How is the life learning Taichi in a remote village in China?

Paul who went to spend 3 months in a remote village in China (no public transportation from the nearest town) has returned to the UK for the summer. “I want to save enough money, then go back to China as soon as possible.” He told me when I asked him when he wants to go again.
Here are his photos and some lines about what they are. Enjoy!

Here are some photo highlights of my trip to 陈家沟.

breakfast – Very sleepy; waiting for breakfast with my friend Roza and Master Yan (严华锋).

famous-school – The main street in the village. The big traditional building is the famous school run by 陈小星 and his son 陈自强.

gou – A small oasis hidden in the village. I believe this is the gou for which 陈家沟 is named. It is very peaceful and many people come here to practise their Taiji.

master-zheng – A few of us posing with our teacher Master Zheng (郑赢泉).

museum – The view from the top of the Taiji museum.

sign – Chen Bing’s (陈炳) school, where I lived and studied, at the entrance to the village.

sword – Some late sword practise in the training hall on my last night in the village.

wen-xian – Walking in Wenxian (温县), the nearest town, with my friend Roza and one of the coaches from the school (孙雨珩) on our day off.

breakfast famous-school gou master-zheng museum sign sword wen-xian


Chinese Premier Li Visits the UK

As you are probably aware the Chinese Premier is now visiting the UK. Premier Li Keqiang is in the UK for 3 days. Exciting news includes the Home Office announced a new visa service, to be offered to all Chinese visitors to the UK. Business visitors and tourists will be able to use a single application for their visas for Britain as well as for a Schengen visa, which allows access to 26 European countries. Mr Li, who is accompanied by a large business delegation, is expected to formally agree commercial deals and investments worth up to £18bn in areas such as energy and finance. Premier Li is visiting the UK as part of a tour of European countries.

We hope this visit will enhence the good relationship between the two countires. Here are some reports and articles about this visits:

1) Yuan deal of ‘critical importance’ — BBC

2)Miliband meets Chinese Premier Li Keqiang — BBC

3)Chinese premier on three day UK visit — The Telegraph

4) Queen and David Cameron welcome Chinese premier to Britain — The Telegraph


Happy Dragon Boat Festival (Duānwǔ Jié)!

The Dragon Boat Festival, Or in Chinese: Duānwǔ Jié–meaning Double Fifth, is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). The festival occurs on the fifth day of the fifth month on the Chinese lunar calendar. Customs for duan wu vary from different places in China, however people usually eat rice dumplings (zongzi), drink realgar wine (xionghuangjiu), and race dragon boats. 

Well-known stories related to Duānwǔ Jié include:

1. Scholar Qu Yuan

2. Legend of The White Snake

3. Wu Zixu