This couldn't diffuse our excitement however, and we settled in for a few days about 200 metres from the Shaolin Temple. I am a relatively late-comer to the joys of "Kung Fu" featuring David Carradine (thanks Husband for my 'education' earlier this year!), but for those of you well versed in this series from back in the day, we went to see where Grasshopper learned and lived, and to see if we could meet some enlightened monks and find out what it's all about. What we mainly encountered however, was hundreds (or thousands?) of other tourists and scorching hot weather, with a few mini Grasshoppers and a few bonafide monks around too. We did however, meet this monk outside the temple's grounds, who we think may be one of the dudes in charge? Either way, he seemed pretty chilled and enlightened to me:
Another run in this province was had near the oldest/first Buddhist temple in China: the White Horse Temple, or Baimasi. This was a great run, past veggie fields, the temple, and the very relaxed neighbourhood nearby where we were staying.
I only had two runs in this province, and days-wise could have had more. However, the heat was intense here. 'Hot' would be the key word for Henan, with 'dusty' coming a close second.
The people was lovely here (around Longyou, the Longmen Caves, and the White Horse Temple), very friendly (with the definite exception of near and around the Shaolin Temple, where people were very Unfriendly for some reason) after they got over their initial surprise of seeing two laowei, a puppy, and a caravan roll into their neighbourhood.
After our last stop in Henan of the White Horse Temple Town (Baimasizhen), we continued on to Shaanxi province, Whitney singing out loudly and proudly and with each favourable song on repeat (then repeat, repeat, repeat again).
Did you used to watch Kung Fu?
Do you know if there is a name for some sort of condition where somebody plays the same song over and over again for hours?? OCD or something else??