Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shaolin Temple and Farmers Village

This weekend we all went to Shaolin Temple in the city of Dengfeng (or at least its close to there). It wasn't as exciting as Xi'an or Thailand but it was nice to have something different than the hustle and bustle of other trips. We went to a kung fu show at Shaolin temple:

There was a time in the show when they asked for volunteers to mimic the moves of the kung fu masters. One of our own foreigners was chosen to participate!

Later we headed to lunch and then to the Pagoda Forest... if you can imagine what that is like then your guess is as good as mine was.

So I don't actually remember what the name of this place was, but it was right before we went to the Pagoda Forest... Got lots of good pics there.

As for the enormous incense sticks... that was in front of a temple area where people could come see the Buddha statue.

Later that day we went to a Farming village and had dinner in the farmers' houses. The village was really neat and we got to see a traditional Chinese farm house, much different from the ones I have seen in the states.

This is the road leading to the village...

This is the kitchen and bed room in one of the homes.

Our delicious dinner! All of us foreigners packed into one of houses before we left.

If I had to choose my favorite part of this trip it would be the Farmers Village. I loved seeing the quaint and homey living spaces of the locals.

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