Early finish to term 3 Karate Kids Classes with the last class today. The schedule of all classes is suspended for a week as I am travelling to Hangzhou China for more Tai Chi training with Teacher Liu.
All classes resume with the usual schedule on Thursday 22 September with Term 4 Karate Kids kicking off Tuesday 4 October as Monday the 3rd is a public holiday.
Made a new friend last night and he insisted we go meet his friend the Head Boxing Coach at the Zhejiang College of Sports. The college is a bit like QAS on a much bigger scale. Sports there include most Olympic events and Wushu. From 5 years old, athletes live, train and do their schooling on site, going home only for New Year with their families. In the Power Training area athletes from a range of sports were training. The Wushu area was next where teams were practicing Tai Chi and met the Coach. Demonstrations of forms were exchanged and the Coach offered some advice.
We had Tea in the Boxing Coach’s apartment (photo taken from balcony) the feasted at a nearby restaurant. Returning to the city, the afternoon was spent drinking tea and chatting, enjoying the casual relaxed lifestyle of Hangzhou locals.
Westlake Museum has a model of the entire Westlake Scenic Area. You can see just how much natural environment the is in this beautiful city. There is also a photographic history of Hangzhou, from late 19th Century to early 21st Century. This may be a temporary exhibition following a theme, or not? The content of the photographs is dominated by military images, and prisoners in bondage. Unable to read the narrative I was unable to tell if the exhibition celebrated the captives or the captors, The prisoners did not look distressed. There are also many images of carefree, happy people.
Perfect morning for early Tai Chi practice at Westlake, coolish with a light breeze. Day two of the National Holiday is nearly as busy as yesterday, prompting avoidance of tourist attractions. The day was spent exploring an old area south of the railway station. Unusually there was much renovation of old buildings to be seed, rather than the usual large scale redevelopment. Excellent spicy fried noodles for lunch @ $1.50.
The picture shows some 3 level roads and is taken from a pedestrian overpass which is above a traffic overpass.