Jee Shin Wing Chun Group has arrived in Fuzhou, southern China
They came to research the origins of Wing Chun Kung Fu.
The purpose of visiting Putian was to visit the southern shaolin temple.
Sifu Garry took a group to the Northern Shaolin Temple in Henan Province in 2012.
Completing the trip to the Southern Shaolin was of paramount importance.
The Coach trip to Putian from Fuzhou took about 2 hours.
I remember the highway being very rough for the first 30 minutes.
Putian is a very long City so it took some time to reach the main road leading to the Temple.
It was easy to find.
The main road has a Chinese entrance gate called “Shaolin Road”.
It was a short trip to the base of the Mountain
It took about 20 minutes to reach the Temple.
The mountain was covered in a misty fog giving everyone a real spiritual sense.
The walk around the Temple only took about an hour.
The monumental statues that surround the walls and entrances were out of this world.
The statues were Buddhist Deities ornate in Gold and Brass were absolutely magnificent.
Towards the end of our tour, Sifu Linda and I decided to perform some tai chi and kung fu.
We were notices by Shaolin Officials and were invited into a Silk Road forum.
There, we were greeted by the Head Abbot of Australia and the Head Abbot of the Shaolin Temple.
They eventually decided to have photographs taken with our wing chun kung fu group.
The head Abbot of Australia organized a group of Shaolin Monks to perform for our group.
Sifu Linda performed wing chun Biu Gee form for the Monks.
During all this the Paparazzi were doing their thing surrounding us and taking heaps of photos.
I even did an interview with a Korean TV Reporters.
The Shaolin Monks invited us to stay for Lunc
As we were on a time schedule I had to decline, with all due respect.
It was an honour and privilege to be so lucky to meet the Head Abbots from China and Australia.
It was totally unexpected and not on our itinerary.
After leaving the Temple and the mountain, we drive around Putian to find a restaurant.
The first one we chose was too traditional with food in cages, such as snakes, turtles and fish.
We left in a hurry and eventually found a fantastic restaurant.
The staff was ever so friendly and the food was absolutely fantastic.
We took some photos and left for our drive to Fuqing which hosts another Temple.
The weather became inclement and the time was late afternoon.
We would be going up another mountain in the wet and dark.
What an amazing day we all had.
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