus from Luoyang for the Longmen Grottoes. Our local guide, Jeff, had an inferiority complex when it came to his home town. He was particularly scathing about Xi'an's claims to fame. The Grottoes are ancient Buddhist carvings in the limestone cliffs. Originally, there were 100,000 images of Buddha on these cliffs carved over thousands of years however, in the last couple of hundred years many were chipped off and taken to Western museums. Further destruction happened at Chinese hands during the Cultural Revolution (more...

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Jan 27, 2005 - Leavin Xi'an

Time for the group to split up today, Vicky left early for HK, Simon was heading of to do a river cruise, Angela would follow us tomorrow. Arranged to meet up with them again at some stage. Bit of a rush morning with a hangover and all, we scoffed breakfast and rushed to the station for our mammoth 14hr journey to Chengdu. The cabin was the same as before without the luxuries. We were all well knackered from traveling and drinking, so just read and did nuffin at all really, long boring ride ahead of us. Oh haven't mentioned China's toilets...

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Jan 26, 2005 - Terracotta Warriors

One of the main reasons I came to China was for this one visit. The seven of us from yesterday booked this trip together and were all equally gob smacked. We visited a supposed terracotta factory, which was more for us to buy something, but managed to get a couple of pics out of it. And then we saw our first snow! Second stop, a museum about the Emperor who was responsible for the Warriors. Third stop, time for lunch, some more noodle and strange looking dishes. Fourth and final stop, the best for last. Absolutely breathtaking, can't really...

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Nov 19, 2004 - Luoyang

komfort jazdy pociagiem i kultura posazerow (plucie itp) systematycznie spadaja. podobno i tak jest niewyobrazalnie duzo lepiej niz 2 lata temu. na razie nadal jest lepiej niz w pkp, zobaczymy jak bedzie bardziej na poludniu. jesli chodzi o plucie to szczegolnie niesmacznie wyglada to w przypadku mlodej, ladnej dziewczyny. usiecha sie a chwile potem pluje na podloge. fuj. zreszta zeby tylko plula, najpierw musi sobie 'charknac'. luoyang to, w porownaniu z pekinem, straszna prowincja. niby fajnie ale egzotyki trzeba sie troche naszukac, np...

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Oct 20, 2004 - Glasshopper

Well, I tell you, I am thrilled to bits to be here, at THE actual Shaolin Temple, the Mecca of the Martail Arts world. Though I may be less thrilled after tomorrow's 5.30 am run, as I have got rather out of condition the last several weeks here. Getting here involved some good news and some bad news. Some nice family gave me a lift to the town in their taxi, and even made sure it dropped me at a bank to change some more money. Then my fears were confirmed when I found out I did have hard seat not hard sleeper after all. But I stiffened my...

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Aug 5, 2004 - Mainland China

Beijing was an adventure in bigness. The city is big, things look like they are within walking distance on a map, but when you ask someone which was to walk they just laugh at you and it takes you about 45 minutes to get to the place on a bus or taxi. The city also seems to be developing at an amazing speed; there are hundreds of building sites and more shopping malls then I ever thought I would see in China. Although there is obviously poverty, there is also a huge middle class, and China is much more developed than I imagined. No joke,...

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Sep 21, 2002 - Luoyang

Our journey to Luoyang consisted of a short, one-hour train ride to the capital of Shandong province, Jinan, with a connection to the 12 hour overnight train onwards to Luoyang. We had no expectation that the trip to Jinan would be anything other than a short, uneventful ride. Boy, were we wrong! We muscled our way onto the train -- we look like 2 large and 1 small tank coming with our packs on -- and found seats in the hard (but still padded) seat section. Immediately, Dan's seatmate (a rather wizened looking middle-aged man) began asking...

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