Friday 30 Nov, 2007

Survivor visits Shaolin

Survivors on the hit reality TV show finally got to do some sightseeing in China on last night’s episode of Survivor: China.

Claiming to be the first full American television series filmed entirely in China, this season of Survivor hasn’t been that much different than the previous 14. Sure, they gave the tribes copies of Sun Tzu’s The Art of War and began the season with a welcoming ceremony in a Buddhist temple. But otherwise, it was just the same old backstabbing and routine voting people off.

Until last night, when we actually got to see a bit of China.

In a reward challenge testing knowledge of China, three contestants earned a trip to the 1,500-year-old Shaolin Temple,
the renowned home of kung fu and zen. The contestants were
treated to an amazing kung fu demonstration by the monks. (Was it just
me or did one of the monks look like he was breakdancing?) Then they
enjoyed a kung fu lesson with some children, and one of the
contestants, Denise (a school lunch lady from Douglas, Mass.), even showed off some of her karate moves to the instructor.

The reward was among the best Survivor has ever awarded, and it was a great (but brief) glimpse at one of China’s true gems.

For more details on last night’s episode (warning: spoilers ahead), click here and here.