Practice Shaolin Five-Form Fist under the Big Buddha

Practice Shaolin Five-Form Fist under the Big Buddha

Learn kung fu with Shaolin and Wu Dang masters at Ngong Ping Village on Hong Kong's Lantau Island

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Learn kung fu from the masters of Shaolin and Wu Dang-style martial arts against a backdrop of the world's tallest seated outdoor bronze Buddha.

From July 1 to September 2, some 19 kung fu experts will jump, fly, kick and shadow-fist their way around the square at Ngong Ping Village, a complex of shops and restaurants adjacent to Lantau's Tian Tan Buddha Statue.

Demonstrations of killer moves that you'll otherwise only see in movies will take place throughout the afternoon. Watch out for the Shield and Knife, the Celestial Fuchen-brush Sword and the Eighteen Weapons Routine.

There will also be free 15-minute kung fu workshops at the square for acquiring the basics of Chinese martial arts. The Shaolin Five-Form Fist and the Wu Dang Foundation Fist Form will be taught to budding fighters who have registered in advance.

A Shaolin kung fu summer camp is also open for registration. The two-day schedule will give campers a taste of the life of kung fu masters with an early-morning hike, meditation, chores and kung fu practice sessions. The camp will be held primarily in Cantonese.

Getting there: Ngong Ping Village, Monday Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. See www.np360.com.hk for details on the various ways of reaching Ngong Ping 360 on Lantau Island. 

See the schedule of kung fu performances at www.np360.com.hk and register for workshops by calling +852 3666 0606.

Shaolin kung fu summer camp will be held on July 27-28, August 3-4 for children aged 6-11, HK$800; August 24-25 for over-12s, HK$850. Deadline for registration is June 30. Call +852 3666 0666/ 0123 or email edu@360.com.hk to register. 

After traveling around the world on a fistful of dollars, Zoe returns to Hong Kong, where she grew up, to discover and write about all the inspiring stuff that happens here on a daily basis.

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