Wu Shu Demo

After our free day, we face another 5 days of intense training. The programme remains, but there is far more to master for each of us.

The weather stays hot, around 30-33 degrees, unfortunately with a significant increase in humidity… After trainings you feel like leaving the shower.

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Walled City

After 5 days of intense training, we finally have a day off… Some of us decide to remain at the hotel, while others join the discovery tour, organised by Shun, a student of Zhang laoshi. Shun is also a travel guide.

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Wu Shu Training 01

After 3 relaxing days, the camp does start. The Belgian team has 7 members, the 5 you’ve met earlier in Beijing – Lieve, Jeroen, Boris, Karen and me – and 2 others who we meet in the hotel, Micha and Kevin.

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Beijing Hot (S)Pot

Finally… After one year intensive training, the Zhen Wu Camp in Beijing arrives. Our flight leaves on one of the busiest days at Brussels Airport, but we don’t see anything of that. Everything goes smooth and after a 10h direct flight we arrive in Beijing airport. Approval goes quick.

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Hohhot (呼和浩特), our last days in China

We arrive a round 2 am in hūhéhàotè (呼和浩特), which means the Blue City
in Mongolian. A reference to the blue sky arching over the grasslands
of old.
We head directly to our hotel for another couple of hours sleep…
Nonetheless on our sleeper train we could sleep some 31 hours.

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The long train journey

Here most of our trip through China ends… The next couple of days we
head a three day train journey to the Inner Mongolia (內蒙古) province,
to the capital town of Hohhot (呼和浩特) – called the blue city in
Chinese.
The first leg goes from Kashgar to Turpan (吐魯番 – tǔlǔfān), a 22 hour
trip with only seats available. Loaded with lots of fruit, water and
instant noodles we board the train. Dreading the road ahead, since we
know we’ll arrive broken!
Luckily the people on the train are friendly and nice, so this makes
things sweeter.

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