Tamed Youth: 2013 Sixth Chengdu Biennale
Next Biennale should be in 2015, but not necessarily at the exhibition center. There are events at the exhibition center all the time usually fares for real estate, consumer goods (wine, cars, food..), jobs and the likes. Probably the more interesting event on the cultural side are the cosplay and manga conventions: Comiday, which is hold twice a year or so.
RE: Zebra postponement, those "security issues" relate to them being massively overcharged for the security guards. It helps to maintain friendly relationships with the locals...also I'm not sure if where the info about the Xiong Mao stage came from but there was no chance of that happening.
Basi de Hen! crossing the line
Line up for the pastries 还可以！but roast tender bunny and doughy white flour and slaughtered pig meat laced with hormones and antibiotics, well no thanks!That is good for the mindless masses as they reply to a weixin friend on their 手机！
April 16, 2014
Zebra & Strawberry Festival Chengdu 2014 Sneak Preview
zebra has been "postponed", the officially given reason was safety in Southwest China in the context of the kunming terror attack March 1st. I am not able to draw a connection between both, but higher echolons seem to have incredible oversight. i hope they postpone strawberry because of mh370.
The classes are in small groups or one-to-one. Students are 25-40 years old, Chinese and foreigners, some girls also, from beginners to advanced. Students usually come for 2 hours lessons, while a few students live in the school (like those students coming to China in summer to learn kungfu full time). Sifu Li Quan is very flexible with schedule: I often came to train at 8pm after work!
The school isn't too far from the city center of Chengdu. I was going there with bicycle, a good warm up. Other students take bus or taxi.
The master and the other students feel like a family, this is a very friendly atmosphere, with open-air training in green setting (inside when bad weather). Very different from doing sport at the gym: no smell of old sweat and mold, no club music, no salesmen pushing for 2 years subscription, and no boring workout on complicated machines that make you feel stiff like Robocop after a few months!
Li Quan speaks good English, and he's very keen to pass on his knowledge.
His descriptions are much more detailed than what I experienced in France. His own movements can be incredibly fast, controlled and powerful!
He teaches a 'nan quan' (kung fu style from southern China). This is focused on practical movements (no acrobatics!) for self-defense and attack, with an emphasis on close range combat, and that you can practice at every age.
As a pure beginner, my training focused on building a strong foundation: rope-jumping routines, stretching, several kinds of basic stances, footworks, punches, blocks & kicks (in pairs, alone, or with the wooden dummy), drills to improve speed, a bit of strength training, then balance training and even QiGong relaxation and breathing exercises, as well as general concepts (centerline, controlled tension/relaxation of muscles, etc).
All of which I should be able to train further by myself, or build further on when I continue kungfu with other masters. (I am now living Chengdu). These few months training have been like a 'body reboot' for me, I feel better in my body than ever before! (I'm 37).
Even for those not into martial arts, I recommend to just come for a free lesson in a week-end (book first: www.kungfu-family.com ; firstname.lastname@example.org ), make some cool pictures doing kungfu like in movies, and spend the rest of the day in the area. It´s nice and green and full of restaurants. And maybe you fall in love with kunfu!
Michelle Obama: "Chengdu is probably the city I would choose"
Big call FLOTUS! However, i was reading somewhere just the other day about this, and heres some more info for you incredulous folks out there.
The main reason she chose our fair city was so that she could indulge her hitherto unpublicised P.M 2.5 fetish/obsession.
Thats right, the secret is out, shes got a "thang" for the poisonous dust.
She revealed that she has secretly yearned to enjoy the benefits of asthma, emphysema, and possibly even lung cancer, and hopes that she, POTUS, and the kids can all enjoy them "as a family".
She went on to say that blue sky is "overrated", and "so last century", and that the incessant cloak of grey doom that that blankets CDU should be viewed as a protective, nurturing phenomenon, both protecting the city from the prying eyes of sattelite observation, and shielding the residents from the perils of U.V exposure.
She added that the enigmatic cloak nourishes city dwellers souls by infusing in them, a palpable phlegmatic (and phlegm-atic) indifference to one another, a vital virtue for survival in such a progressive and scintillating urban junglescape.
Secondary to the health blessings is the opportunity to "live life on the edge" cycling and driving on the streets of the wild southwest. The unpredictability of selfish, arrogant, dangerous, aggressive, and downright stooopid drivers of public and private vehicles, from two wheels up, provides countless chances for injury or death. Ahhh, those cheeky wee green johnny cabs with desperate lunatics at the wheel, the tiny baby honk of a Chengdu bus as it scuffs your back wheel in the bike lane and nudges you and your bike onto the sidewalk whick is full of parked cars, the silent scourge of the e-bike, which could high speed sucker punch you into hospital, from any direction at any time, and the absence of headlights on these and many other vehicles just adds to the air of mystique surrounding the exoitic southwest.
A particularly fascinating spectacle is the chance to catch a glimpse of (and possibly inevitable outcome of) the profusion of unrestrained kiddies clambering around the cockpits of the speeding Benzs, Range Rovers, Geelys, and Jetta's galore, heads out the window or sunroof, sitting on the drivers (generally texting or talking on phone) or grandma's lap, standing on the floor with the cute little head next to the passengers airbag bomb, the concept of a childs car seat not yet having permeated into the conciousness of the mindless motoring masses.
How sweet, in an innocent, naive, old fashioned kind of way.
But thats not all. Add to the list, myriad food safety issues (variety), gutter oil roulette (gambling), second hand fag smoke (the satisfaction of recycling), the dazzling array and sheer abundance of lung oysters underfoot (local delicacy), and the sweet birdsong involved in the expulsion thereof (Chengdu throat singing), the opportunity to be stared at, pointed at, talked about, photographed, become the source of fellow citizens amusement on a daily basis (provide entertainment for so many new friends), and too many other highlights to list here.
So when you add it all up, and gaze down Renmin Nanlu on a day when the omnipitent panacea of P.M 2.5 reduces your visibility to 600 mtrs, it all makes perfect sense really.
Pack your stuff and come on down FLOTUS and co. Theres no place i'd rather be?
Peace and lurv.