Shaolin, Kungfu exchange at a Kungfu Boarding School, 6 days | The Dragon Trip

Shaolin, Kungfu exchange at a Kungfu Boarding School, 6 days

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6 days / 5 nights - POA

After seeing the historical wonders of Xi’an’s Terracotta Army and Muslim Quarter, the students travel to the Shaolin Temple for two days of bonding with students at a nearby Kung Fu boarding school for underprivileged children. Students are taught Kung Fu and in return teach the local pupils touch rugby, culminating in a mixed-team match.



Learning Outcomes

  • Action
  • Creativity
  • Bi-lateral service

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Day 1

Arrive in Beijing. Have a trip briefing then take the night train (soft sleeper) from Beijing to Xi’an. 


Day 2

Discover the mystery of ancient China’s at the Terracotta Warriors. Tour the Muslim Quarter and take an evening walk to the Drum and Bell tower.


Day 3

Ride the fast train from Xi’an to Longmen. Visit the Longmen Grottoes, which are an amazing collection of caves and stone structures. Transfer by coach to Dengfeng, the closest town to Shaolin Temple, and check in to accommodation.


Day 4

Visit a local Kung Fu school and children’s home. Watch the students perform a spectacular Kung Fu show followed by a lesson taught by the Monks. In the afternoon the students at the Kungfu School, will be teaching us a set of forms that we will perform in the evening. Walk to the Shaolin Temple itself, the home of Shaolin Kung Fu. In the evening we have a campfire together with the Kungfu students, with smores and games!


Day 5

Today you will teach the children of the kung fu school some “Touch Rugby”. Will then have a team lunch together before the afternoon match. We will finish the day with a mixed team match and invite the locals of the village to join and support. As a leaving gift students will give a rugby team shirt created prior to arrival for their Kungfu teammates! In the evening we will take the night train from Longmen Station to Shanghai.


Day 6

Arrive in Shanghai and transfer to school.

Departures Dates

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Learning Outcomes:

  • Action: Students will be hiking the Qinling mountains, practicing Kungfu, and teaching/playing sports to teach confidence in their physical abilities and the life-long value of keeping fit.
  • Creativity: Students will be working on Chinese Ink Art projects, canvas art, as well as helping to formulate Rugby plays for each other, incorporating cultural and sports learning into tangible products.
  • Bi-lateral service: In a service project unlike others, we push students to not just give to these Kungfu students but to take something from them. When the Kungfu students and our students exchange skills and knowledge we believe that it instills a very strong mutual respect, and the opportunity to make honest friends.


  • Accommodations will be in guesthouses typically in twin or dormitory housing to build communal living skills, interpersonal relationships with their classmates/teammates while at the same time introducing an outdoor “camping”-like feel to the entire stay.


  • All transportation within China, including all inner-city transfers. City transportation in private and fully insured coaches or occasionally public transport.
  • Transfers to other cities will either be through internal flights, fast trains and day trains, or overnight sleeper trains. The class of each transport is indicated in the itinerary.


  • All meals during your stay according to the itinerary.
  • Most meals will be local Chinese food and we try to choose a variety of different food in each city, as well as local specialties. We are flexible on the trip and have experience in ordering food for students. For trips longer than 7 days we will typically have at least 1 western fast food meal or similar alternative for lunch or dinner.
  • Breakfasts are typically western style.
  • Bottled drinking water is provided on the coach.


  • 1 Lead guide and 1 local guide in each location.
  • Groups of 15 students or more will have a leader throughout the trip and local guide in each location. Groups of less than 15 students will have local guides in each location and trains and flight transfers will be unguided.


  • All tickets to attractions listed on the itinerary.
  • All tips and charges are included in the costs.
  • Due to the nature of the times international flights depart China, the last day of the itinerary does not include activities.
  • If the departing flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, we can provide activities and meals during the day for a small additional charge.
  • Free places include all costs in China (food, accommodation, tickets etc.) but exclude international flights and visas.

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