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China Expats welcomes Cynthia Muak to our team of contributors. Cynthia offers a foreigner's view of China in the decades before and following 'Openness'. Much has changed since, and much has not; her experiences are extremely interesting and lead one to deeper understanding, and especially how these affected her life in Hong Kong.

Cynthia's 'Wonders of China' is now complete, and reflects China as expats know the country. These stories are very readable, a must for those interested in Chinese history and culture. 'Wonders Four', Compass, is an Expat's delight, what a laugh!

Jonno has not added new content for some time, due to publishing his books. He will return with several catch-up missives over summer 2016.

Kung Fu

Please see our new Kung Fu section here.

For those looking for genuine Kung Fu instruction in Foshan, Guangdong, China, China Expats are pleased to direct students to:

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This new Kung Fu Academy based in the heart of Foshan City, offers instruction in many forms of Chinese martial arts, including: Wushu, Shaolin, and Wing Chun.

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We are a free information provider, we do not run courses, we are not an agency. We do not actively promote any of companies, or get any reward for featuring them.

This is information ONLY! What you do with it is up to you...

Other Foshan Kung Fu schools, of which we have personally visited three. All offer traditional Wing Chun instruction, but are limited by being local clubs offering a few hours evening training, a couple of times per week. None offer fully inclusive packages.

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China Expats are not agents for any of the schools mentioned, we simply provide an information service, and our information is limited to what we discovered when we discovered it, and things may have changed since - especially prices or class schedules.

Shandong Kung Fu:

We list several good training schools in Shandong province, notably:

Shaolin Temple, Yantai, offers complete Kung Fu courses from 1 week to 5 years.

Learn Wing chun and other traditional Chinese Kung Fu disciplines in Kunyu mountain shaolin kung fu academy.

Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy, Rizhao, Shandong

Dragon Mountain Martial Arts Academy offers various martial arts such as Tai Chi, Qigong, Xing Yi, Wing Chun, Kickboxing, and of course, Shaolin Kung Fu, with the best masters and well-equipped facilities.

Middle Kingdom Traditional Kung Fu & Wellness School

We offer high quality, all-inclusive kung fu training to meet the needs of both Chinese and Westerners; those wanting to immerse themselves in traditional Kung Fu practice.

Yangshuo Kung Fu, Guilin, Guangxi Province:

There are numerous Kung Fu schools in Yangshuo, Guilin, that offer many disciplines of martial arts. Some are dedicated solely to Qi Gong or its modern offshoot Tai Chi. Others offer full instruction in many other forms, most notably Wing Chun, Shaolin, and Hun Gar. Guilin is one of the most picturesque parts of China, and Yangshuo is away from the city smog.


Foshan Kung Fu:

Learn Wing Chun style Kung Fu in Foshan

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The schools mentor is Gwok Fu, and it offers serious courses in Wing Chun style helped by other master's who help keep Ip Man's legacy alive and thriving in modern Foshan City.

Training is offered 6 days per week with two x 2 hour sessions per week, per course. We do not have current prices or class schedule, please arrange tuition with the club directly yourself.

Please contact the club directly at for latest prices and timetable.

You can also contact their English speaking receptionist, Mapershila:

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