Life at the Academy
There is full program during the weekdays with training most of the day. Complete schedule can be seen in the section about training. There is a long lunch break each day where students can either take a nap or walk to the nearby village/market to buy groceries.
The weekends are off and can be used for relaxing, shopping and to explore the nearby nature areas or cities.
It is possible to take a weekend trip with one overnight stay for trips further away but it is not recommended to do often, your body will need rest in the weekends after a hard week of training. Overnight trips has to be approved by The academy and organized in good time.
Chinese national holidays
On national holidays there is often no training and it is recommended that the students take the time to relax or to explore China, the academy can help with booking of tickets. If several short term students are at the academy during national holidays an adjusted training schedule will be made so they do not miss out on training. During national holidays and western Christmas the academy will provide a feast and celebrate with the students.
Around the area
Xinyi City is where students go most Saturdays to relax and stock up on necessities. The bus leaves a 15-20 minutes walk from the school every 1,5 hour and costs 5 yuan (less than a $/€). For the home trip with groceries a taxi is recommended, most students split the 50 yuan bill for that.
In the city students spend their time eating food, also western food can be found, getting a massage, playing pool, shopping and going to the supermarket, everything within walking distance from each other.
The city is also the nearest place with an ATM for taking out cash.
The city has 1 mill inhabitants but is considered a very small town in Chinese standards.
The city also contains a train station with connection to Xuzhou and is located about 50km away from both Lianyungang Baitabi Airport and Xuzhou Guanyin Airport
Xuzhou is the nearest bigger city to the school. It is situated in the northwest of Jiangsu and is one of the most well-known Chinese transportation hubs. Two of China’s most important rail lines, Beijing-Shanghai that runs north-south direction, and Lianyungang-Urumqi that goes from east to west, meet in Xuzhou. This means that it is very easy to get to the city and thereby the school. The students some time take a day trip to Xuzhou to explorer the city and see something else than Xinyi. The trip to the city from the school takes approximately 3 hours, an overnight trip is also possible. From Xuzhou it takes 2,5 hours to get to Shanghai and 3 hours to get to Beijing on the fast trains.
With a history of 2,600 years, Xuzhou is a historical city with critical strategic importance from military views. It is known as a notable battlefield in China’s history, from ancient dynasties to modern republics. More than two hundred famous battles have been fought on this land and total forces engaged in both military sides in each battle reached between 10,000 to one million in order to control the area.
The natural beauty of Xuzhou mixes the character from both the North and South of China. The old Yellow River flows through the city by which the Grand Canal passes. Surrounding the city are the green hills and bodies of water connecting the whole city and forming the special sceneries. The enriched cultural soil and natural scenery makes Xuzhou an apparent spot for tourists.
The mountain, or hill park is about 20 minutes away from the academy by tuck-tuck, a small 3-wheeled taxi and is a must see for all students coming here to train Kungfu.
In ancient times, Maling Mountain was known as Siwu Mountain, which is composed of Fengshan Hill, Doushan Hill, Tiger Hill, Nanna Hill and Daylily Range. That’s why local people also call it the Five-Sister Mountain. Although the mountain is not very high, rows of hills cover each other and present a kind of mysterious beauty. People regard this area as the best scenery of northern Jiangsu and the mountain’s elegance and grandeur are well-known in the whole region. Qianlong Emperor of Qing Dynasty made six tours to south China and paid a visit to this mountain three times. He wrote down several lines of poetry to praise the magnificent beauty of Maling Mountain.
More recently, our ancestors called this mountain Ling Mountain or Maling Mountain. It is a low upland located on the northern Jiangsu Province, to the south of Shandong Province. The mountain originates from Cao Village in Linshu County, wanders hundreds kilometers through Tancheng County, Donghai County, and Xinyi City and reaches Luoma Lake in Suqian City as its final destination. This spot enjoys picturesque scenery with birds singing and flowers radiating their fragrance. There is ample natural and cultural scenery here and countless scenic spots of historical significance. Examples are the Sanxian Cave, Sanzhen Grotto, Dragon Stage, Quanchaolv Yard, Buddhist Hall, clear dawning in Siwu Mountain, Dragon spring rainfall, Imperial Academy Tomb, Qianlong Emperor Xanadu and the site of ancient Siwu State.