WuWeiSi (无为寺) is located about 12km Northwest of Dali Old Town. It is a popular place for learning Kung Fu or Tai Chi.
Cost: 500RMB per week (which includes dorm accommodation, vegetarian food and lessons).
The cost is non-refundable and non-negotiable. Therefore if you want to stay only one day it will still cost 500RMB.
Lesson times: Saturday-Wednesday: 7:00am-8:00am, 9:00am-Midday, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Thursday: 7:00am-8:00am, 9:00am-Midday, no afternoon lesson
Friday: No lessons
Bookings: Not necessary. Just turn up.
Friday early evening is the best time to arrive to be ready for lessons on Saturday morning. That said, it is still possible to arrive on any day except Thursday.
Most guests at the monastery return to Dali Old Town on Thursday afternoon and go back on Friday early evening if they want to extend their lessons or need to finish a full week of tuition.
It is recommended to get a taxi to the monastery if you haven’t been there before, as it is quite difficult to find. Cost for the taxi is around 50rmb. Alternatively you can walk to the highway and hail a taxi (price will be about the same). On Fridays it is common to find other people going to the monastery in the afternoon or early evening to share the costs.
There is very limited electricity (for charging phones and the kitchen mainly). There is limited hot water as well – a “cauldron” allows you to splash some hot water over yourself to shave, wash hair or freshen up.
Suggested additional items to bring:
Light comfortable shoes
A sleeping bag
(Guests who have just returned, please suggest anything else that would have been of use).