Life at the School

Weekends and free time

During the week, there are breaks in the day between training sessions. Students often appreciate this time for resting, though they may also like to spend it to do their own personal training, meditate, read, go for a walk or listen to music etc.

At the weekends, there is no formal training so students are free to rest, and with the permission of their master leave the school to visit places near by. Students may also ask for a period of holiday if they wish to travel during their stay.

Students occasionally go on trips to climb Mount Tai or have the opportunity to visit the Shaolin Temple in Henan Province with their masters and be introduced to the Head Abbot, the Venerable Shi Yong Xin

What to bring

For training, it is good to bring loose trousers or shorts in the summer t-shirts and in the winter some over-clothes or track suit wear. It is useful to have a pair of running shoes for jogging and stamina training, but for regular training, students usually wear a type of thin-sole trainers that can be bought easily after arriving.

It is advisable to bring a power adapter if you are bringing any electrical equipment with you from your home country. There are power sockets in the rooms that students can use. You could also bring a basic medical bag with you and any other special items from your home that are unlikely to be available near the school. You may like to bring with you books to read or listen to and language texts if you would like to do personal study in Chinese Mandarin.

Telephone, mail and internet

The school has connected computers in the office that students can use to check their emails. There is also an office phone that can be used to receive calls. International calls can be made on pay phones using coins or with a phone card. From the nearest post office, letters to and from America and European countries by airmail may take around a week or two to arrive. Parcels may take a little longer.

Money and banking

ATM's at the Bank of China can be used to take out money using a card. Cash can also be sent from a foreign country through Western Union. Traveler's cheques can be cashed at a bank such as the Bank of China and but may take a little while to process.

Food and accommodation is included in costs for the school so it is not necessary to spend much extra money whilst training other than for snacks and water, travel and shopping. Students are likely to find that food and many other things are much cheaper to buy in China than in their home country.


There are no required vaccinations for entering China except for the Yellow Fever vaccination if you are arriving from an infected area. It is best to consult a travel clinic in advance of leaving if you wish to have any other vaccinations such as the Hepatitis A vaccine.

In China, local clinics and hospitals are well-equipped and have many western, chinese and combination medicines. In a medical bag, it is convenient to have things like sunscreen, insect repellant, band aids, some cream or ointment for cuts and bruises, something for an upset stomach or nausea, any prescription or allergy medicine and multi-vitamins if taken.

Visitors are not recommended to drink unboiled tap water in China. For training, students either fill up their bottle with pre-boiled water from the school's hot water machine freely or buy boxes of bottled water as they are quite inexpensive.

In traditional Chinese medicine, the practice of Qigong and Tai Chi are considered beneficial and restorative to health.

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