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Shaolin masters to train tourists and locals in camps


For the first time in Hong Kong, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) will organise two International Shaolin Martial Art Training Camps specially intended for overseas tourists.

The residential camps will be held at the YMCA Wu Kwai Sha Youth Village from August 11 to 15 and from August 18 to 22.

The camps belong to a series of Shaolin wushu activities organised by the LCSD, the Hong Kong Culture Association and the Songshan Shaolin Temple, as part of the Government's Relaunch Hong Kong campaign.

"Shaolin monks will conduct intensive wushu training for participants and share with them the rich history and philosophy of Shaolin during conversation sessions," a spokesman for the LCSD said.

"English-speaking interpreters will be on hand," he added.

Overseas tourists aged 12 or above are welcome to take part in this stimulating programme. Each camp will accommodate 100 participants. The fee is US$120 (HK$900) per person.

For enrolment details, please contact the Hong Kong Culture Association at (852)2503 6031, (852)2503 6099 or (852)2503 6029, or visit its website at

A separate Shaolin wushu training programme will be organised for local residents.

Enrolment is already underway for five Shaolin wushu training camps for locals. The programme can accommodate about 800 Hong Kong residents aged 9 to 25.

These three-day residential camps will be held at Lady MacLehose Holiday Village, Sai Kung Outdoor Recreation Centre and Tso Kung Tam Outdoor Recreation Centre between July 22 and August 3.

Application forms are available at the camp sites and LCSD District Leisure Services Offices. For further details, please contact the three camp sites at 2792 6430, 2792 3828 and 2415 6812 respectively, or visit the LCSD website at

The four Shaolin Martial Art Performances scheduled for July 5 to July 7 are already fully booked, testimony to the public's enduring fascination with the Shaolin legend.

End/ Friday, June 20, 2003

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