Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beijing - Acrobatic Show & Chun Yi, the Legend of Kung Fu

Event date: 4th & 5th December 2006

Below photo is the end part of China top ranking world performance "Legend of Kung Fu, Chun Yi" in Beijing theatre hall. We managed to get a good discount by the local agent for our group to watch the performance at last minute, on our second day third night in Beijing.  

I wish to share here the synopsis of the show. The story begins when the young Chun Yi is brought by his mother to the temple to start his apprenticeship to become a monk. At first he finds it difficult to adapt to the strict discipline. Under the tutelage of the wise Master, the boy realises if he resists temptation and distraction he will attain focus and competence. At his initiation he is given his name "Chun Yi" - the Pure One.
Growing up, the boy studies hard. Dedicated in both mind and body he learns the art of Zen and skills of Kung Fu, collecting vital life energy, Qi, from heaven and earth. He learns to look to nature and the movements of animals, and carves his body like the stone and steel of the weapons he masters. The Master warns him that truth can easily be seduced by ego.
In spite of his lessons, Chun Yi exults in his new-found power. Vulnerable to illusion, he meets temptation and is distracted from the purity of the Buddhist life. He denies those who are closest to him, and finds himself alone, unprepared for the unexpected trials of life.
Deeply remorseful, Chun Yi moves through meditation to renewed focus. He is now truly ready to become a warrior monk, not for violence or aggression, but a true warrior for peace. So begins his life, a long spiritual journey to enlightenment.
Many years later, the wise old Master prepares for the end of his life. Chun Yi is called back to the Temple where the Master passes on to him the staff of his authority as Temple Abbott. As the story comes to an end, 1 can figured out that the fearful young apprentice now find the courage to dedicate himself to the life path of Kung Fu.

Photo is not allowed during the show. I illegally managed to take few before they stopped me. The rest of the shared photo below are taken afer the photo session with the performer.

Acrobats and gymnasts from throughout China were performing at the theatre we attended on our second night in Beijing, i.e. 4th December 2006. Everyone was speechless with a breathtaking routines of flexibility involving chairs, bikes, jumping hoops, spinning plates and human strength. It is the most recommended activity or event to be attended attend by the tourist visiting Beijing. I wish to share some of their performance taken using my compact digital Nikon camera, my first digital camera.

Not to be missed our children's photo with the performer.

Lastly, a colorful night life in Beijing was captured in below photo.

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