Entrance to Shaolin
Entrance ticket for tourists costs about 200 yuan.
Master Shi Yanchen with the students usually visits Shifu Shi Yong Qian in his cell at the monastery. They come for an audience early in the morning by car. The entrance will be free of charge, when accompanied by the master. You will be able to take beautiful pictures of Shaolin when there are no crowds of tourists yet.
Everyone who comes to China for the first time is amazed at a variety of traditions and sometimes strange actions of others.
Pay attention to unclear or surprising actions and the locals’ reactions. Feel free to ask the master and senior students about their reasons. The more you learn about China, the more you will be able to understand the philosophy of Kung Fu.
Why do students give presents to the master?
China is an eastern country where it is a tradition to give presents to loved ones. You will meet many interesting and respected people during your trip and probably would like to leave something in Shaolin in recognition. A kung fu master becomes more than just a teacher for you. You will always remember your master and rely on the knowledge gained from him. Small gifts and national souvenirs will always be appropriate.