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Spectacles celebrate tea culture and kung fu

SPECTACULAR shows celebrating Chinese tea culture and martial arts will be staged during the World Expo, featuring a mix of acrobatics, magic, song and dance and herbal medicine.

The 45-minute tea show "CHA" will be performed four times daily through June 30 in the Entertainment Hall.

The 45-minute "Shaolin Kung Fu" show will be performed four times daily from July 1-August 31, also in the Entertainment Hall.

Throughout the Expo, trained warrior monks of Shaolin Temple in Henan Province, will put on brief demonstrations throughout the day in the open plaza of the Entertainment Hall.

The tea extravaganza "CHA" represents Chinese traditional tea culture by integrating martial arts, magic, stunts, song and dance, and other arts.

Director Li Xining says she was inspired to develop the show when she was having tea with friends.

"I was stunned by the magnificent and age-old tea culture in China and suddenly came up with the idea of presenting an acrobatic show to promote this traditional aspect of Chinese culture to a foreign audience," she says.

Tea is an important symbol in Chinese culture, representing harmony and world peace, she says.

So the drama tries to depict the close relationship between tea and human beings through multiple art forms, including Chinese calligraphy, painting and music as well as vigorous martial and acrobatic arts.

Shaolin kung fu

Chinese kung fu is famous around the world for its deep meanings and Oriental connotations.

However, among all types of kung fu in China, Shaolin kung fu probably receives the greatest attention for its balanced combination of Zen Buddhism and martial arts.

The kung fu gala presents the aesthetic and philosophical connotations of Shaolin's warrior monks through a creative stage performance that combines Shaolin kung fu and modern dance.

The mix of martial arts, acrobatics, dance and magic tricks creates very unusual visual effects.

The performance will showcase the beauty and aesthetics of Shaolin martial arts, as well as the Zen world of other Shaolin arts, such as sculpture, herbal medicine, architecture and calligraphy.

All the performers are warrior monks of Shaolin Temple who have been trained for many years.? "CHA"

Date: through June 30, four times daily, 45 minutes

Venue: Entertainment Hall, Expo site? Shaolin kung fu show

Date: July 1-August 31, four times daily, 45 minutes

Venue: Entertainment Hall, Expo site


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