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Shaolin, Wudang to present Kungfu shows at Shanghai World Expo

Post by yusuf on Fri Oct 30, 2009 1:13 pm

The Shanghai World Expo, with the theme of "Better City, Better Life," will be held from May 1 to Oct. 31 next year and is expected to attract 70 million visitors.

"In Kungfu shows, Shaolin monks will carry out exchanges with spectators and teach them face-to-face some ways to strengthen their bodies and preserve a good health," Shi said.

"Monks will also perform the famous 'Shaolin 72 stunts' that are exclusive to Shaolin Kungfu, such as the forefinger deep meditation stunt and the iron cloth stunt," he said.

For Wudang, which is well-known for being a holy land of Taoism and its "Taijiquan," a kind of traditional Chinese shadow boxing, the Taoists have themselves produced a 30-minute Kungfu show "Wudang: Taiji Taoism."

From next July to September, the Wudang Taoists will present a total of 276 Kungfu shows, about three per day, Li said.

"It will be the first time for the Taoist culture, which advocates the idea of harmony, to appear at the World Expo. I hope through the Wudang Kungfu, we can present the world the traditional harmonious Chinese culture," he said.

"In addition to shows of unique Wudang Kungfu, we will demonstrate different ways of traditional Wudang's tactical deployment of troops," he said.

According to Shi and Li, Shaolin will dispatch 50 to 80 monks to attend the World Expo for Kungfu performances, while Wudang will send about 60 Taoists. Many of them are good at not only martial arts, but also speaking English.

When asked whether Shaolin monks and Wudang Taoists will hold a martial arts contest on stage during the Expo, Shi told Xinhua: "That needs the overall arrangement of the organizers."

While Li said: "Since the Oriental culture and the Western culture can have exchanges, so it is absolutely OK for different schools of traditional Chinese martial arts to do so."

"Let nature take its course, as we Taoists believe," he added.

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