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Thoughts on Rising Dragon School, Moving North To Beijing!

I found this was not the place for me, The troubles to get to Beijing!

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So the flood and the disaster storm was over, and the roads had been "fixed" so that cars could pass through to Taining, the closest village where you could get a bus out of this area. I decided that the school may have not been for me here, My dream of doing Shaolin Training just crumbled like that...

I had expected a much more strict training regime, And not just working on the forms, I was hoping to at least spend time working out the practical use of the movements, But the answers i were given seemed bland, and to me, having my Muay Thai background, Could not see the moves being so effective for me, So i decided that Shaolin Fist was not for me...

Dont get me wrong the Shaolin guys are SOOOO talented in what they do, But the fighting aspect of it, seems to have maybe become lost...So anyway i decided to head to a school in the north to a new teacher to try out his style...

There was one girl at the school called Humar (A British Indian) she was not also enjoying her time at the school, So i told her we could go together to the north as she was going to Beijing anyway, and i could speak a TINY bit of Chinese which may have helped during the journey.

So off we went to Taining, the car ride there, you could see some of the damage from the flood caused, In the picture below...


I have never been one for taking too many pictures, Now that i look back and think, I was quite stupid so from now on 12/11/2010, I will start to take many pics hahah.

Anyway when we arrived in Taining, we could not even imagine some of the damage that was caused to this town from the flood, apparently they got hit pretty hard, as you can see from the pictures below, There was some pretty nasty water left over still from the flood..


One other shock was the bridge! This is the bridge we were rowing under when doing the Dragon Boat Race! It had just disappeared! My Gosh! We were so lucky this did not happen at the time of the event =X...

I am asking myself right now, Why did i take more pictures? I think at the time i felt sorry for the people here, and the LAST thing i wanted to do was take pictures of their misfortune...I seem to remember some trouble about the government trying to cover up the flood damage, because my friend in the north could not retrieve any information.

Anyway, Off we went to the Bus Station and we took a bus to Sanming city, Which was the closest city with a Train station, on there way there, you could see many land slides which happened due to the intense rain... When we arrived at Sanming, i had only planned to stay there 1 night, But the next day , we were told that the trains had been stopped....UGH! for apparently 6 days, So ok, Humar and i chilled in Sanming for 6 days, Just hanging around, looking at the shops and some sites etc etc...

6 days passed, and we went to the station only to find out there were still further delays and they were not sure how long! UGH! so i know it was more expensive but we decided to fly to Beijing, for a cost of about 130 GBP... The airport was quite far away it was not in Sanming city, so we got a in a car, which was going to that way, with 2 other local Chinese inside and they dropped us at the next City. We then took a Taxi to the airport after much trouble, Arrived to the airport and asked for the next flight to Beijing, which was luckily only in about 1.5hrs, time

So off we were! To Beijing!

Posted by MonkHermit 21:59 Archived in China

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