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Wudang Mountain

This started out as my top ten shots!!! So many great memories Read more

You have to love the Chinese attempt at making the common sign more enlightening and multi-lingual. This makes me wonder what our signage translations look like to eye of the native speaker….Oh Wait!!!! We rarely put our signs in any other languages…what does that say about us Read more

The variety and color variations on the common insect here are incredible. Almost like being on another planet. Enjoy Read more

Here are some of my favorites from Kailin’s photo shot with Renato. It was a fun few hours….Renato you are the best Read more

This month began with both a high and a low. We both finished and fluffed our forms, but we were both sick. What started out as sore throats and sniffles turn into a full blown flu and cold combination. We don’t usually catch things but the whole school was sick: Chinese and Foreigners. I was Read more

Beauty: thy name is Wudang: There is so much beauty here. I will let these flowers tell the story Read more

April began with snow melting and us finally making the climb (20,000+ steps) up to Golden Top from Nan Yan. We have wanted to do this since we arrived last August, but our knees and general fitness were not up to it. I am proud to report that we did the walk that Master Guan Read more

We arrived late and spent the night at a hotel near Wudang Gate. No one is allowed up after around 6pm. The next morning was spectacularly beautiful, and not as cold as we expected. We did a bit of shopping: bought a rice cooker, as it will be nice to have more food options, and Read more

This was our last week on the mountain before we leave for Thailand and adventures new. We have been packing and trying to decide what we might need to take and what to leave behind in storage. We are definitely traveling light. We also packed and sent our first box of stuff back to England Read more

This week has been pure routine so I thought I would take the opportunity to describe daily life in this part of China. I say this part, because China is BIG and varied. Much like the USA only they have vastly different cultures and traditions. They even have different languages, though Mandarin is suppose to Read more

What was the big event? Yes, I turned 50 this week! On the 20th I arrived at what, optimistically, is 1/3rd of the way through this life. The first 18-20 years I was a child and a wonderful childhood it was. This means I have only been practicing being an adult for 30 years, of Read more

It has been decided. We are going to Thailand. We leave the mountain on December 5th. It will take us 4 bus rides, 1 train ride, a flight to Kuala Lumpur (Malasia), 4 days here to get our Thai Visa’s, another flight and a car ride to end up in Phukett. We will find sun Read more

It is that time: time to renew our Chinese Visas. This means pictures, a trip to the police station and money. $400 for two – 3 month visas. Ouch! It is way more expensive for Americans. If we were from Norway it would only be $50. Apparently, they base what they charge people on what Read more

This week was filled with comings and goings. Lyn (Chinese) had a great leaving dinner at one of the little restaurants by our temple. It was our first time eating there. The food was excellent and Lyn was the perfect Chinese hostess: lots of food and drink. The Germans also left and we all had Read more

We returned from Xian on Friday, just in time for Zhen Wu’s birthday celebration at our temple on Saturday and the Wushu Championship opening ceremony in Shi Yan that evening. Over the time we were gone the Purple Heaven Temple had been transformed. It was covered in flags, and paper lanterns. Pavilions had been raised Read more

This week has seen yoga become a regular thing. Simon and Christy are committed and others are giving serious consideration. It is good for me to have company, as I push more that way. Monday the three of us went up to the Red Army Shire, above Purple Heaven, to meditate as the Taoist drums Read more

Practice has been intensifying. We are moving into more complicated kicks and kicking combinations, but the hardest new thing this week was the chicken walk: forward and backwards. All the way down in a squat. My thighs and knees had a fit! Master Guan also started full drop back backbends with us. That was good Read more

Master Guan has returned! We are all very happy to have him back. He is tough, but through. Also, the film crew that scoped the school a couple of weeks ago returned. They interviewed Kailin and I, filmed our rooms, and practice. This week has seen us finishing the tiger, and starting dragon.  We are Read more

Packing up in England, leaving behind friends and family once again, traveling across the world, way different food and climate, whole new workout regime, whole new set of environmental factors finally caught up with us this week. I started in with a sore throat into a full blown cold on Monday and Kailin followed on Read more

It has rained all week. When I say rain, I mean every kind of rain: mist, slow rain, dew, light rain, hard rain, sideways rain, and torrential down pour! When it rains we practice under the 2nd floor walk way around our school. Fortunately, there are not too many of us at the moment and Read more