July 13, 2012
I’m visiting one of my students from Bryant, Yin Boqian, who lives here in Zhengzhou. His family owns a hotel here, and they have been kind enough to put me up while I’m here. I probably wouldn’t have come to Zhengzhou if he hadn’t invited me—it’s not frequently visited by foreigners except for passing through to get somewhere else. Zhengzhou is one of the oldest cities in China, and the surrounding area is rich with history, so I’m glad I have had the chance to come here.
Boqian and I went to the Shaolin Temple today. Very famous. Very cool. Though it’s a bit too exploited for tourism if you ask me. The best parts:
- The pagoda forest, which is actually a cemetery, the headstones mostly stone pagoda towers.
- The kungfu students. Shaolin is a Buddhist temple/monastery and a famous kungfu school. The students live at the school and learn discipline and martial arts. I saw a father threaten to send his tantrum-throwing son to the kungfu school so he could learn to behave—not a bad option.