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Shows feature monks, kung fu and city folk

THE World Expo won't lack for entertainment. Officials yesterday described a few of the performances that will be staged regularly during the event.

One will be the thematic show "Windows of the City," a 30-minute story with music and dance that will show urbanites' warmth and care. It will run from May to October.

Another is "Wudang; Tai Chi and Tao," an original martial arts program from the Wudang Taoist Kung Fu Academy. The 30-minute kung fu show will be staged from July to September. Three shows are scheduled daily.

And more than 50 Shaolin monks, including young and senior ones, will perform Shaolin boxing and hard qigong - a kind of deep breathing exercise said to make the belly or the top of head invulnerable to knife and sword.

They'll perform four times each day during the 184-day event at outdoor squares around the Expo site.

Admission will be free once visitors are on the Expo site. Advance bookings are not possible by Internet, phone or fax. Visitors can reserve spaces in advance at the site of the performance venue several hours before shows begin, the organizer said.


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