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5 to 300 days
March through December
Available in English
All levels
Max. 10 people
Authorized by the Shaolin Temple

What’s included

  1. Accommodation
  2. 3 daily meals
  3. Daily training and studies with Master Shi Yanchen and his wife, Chen Lily
  4. Traditional Shaolin Kung fu training, Chan meditation, Qigong, and Tai Chi sessions
  5. Chinese lessons with a native speaker
  6. Sinology and calligraphy lessons
  7. Laundry
  8. School diploma
  9. Visa invitation letter
  10. Training attire (Shaolin uniforms are included for 14 to 300-day training packages)
  11. Transfers from Xuchang Railway Station or Xuchang Bus Station


Not included

  • Airfare
  • Chinese visa fee (approx. USD $140)
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (souvenirs, phone calls, snacks and drinks, etc.)
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Traditional Shaolin Kung fu

At Master Shi Yanchen's learning center set at the Baitusi Temple in Xuchang, China, you will learn traditional Shaolin methods of physical and spiritual training, Chan meditation, Qigong and Tai Chi from a genuine Shaolin warrior monk who began his training at the Shaolin Temple at the young age of seven. With over 18 years of teaching experience, Master Shi Yanchen and his wife, Chen Lily, will work with you individually and guide you in your training and studies every step of the way. Chinese, sinology and calligraphy lessons are also available.


The daily routine at Master Shi Yanchen's Traditional Shaolin Kung fu School follows the Shaolin Monastery precepts rigorously. Life at the school is carried out under the rules of the family and the principles of soldierly virtues. The daily routine at the school is designed to strengthen the body and spirit, and teach students the values of discipline, patience, and hard work. Students wake up at 5 a.m. during the summer and at 6 a.m. in wintertime.

The course structure may depend on your level (beginner, intermediate, advanced). Your level will be assessed upon arrival at the school.
  • 05:00 a.m. — Wake up call
  • 05:20 a.m. — Morning workout
  • 07:00 a.m. — Breakfast
  • 09:00 a.m. — Training sessions
  • 12:00 p.m. — Lunch
  • 03:30 p.m. — Training with the Master
  • 06:30 p.m. — Dinner
  • 07:30 p.m. — Evening workout
  • 09:00 p.m. — Bed time
Studies last for 6 to 8 hours every day, except for Saturday and Sunday.
Shared room
Bunk beds3 students sharing a room
Shared bathroomEquipped with Western toilets and hot water showers
A/C
WiFi
Water dispenser
Linen, blankets

The school offers spacious, air-conditioned rooms shared by three students each. Rooms are equipped with comfortable bunk beds, clean furnishings, water dispensers, and WiFi. Laundry facilities and shared bathrooms with hot water showers and Western toilets are available.

For the duration of your training, you will be served three healthy, Buddhist meals a day. All meals are freshly cooked in the school's kitchen, using organically grown produce from Master Shi Yanchen's own gardens.

Breakfast optionsEggs, soup, vegetables, and rice, wheat or corn cereal
Lunch and dinner optionsStir-fried vegetables, noodles and rice dishes served with freshly baked traditional buns
Regular / Vegetarian / Vegan meals
Please get in touch in advance to discuss your specific dietary requirements.

Baitusi Temple, Xuchang, Henan Province, China



How to get there:

Please book your flights to arrive at the Zhengzhou Airport (CGO), then take a shuttle bus to Xuchang (one-way ticket prices start from US$6 and the journey lasts for approximately one hour). If you choose to arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), please take a speed train from the Beijing Railway Station to Xuchang Railway Station. The cost of a one-way train ticket from Beijing to Xuchang is 350 CNY (approximately $50).

Transfers from Xuchang Railway Station or Xuchang Bus Station are included in the package. Zhengzhou Airport transfers can be arranged upon request for an extra fee (600 CNY / approximately USD $100 for roundtrip transfers).
Master Shi Yanchen
Shaolin Kung fu Master

A genuine Shaolin warrior monk and disciple of Shi Yong Qian, Shifu (Master) Shi Yanchen joined the Shaolin Temple and started his training when he was 7 years old. After many years of arduous studies and practice at the Temple, in 2002 he started traveling the world with the Shaolin Kung fu Show. A year later, Shifu Shi Yanchen became China's Shaolin Kung fu National Champion. Having mastered Shaolin’s 18 different weapons, Shifu Shi Yanchen was invited to give Shaolin Kung fu performances in the United States, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Turkey.


However, his true calling remained at home, in China. In 2011, he returned to China and opened a traditional Shaolin Kung fu school, together with his wife, Chen Lily. With over 18 years of teaching experience, Shifu Shi Yanchen has taught Shaolin Kung fu in Chinese, English, German, and French to over 700 students from all over the world. Shifu Shi Yanchen's school is an officially recognized traditional Shaolin Kung fu training center. The school teaches martial ethics and follows the family rules and all the traditional teachings of the Shaolin Monastery.

When is this experience available?

Master Shi Yanchen receives students at his Shaolin Kung fu learning center at the Baitusi Temple in Xuchang every year from March to December.


What language is used during the Shaolin Kung fu training?

The program is taught in English and Chinese (Mandarin).


I have no prior Kung fu experience and I am not in a very good physical shape. Can I still book this experience?

Of course. Master Shi Yanchen has extensive experience training beginners with low physical fitness. Master Shi Yanchen and his wife, Chen Lily, will be there to guide you every step of the way.


I have trained in Shaolin Kung fu before and I am in very good physical shape. Is this experience appropriate for me?

It is. If you are in good physical shape, your learning process will be swifter and easier. Master Shi Yanchen will help you deepen your study of forms and prepare you to enter competitions. Please send us any questions you might have before booking.


How many students train at the school at the same time?

No more than 10, but usually 5 students train at the school at any given time.


I am vegetarian / vegan. Can I still book this experience?

Of course. Most traditional Buddhist dishes are often naturally vegan or vegetarian. Please get in touch to discuss your specific dietary requirements.


I have allergies. Can I still book this experience?

Participants who suffer from severe, life-threatening allergies are strongly encouraged to come prepared with all the necessary medication and be capable of self-administering it. Please get in touch to discuss your specific requirements.


What is the weather like in Xuchang, China?

Xuchang has a warm temperate continental climate, with an annual average temperature of approximately 57.7°F (14.3°C). There is a clear distinction between the four seasons. The hottest month is July, with an average temperature of about 81.1°F (27.3°C), while the coldest month is January, with an average temperature of 31.6°F (minus 0.2°C). Winters are cold but seldom snowy. Please make sure you pack lightweight clothes and a light sweater for mornings and evenings if you’re traveling during the summer; jackets, trousers and waterproof clothing for spring and autumn; regular winter wear if you’re traveling during the winter months.


What should I bring?

Please make sure you pack your favorite training shoes, some loose cotton clothing for training, seasonally-appropriate clothes, your camera, and some pocket money for souvenirs. The school will provide laundry services and a free kit of traditional Kung fu training attire for students staying for 30 days and longer.


Do I need a visa?

Yes. If you plan to join the Shaolin Kung fu school for less than a month, the usual single-entry tourist visa will suffice. If you plan to stay for more than a month and don't like the prospect of having to leave and re-enter the country multiple times, a study visa is recommended. Please contact us for further guidance.


How far in advance should I book this experience?

Given that the Yanchen Traditional Shaolin Kung fu School can accommodate no more than 10 students at the same time, please make a reservation at least three months in advance. That will leave you with plenty of time to secure a tourist or study visa. Please contact us for further guidance.


Where should I land?

Please book your flights to arrive at the Zhengzhou Airport (CGO), then take a shuttle bus to Xuchang (one-way ticket prices start from US$6 and the journey lasts for approximately one hour). If you choose to arrive at the Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), please take a speed train from the Beijing Railway Station to Xuchang Railway Station. The cost of a one-way train ticket from Beijing to Xuchang is 350 CNY (approximately $50).


Are transfers included?

Transfers from Xuchang Railway Station or Xuchang Bus Station are included in the package. Zhengzhou Airport transfers can be arranged upon request for an extra fee (600 CNY / approximately USD $100 for roundtrip transfers).


Are there any age restrictions?

There are no formal age restrictions. Master Shi Yanchen has trained students aged 5 to 70. However, please keep in mind that you must be 18 years of age to travel independently.

Simonne, Sydney, Australia:

"Spending time at Master Shi Yanchen's Shaolin Kung Fu school, at the foot of the Dengfeng mountains, was such an amazing highlight of my trip to China. An experience I will not forget. It was something I was really keen to do, but it all seemed a little unknown and daunting from the outset. However, all those fears vanished once I met Master Yanchen and all his students. They welcomed me open-heartedly and I became fully immersed among the students, training and living alongside them. Such an experience, the real deal. I also received amazing one on one training with the master and his wife which I loved and hope to learn more of! I was so privileged to be there for the opening ceremony of the international Kung Fu competition which is something I will not forget. It was really amazing! These people live the philosophy behind Shaolin Kung Fu which they show through hard work and discipline as well as through openheartedness and kindness. Andra from UpTrek was fantastic at corresponding with me, answering my multitude of questions. She responded very promptly and was more than willing to help me in anyway she could. She also helped arrange another foreign student to pick me up which helped me feel at ease and comfortable. I would highly recommend her services."


Francesco, Italy:

"I trained in Shaolin Gong Fu for several years and had the chance to know Shi Yanchen and the school coaches since 2005. I was there the day the school opened with six students and I was very impressed about the quick growing of the school in recent years. The reasons are top level teachings techniques, friendly atmosphere, great staff and Shi Yanchen's charming personality. One of the best choices to live to the fullest the experience of studying traditional Shaolin Quan or the most spectacular Shaolin Wushu, according to one's inclinations and interests."


Camille, France:

"I went there first time one month. Then again. Then again, with always the sensation that it was too short. Next year I finally decided to go there 3 months."


David, Switzerland:

"I enjoyed everything, the rooms, the food and the lessons, especially writing Chinese characters."


Master Shi Yanhao, Indonesia:

"Master Shi Yanchen's teaching methods and traditional Shaolin Kung fu experience are very rich. This is my choice as an exchange Shaolin Kung fu training center."