life at the martial arts school
(1) Weekends and free time
During the week, there are breaks in the day between training sessions. Our students often take advantage of this time for resting or do some personal things, such as meditating, reading, going for a walk or listening to music etc. At times, they can play chess by themselves or with our teachers.
On the weekends, there is no formal training, so students can get their own free time. Permitted by our masters, they can leave school to visit places neat by. For example, our students can visit Chinese villages, climb Mountain Taizu. If they want to visit some famous interests, they may also ask for a period of holiday.
(2) What to bring.
For training, our students had better bring loose trousers or shorts. I n summer, T-shirt is fine, in winter, bring some over-clothes or track suit to wear. It may be a good idea to bring a pair of running shoes for jogging and stamina training. For regular training, our students usually wear a type of thin-sole trainers that can be bought easily after arriving.
If our students would like to bring some electric equipment, they’d better bring power adapter so as to avoid powering off. We have power sockets in room for using.
If our students like learning Chinese of want to practice the Chinese that they have learned, they can bring a mandarin book for personal study.
In regular training, perhaps our students will get hurt, so bring a basic medical bag and some other special items from their home may be better, because what they want may be not available near the school.
(3)Telephone, mail and Internet
There is a connected computers and a telephone in ther office. Our students can chick their e-mails on Internet, receive their parents’ call through telephone.
(4)Currency and bank
Using a card, our students can take out money by ATM's at the Bank of China. Cash can also be sent to a foreign country through Western Union. Traveler's cheques can be cashed at a bank such as the Bank of China but may take a little while to process. Food and accommodation is included in costs of the school except snacks and water, travel and shopping so it is not necessary to spend much extra money while training. But our students are easy to find that food and many other things are much cheaper in China than in their home country.
There are no required vaccinations in China, but if the students come from an infected area, like the Yellow Fever vaccination, they are an exception. It is best to consult a travel clinic in advance if you want to have vaccinations such as the Hepatitis A vaccine.
In China, local clinics and hospitals are well-equipped. There are many western, Chinese and combined medicines. In medical bag, it may be better to have things like sunscreen, insect repellant, band aids, some cream or ointment for cuts and bruises, something for an upset stomach or nausea, some prescriptions or allergic medicines and multi-vitamins.
Visitors are not recommended to drink unboiled water in China. For training, students either fills up their bottle with pre-boiled water that taken from the school's hot water machine or buy boxes of bottled water.