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Tagged With: tai chi

The Final Leg

This three-week journey through central China capped off my 11-month stay in China. After it, I returned to my China home of Zhuhai for two days of preparations, reflection, and final good-byes to all of China. Bu first, my three week trip ended with a brief bit in the historic city, Xi’an. An ancient capital … Continue reading »

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Wild Monkeys

It was my last day at the Wu Dang Shan Tai Chi Academy. I was leaving at four o’clock that afternoon. And the anticipation of my exit provided a new vibe to my remaining hours. One thing I wanted to squeeze in that final day was to explore a creek that flowed in the valley … Continue reading »

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Tai Chi: Fantastical Reality

Initially, I chose to come to Wu Dang Shan (rather than other sights in China) because I wanted to participate in the culture—by way of doing tai chi. But let’s not neglect the fact that sight-seeing is part of the appeal here, too. Come along and enjoy the scenery that is also the history at … Continue reading »

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Tai Chi: What Goes Around Comes Around

It had only been two days on this mountain in Hubei province. But in a whole new environment—-one that encouraged the focus of every moment, no less—this meant a concentrated, super-saturated 48 hours that provided enough fodder for two previous blog posts. Yes, Einstein, time is relative, and seeing this play out when living on … Continue reading »

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Tai Chi 2: The Lifestyle

Last time we looked at the practice. This time it’s about the place and the people, about¬†what life was like there on Wu Dang Shan. First the setting: life there is encased in a sea of mountain tops and valleys,¬†adding to the ambiance in ways only thought possible in movies or imagination: When mist provided … Continue reading »

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Tai chi: Practicing the Present

My trainer and I arrived at the tai chi school mid-morning. Last time I showed you a few pictures of what this mountainside martial art boarding school looked like. After dropping my stuff in my room, my trainer took me back outside to begin. Not wasting any time. On the other side of the street … Continue reading »

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Up the Mountain

I had a decision to make. After the small-town experiences in Henan province, was I going to travel north to sight-see the Longmen Caves? There, centuries ago, Buddhist monks decorated hundreds of caves with a museum of sculptures. Or was I to head south, into the adjacent province of Hubei? I read about a beautiful … Continue reading »

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