There is a lot of life that surrounds the Chinese Kung Fu scene. Films, TV shows, comic books, pop-art, weapons, theatre etc. In fact Kung Fu is the general word for pretty much any type of martial art originating from China. With all the buzz it’s difficult to tell the face from the real.. or even understand, what is Kung Fu?!
It is evident that in modern days the majority of martial arts practitioners are motivated by money. Especially in China, people yet cannot afford to have such time consuming hobbies so even being able to combine your work with your hobby is quite an achievement.
But unfortunately these kinds of money orientated motivations are far from the origins of Kung Fu. Modern styles that at best make it until the movie theater screen of course look spectacular. However it’s because they are made to look so on purpose.
Kung Fu in it’s ancient form is filled with purpose that is purposeful. Meaning that every move has a meaning, a function and it’s the most direct route to mastering an art of combat. When one starts adding non purposeful movements the original purpose is lost.
There is one theater however where the traditions have retained as much as possible while bringing a real Kung Fu spectacle that’s both purposeful and entertaining. The show at the Red Theatre in Beijing is a prime example of a classic Kung Fu story. It covers real issues about growing up and mastering ones mind and body through the art of Kung Fu. Of course some glamour has been added to bring the show into spectacle form, such as smashing of bricks and lying on top of nail mattresses. Yet the show has kept a strong traditional flavor that is respected by real Kung Fu lowers around the world.
It’s good to remember that the performers are not real Shaolin Monks, but they are highly skillful martial artists that are trained for the performance. Having shaved their heads as monks, the respect for historical facts is deep and is well reflected in the show.
China has a lot of cities.. with huge populations. But with so many cities not everyone has even heard of them despite their huge population. To teach or refresh everyones memories, here is a list of the biggest cities in China. Ordered by population.
Nr. 1: Beijing
Nr. 2: Shanghai
Nr. 3: Chongqing
Nr. 4: Tianjin City
How many did you get right?
We thought we should lighten up a little bit and do something fun. So the team at China Mogul headed down to the famous Legend of Jinsha acrobatic show. According to the show webpage it has been running for already 10 years straight!
What we discovered, was that the acrobatic scene had dramatically changed since any of us had been to one. While there were some negative changes mostly the impression was positive.
It’s obvious that westernization has entered the stage and this brought a totally new vibe to the performance. This brings some of that “spectacle essence” that traditional chinese performance has been lacking off. Luckily not all is modernized as all the most classic stunts such have remained as it is. All in all the Workers Club in Beijing did give out an amazing performance.. and it all finished nicely with a crazy motorcycle stunt plus a standing ovation!
What we would have liked to see more, is a better fusion of the classic and modern. Sometimes between the stunts the change was not fluent and we we’re left wondering what is the story of the show. But at the end of the night, with acrobatics you are not there to see a play but amazing tricks that leave you stunned. This wall well achieved over the intense one hour that we experienced!
Also we managed to snap a few amazing photos from the acrobatic show.. Legend of Jinsha is a true gem in the Beijing nightlife scene!
It has become evident that through the increased use of the Internet, the Chinese people have started to seek a larger view of the world. Yet indeed the ongoing discussion on internet news medias and social platforms has raised awareness and engaged the population in discussion.
However the vast majority still take inadequate protective measures against the pollution. Sadly the most vulnerable, children and the elderly are subjected to most harm.
But not only Beijing is covered in smog but so are the minds of the people who have taken a collective choice just move on. How much will it take for individualism to blossom is yet to be seen.
Such is the collective smog in Beijing that has ascended the city. The big question is, what can the ordinary man and woman do to help the situation? If you have any positive suggestions, please leave them in the comments section.
What is it about Beijing that continues to attract visitors? Obviously tourists are somewhat aware of the problems that doom & gloom the city, such as pollution. Those who are on business or study cannot afford to choose their dates carefully, however during the spring and autumn season tourists come in huge quantities knowing their changes of a clear day with a blue sky!
There are many destinations around the world with blue skies all around the year but Beijing has something mystic and truly original about it that continues to attract it’s visitors. Despite the fame of the capital city of China, many might not even know what really awaits for them there. It is a certain kind of pull towards the life there that might not be easy to explain in words.
Speaking of words however, to experience the true fun of the city, Chinese language will come in handy. While it’s possible and highly recommended to do a few Chinese courses before setting afoot, an interpreter will come in extremely handy.
China is full of tour guides who are working more or less independently to bring a service that’s on a very personal level. For such it is unique to China that so many people, especially the young are extremely eager to learn English, meet foreigners.. and what not better job for this is the job of a tour guide.
One good example is May Tours, which is a collective of such tour guides that like to keep their independence. This gives them a change to enjoy their work and ultimately promoting to the enjoyment of the customers visit! Using bigger tour companies is just not worth it…
These bigger companies pay extremely low wages to the guides and might even be more expensive than a regular private tour guide in Beijing. Don’t trust anyone however, check out the reviews and comments previous clients have left!
Please enjoy your stay in Beijing and remember these useful tips. Xie Xie!
Shanghai is known for it’s close proximity to the sea. Yes, there is a huge port industry buzzing near by, yes there is a coastline very close to the city. However no one really ever hears about anything that’s going on over there!
The reason is simple. It’s the fault of the pollution overshadowing the beautiful climate of the city. Once you are inside the city limits, one can feel the air blowing from the sea which is quite pleasant. But what happens if one decides to venture to a nearby beach perhaps. Well, one might be very surprised of the outcome.
Just like Beijing, or pretty much anywhere else in the northern hemisphere of China, the air quality is more or less bad. So even though the cool sea breeze might help to clean out some of the air pollutants, it is clear that the government has yet to find a viable solution to the problem.
When you approach the Shanghai coastline, one might wonder where the hemisphere is. Well, it is often now visible because of the thick smog. As for swimming, mostly it is out of the question since the water is muddy and dirty with pollutants of all kinds. Therefore tourists tend to ignore the fact that Shanghai is right next to something that could be a beautiful coast line.
Locals however are more indeed of refreshing moments and have approached to dams as a solution. By isolating an area of the coast line and using advanced water filter technology, the people of Shanghai have been able to create artificial beaches. What’s surprising however, is that people still prefer not to swim there, neither to take sun since there are only local Chinese!
Pandas have been a long discussed subject, especially when it comes to newborn cubs that are so incredibly cute! But why, what is really the fuzz about these cute little cuddly things. The truth is a bit less fuzzy as portrayed by the media.
The fact is that pandas are rather difficult to reproduce, as in mating. In fact pandas would have long been extinct without the help of humans due to their picciness in sexual tendencies. So despite the horrifid portrayed picture of humans horribly endangering the existance of pandas, it could be said that it is simply a natural evolution of the species on this earth for non-competitive animals to become extinct. Such is the acase of the cuddly panda.
To get them to mate, one must create a very romantic mood or setting that will encourage them to have sex. Dispite this, even after having sex it is not sure if they will produce any healthy offsprings. Despite having a newly born panda it is still very unsure if they will live or not.
Another interesting fact that even though everyone wants to touch them it is crucially important that one doesn’t. It can be possible that the mother rejects the cubs after being infected with the smell of humans. It’s a cruel world, but visiting the Beijing Zoo there is one fact that no one can deny. They are extremely cute!
It was fun while it lasted but..
Instead of competing with some of the great, different news sites on the web China Mogul has decided to venture into a more of a blog-type news source. This means that instead of posting links to different interesting news articles on the web, we will discus some of the interesting topics ourselves instead!
Great news for those who are interested in, let’s say something more. After years and years of experience we have gathered some insight into Chinese and Asian culture, so it is well time to share it with everyone. Not just serious articles but also we intend to entertain you with some more, amusing stuff! So stay tuned as we will slowly slowly develop this new concept into a blossoming beauty.
The famous touristic Beijing Opera venue Liyuan Theatre has renewed it’s repertoire to include The Crossroads, Autumn River and Stealing Immortal Herbs. They intend to bring the most classic moments in the history of Chinese opera to visitors from all over the world. The theatre has operated since 1990 and ever since has hosted the famous Beijing Opera performance on a daily basis.
It was pretty depressing when 63.5m Facebook and 35.5m Twitter users were reported in China as this would be a really nice sign of change… The moment the masses divert their own free will to a non-governmental alternative, it is very difficult to take it back from the people. Take taxes for example, it is far safer to create new ways for “taxation” and government profit. If within the current system you would take away the proud right of no to pay taxes. It would be an outrage and smaller companies would feel strangled, especially sense the problem is elsewhere. Much easier to throw in a apartment property tax of 20% for example which has a bunch of other more justifiable benefits.
The social media blockage since 1999 makes estimating figures rather challenging and besides, if there would be so many users of these banned platforms wouldn’t we already be hearing about it. Despite the prevention mechanisms the Chinese people are connected with the rest of the world just like everyone else. Better yet, they love to talk..!
What can be noticed is another type of revolución which has already happened. Which might have been left a little unnoticed by the government. In a country where government policies are simply forced upon its people, prevention of powerful forces that could do the same are in effect. That is the reason why giving even government controlled social media, isn’t such a brilliant idea. Yes, they can and will block whoever comes out aggressively and in such an imposed world there are plenty of those frustrated people. But the one who simply sets an example of himself, without imposing on any views is the one who has the power to give the opportunity for others to realize something for themselves. The most dangerous idea is the one that has been thought of the individual himself.