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Confusion reigns over Bruce Lee's iconic kick

VISITORS to the World Expo site have been confused by a sea of 100-plus red-painted ceramic statues showing China's most iconic martial arts fighter, Bruce Lee, in his famous kung fu kicking pose with small models of world famous monuments placed on one foot.

Many visitors were wondering whether the fighter was balancing the buildings carefully or kicking them away.

Although the designer said the statues were to show that Chinese kung fu was so powerful that the fighter could keep his balance even with buildings on his foot, many visitors found it hard to believe that the classic kicking pose was meant to hold the buildings in balance.

Many visitors who were fans of Lee said the high-kicking pose even had a Chinese name, ti guan, which means to provoke a fight to close down a martial club.

They said with the buildings and pavilions on his foot, it seemed more likely to be an aggressive action showing that the fighter was provoking a fight to close down the monuments.

"It can be told from his facial expressions. Have you ever seen someone holding things while wearing that angry expression?" said a visitor from neighboring Jiangsu Province, who believed that Lee was kicking the buildings away.

The designer, Shu Yong, said he wanted to use Lee's kung fu image to show the peaceful rise of China, as the ultimate goal of kung fu was not to be a god of war, he said, but to be a peaceful master.

The sculptures have been on display at the Foshan Pavilion in the Urban Best Practices Area as well as at the Expo Center since Tuesday.


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