Sunday, 7 December 2014

Recreation parks in China - Scream and shout or practise Tai Chi

Recreation parks in China – Tai Chi, calligraphy, Western dancing

Tai Chi practice in Chinese Parks                   Photo Credit: Rose Davies 



If you have been in the Middle Kingdom of Asia most probably you got flabbergasted by the vibrant and colorful mass that is flocking every day to get into the recreation parks. 

On particular time of the day (early in the morning and around late afternoon) there is Tai Chi practice. Tai Chi comes in many forms: 24-48 even 128, with sword or with traditional hand fan. Somehow, this martial art is different from the aggressive and power-driven Kong Fu you have watched in the movies. Yes, the basis is the same but here emphasis is put on the internal power and the soft energies. Which leads me to another interesting note – Chinese believe in qi – the universal power that pervades the whole universe. Whether you are a believer or not, the positive aspects of the smooth movements are scientifically proven to enhance your body strength and endurance. 

I was welcomed to join every time I asked to be part of the group (no need to stay on your head to prove your master you deserve). So in case you want to practice, have free time (and well you are a bit stingy and don’t want to spend money on private lesson) check out the exact time the show begins and join the club. 

Western dances – tango and cha cha are not rare among the Chinese adolescents nowadays. The next time you spend hefty sum to participate in a tango lesson think about it – in “communist” China it is for free in the recreation parks. 

Hacking like game. You remember when it was popular among the skaters and alternative cultures? After you see seniors absorbed by the game in China you might wonder where it came from originally. 

Kite is not reserved for the kids. In fact, you will see more adults doing this than excited kids. 

Some of the Chinese people write wise traditional proverbs on the ground with a big wet brush for calligraphy. Me, and every overseas visitor will ask the logical question what is the point? Once the watery marks dry they disappear. After having a second thought you will realize that has to do with the transient nature of the things and Buddhist idea of ever flowing change.

Chengdu Renmin Park, China                                  Photo Credit: Dani

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