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Shaolin Temple
Okay, part - don’t know - of my neverending story.
So, I took the train from Xi’an to Luoyang, we arrived in that city of only 1,5 Million in the early afternoon, we had time for shopping. Honestly, there are greater places for buying anything, but at least here you have a the chance to buy things being authentic Chinese. Also the evening was interesting, after I had dinner in a small restaurant with three others of the group we passed the … (I don’t know the name • in Italian it would be Piazza de Popolo, in German Volksplatz, let’s just call it market place)
A young Chinese asked us about our home in English, suddenly, about thirty to fourty people crowded around us, no doubt, we were the alien there.
Shaolin Temple
It was really interesting, after about 45 minutes an hour I took Stefan and we continued our walk to the hotel, we didn’t come for. Music was playing and people danced, so we decided not to dry Foxtrott again (after that Foxtrott-disaster in Hangzhou), we choose Jive.
The next day we took the bus to the famous Shaolin monastery; this was also a rather disappointing experience. It was like a money machine - loads of tourists. The show in a Kung Fu-boarding school was nice, but really good was the visit in the school, we, the females of our group, were only allowed in the girls-dormitories. Well, I am happy I didn’t attend a boarding school and attended school only in Germany and the US. We got invited in a small quarters • only 16 girls (age 6 to fourteen) shared the room, instead of 32.
A small town between the Shaolin Monastery and Luoyang
They didn’t have soft beds; they had a bamboo mat on a wooden board and not a mattress. I didn’t see one single cupboard. Those girls had to wake up at five in the morning • to go jogging, afterwards they got fighting lesson, later school and again fighting. They saw there parents once a year for a three week holiday. What a tough youth…
Anyway, on our way back to Luoyang we had supper in a village, we were even more the aliens than in Louyang. It really is a strange feeling, if you walk there completely alone. Those people are not unfriendly, they just stare at you with your high-tech digital camera (and your long nose;-) [No, that’s not a mistake]).
However afterwards we stopped at another UNESCO-world heritage • Longmen Caves. Buddhas of various sizes were chiselled into stone, the smallest only 2 cm, and the biggest 19 m • but today a lot of them can be examined in museums around the globe.
We had to hurry, back to Louyang for another train-ride, 12 hours to…

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Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
A small town between the Shaolin M…
A small town between the Shaolin …
Longmen Grottoes - an UNESCO-World…
Longmen Grottoes - an UNESCO-Worl…
Longmen Grottoes - an UNESCO-World…
Longmen Grottoes - an UNESCO-Worl…
Longmen Grottoes - an UNESCO-World…
Longmen Grottoes - an UNESCO-Worl…
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