This journey I took was composed of professional activities, sightseeing, and a few entertaining events. I wanted to share with you the entertainment events I attended.
1. In Beijing a few of our group attended a show called: Legend of Kung Fu.This is the description from the website (http://www.thebeijingguide.com/shows/kungfu.html) “The story follows the story of a young boy found wandering outside an ancient temple. Like every boy in China, he dreams of becoming a Kung Fu master. On the road to enlightenment the young monk encounters many difficulties and temptations.
The show has English subtitles shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. The actors do not speak, the show is all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. It is the fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional arts which make this performance unique and spectacular. ”
This story filled my soul and inspired me as I have chosen to confront my own demons and temptations throughout my own journey of spiritual growth. What I came away with spiritually was to recognize when my EGO has tried to take credit for the incredible opportunities in my life. When we each live daily out of service for humankind, we will be tempted to take credit, but as we grow spiritually, we can choose to give credit only for our part in participating, not in the outcome. The music, dance, acrobatics, and theme of this show made my heart smile!
2. In Tibet at the Mad Yak Restaurant we were entertained by traditional Tibetan dancing and singing by artisans in beautiful costumes. I loved the music and the dancing. As a matter of fact I had said that morning to someone that I wanted to see Tibetan dancing! I really did manifest all sorts of experiences on this trip!
3. In Chengdu we attended a show at the Shufengyayun Teahouse located in Chengdu Cultural Park on Qintai Road. It’s beside Qingyang Palace, the famous Taoist abbey, and it’s near Wuhou Ancestral Temple and Dufu Cottage. The building of it is of primitive simplicity, and has a proper style of Old West Shu Country (the old name of Sichuan Province). Shufengyayun once was a teahouse and assembly hall of famous Sichuan operatic actors long before. In recent years, Shufengyayun gathers the distinguished actors in Sichuan Province once again and holds China Sichuan Opera Unique Skills Performance for each evening, which makes more and more people know Sichuan traditional arts and the old appearance of Sichuan ancient teahouse. The show consisted of 7 different “acts”, all different:Sichuan opera performance with incredible costumes and make-up; gaohu solo which was a kind of violin with two strings;a Stick-puppet show which has a long history over two thousands of years. The beauty of the World is adopted from an excerpt of Sichuan Opera; The story is about a fairy, who descended on the world and was infatuated with the life of human and the beauty of the world; Rhythm of Shu Yun is a particular art form consisting of talking, singing, Sichuan folk instruments performing, and dancing; a Suona solo which is known as Chinese trumpet: Birds in the Woods is the most expressive Suona composition which describes merry birdcall of hundreds of birds in the woods;next, an incredible Hand shadow show which is an ancient folk art, and finally the most incredible Changing Faces Act.During the performance, the performers change their masks in a magic way to show the rapid diversification. Since this was a tea house, we sipped incredible tasting tea during the show! This show was awesome and one that will be held in my memory for years to come!