Saturday, January 3, 2009

16 March 2008 – The Great Wall, Ming Tombs and Beijing Opera

We rise early to another morning session in the park, but this time we race the expansive park to meet with a noted Wushu Master who will be training for the opening ceremony for the Olympic Games in August.It is an honour to be with the group and they welcome us to their practice. Our attempts are greeted with encouragement and acceptance. Their flowing, dance like moves are powerful and inspiring.On our way to see the Great Wall of China, the group was invited to meet with Chen Lianyong, Chen style Taiji Master and director of Nankou Hospital of Changping District of Beijing.
“He tells us that he uses Qi to treat his patients and that his patients learn Taiji and qigong to heal themselves” Magnhild.
We observe his patients and some of the staff watching us from the windows. We are not sure if they are impressed or entertained!
“He selects Bjarte, Pamela's son, to stand in a deep and challenging position. Through Harry, our guide and interpreter he encourages Bjarte to 'Relax, Sink, Breath in the Dantien’, the challenge being able to relax even in a difficult position and that muscle strength is not enough, one needs the power of the mind. Taiji and Qigong are meditation in movement” Magnhild.The Great Wall is great and as we travel through the country side to the spot where we will climb, we see glimpses of its extensive 6000 km domination snaking across the horizon and we understand the significance of its powerful presence.
“It is an extraordinary structure and it appears like a dream, as the wall goes on and on, into valleys and over mountain tops, reaching as far as the eye can see.” Pål Jakob
Before returning to Beijing, we visit the Ming Tombs. In the evening we attend the Beijing Opera. Not knowing the language did not hinder our enjoyment of the performance. We realized that no matter where you live the basic human emotions of love, jealousy, hate, and fear are a part of us all and we easily recognize the situations, needing no interpreter.

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