of the month of September I was in China. It was a very interesting
time full of different experiences. I did not travel very well and
managed to come down with a tummy bug that lasted for 3 days and then a
few days to recover.
Then the msg (both synthetic and naturally occurring certainly was difficult to deal with)!
Tai Chi in Bei Dai He
was excellent and we were really honoured to be ‘received’ into the
family. There were many unique moments and doing Tai Chi with people
from all around the world was one of them..
Here is a little montage of photos from the trip.
Two masters, One Champion and one Future Champion.
Pre Wedding Photos
Whilst we were there we were witness to a very interesting cultural
practice – pre-wedding photos. We had a room that overlooked the board walk and several times a day would look out the window to see
people sitting, standing or squatting on the board walk. They were
dressed in finery – which we eventually decoded as wedding garb. The
curious thing was the girls would lift their long trailing skirts and
reveal jeans and sneakers underneath!
When we walked on the beach we saw all these peculiar props. One
stroll we saw what they were for – they were the props for these
pre-wedding photos. We did think that there were a great deal of
people getting married and there did not seem to be that many people in
the wedding party.
One day watching CNN whilst lying in bed nursing my tummy I found
out what they were. They are a reaction to the previous very
restrictive marriage laws and institutions of the past. Now young
people have pre-wedding photos and they are a signal to the society
that they are now ‘an item’ or in our parlance living together.
10 years ago!
One day we got a call from our friend and Tai Chi Master to turn on
the TV. There on the television was our sadly deceased friend Margaret
Young on one of her trips to Beijing in about 1999 doing the shortened
Wu sword form. Way too bizarre – go to China to see your friend (who died about 4 years ago) doing
a Tai Chi demo!
We gave gifts on the last day and were very happy with the extreme
pleasure they gave. We gave books, calendars and a carved piece of
serpentine and stichtite which had been dug up in Tasmania, sent to
China to be carved and then returned to Tasmania, we then took it back
to China! Well travelled rock – lets not even think about the carbon
footprint of that little number. Sadly our days by the sea ended and
we were off to Beijing.
More about that in the next post.
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