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Saturday, 21 September 2013 14:29 by

A hot sunny day meant hats were the must have accessory as we explored Hefang St with it's market stalls and Time Honored Brand shops. Longquan Swords, the Tai Chi Tea House and Bronze Museum are always favourites. A good orientation before the big crowds that gather in the evening.
A few streets away from the tourist hub we had chicken noodle soup for lunch cooked to order in clay bowls. We took refuge from the heat of the afternoon in our aircon rooms and caught some entertainment on TV including some kung fu drama and The Voice of China.
Back at Hefang St for the evening with jostling crowds of domestic tourists we went to a street food market at the Drum Gate. A collection of 2m tall statues of Chinese Horoscope characters let us discover Kieran was born in he year of the pig.
In the late evening any open public spaces were filled with locals massed dancing. The biggest group we saw was easily 1000 people at the foot of the small mountain where an illuminated pagoda overlooks the city.
Lift to look and reach to touch and repeat until all directions are explored.

Jade Lady Shuttles

Saturday, 21 September 2013 14:29 by

A hot sunny day meant hats were the must have accessory as we explored Hefang St with it's market stalls and Time Honored Brand shops. Longquan Swords, the Tai Chi Tea House and Bronze Museum are always favourites. A good orientation before the big crowds that gather in the evening.
A few streets away from the tourist hub we had chicken noodle soup for lunch cooked to order in clay bowls. We took refuge from the heat of the afternoon in our aircon rooms and caught some entertainment on TV including some kung fu drama and The Voice of China.
Back at Hefang St for the evening with jostling crowds of domestic tourists we went to a street food market at the Drum Gate. A collection of 2m tall statues of Chinese Horoscope characters let us discover Kieran was born in he year of the pig.
In the late evening any open public spaces were filled with locals massed dancing. The biggest group we saw was easily 1000 people at the foot of the small mountain where an illuminated pagoda overlooks the city.
Lift to look and reach to touch and repeat until all directions are explored.

Prepare Potential

Friday, 20 September 2013 11:49 by

 

The morning is balmy and the surrounds of Westlake are beautiful in the morning sun. 20 plus hours in transit yesterday and we arrived in Hangzhou at 11 pm local time, tired and a little disoriented.
Kieran had a local sim in his phone so we used the map function to find our way to the hotel. Gave up on trying to catch a cab after a couple of attempts and decided to leg it. It was further than it looked on the map and quite warm and humid, but without rushing we had checked in to the hotel and gone next door for a well earned pint of Tsing Tao by midnight.
Rooms are comfy and clean and sleep was easy after a long day - until Kieran's alarm went off at 3 am!
While the others are still sleeping I went to west lake and did some practice and took in the atmosphere. Many now familiar faces in their usual places practicing all forms of Tai Chi and gentle exercise around the lake.
Looking forward to a relaxed couple of days as a tourist before starting our retreat.
Take a breath, relax the body, allow the energy to settle into one point at the centre.

 

Hangzhou here we come

Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:57 by

Departure day 19th September is rapidly approaching. Everything is ready for us in Hangzhou. 

In addition to our intensive Tai Chi training program, Master Li has organised a get together with his Hangzhou Disciples for September 28th. 

There will also be exchange of Tai Chi with Zhou Rongfu, Chairman of the Zhejiang Sports Commission. 

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Hello and Goodbye

Friday, 12 April 2013 09:43 by

Rene De Greef was initiated as a 7th Generation Yang Tai Chi Disciple along with three more of Master Li's students. The initiation is very formal and based in ancient Chinese culture. A cup of tea is offered to the Sifu, and by accepting the tea, the Sifu accepts the student as a Disciple.
After the ceremony there were demonstrations of the short form, sword form and pushing hands. Gifts were exchanged between the Australian discilples and the chinese disciples and we had opportunity to chat via interpreters. Having met our new brothers and sisters we said our goodbyes and and begin our journey home.

Grandmaster Meng Xianming

Thursday, 11 April 2013 19:32 by

Our last training session this morning was conducted by Meng Xianming, Sifu to Master Paul Li and lineage holder of Niu Chunming Tai Chi. It started with an assessment of progress with demonstrations of the short form and sword form and pushing hands, then developed into a workshop on rooting to the ground and projecting Chi.
Pushing hands with Meng was interesting, as he moved little but controlled everything. A different feel to all the other Masters i encountered this week.
Later we went to lunch which was a feast sampling the traditional cuisine of Hangzhou.

World Tai Chi Day

Stephen Ramsdale Monday, 01 May 2017 15:16

World Tai Chi Day - 10 am, last Saturday of April every year.

Thanks to everyone who came out to play on Saturday either for the early class, later at Happy Valley or both. it was perfect weather for some outdoor Tai Chi in this paradise we call Caloundra.

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