In January 2018, my wife and I spent three weeks in South China in the company of my Taiji Brothers and Sisters. We flew from Podgorica to Guangzhou, whence we travelled around the Pearl River Delta with stopovers in Zhongshan, Guzhen, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, and finally Hong Kong. The initial motivation for this trip was to attend the grand opening ceremony of the Zhongshan Taiji Association, which was followed by a four-day seminar led by Mr Zhao Youbin and Zhao Liang.
A couple of facts I didn’t know before travelling:
Guangzhou is actually the second most populated city in China (25 million), after Shanghai (34 million);
Shenzhen is the fourth most populated city (23.3 million), after Beijing (24.9 million);
Zhongshan is named after Sun Yat-sen (known in Mandarin as Sun Zhongshan), “the father of modern China”;
Guzhen is known as “the Lighting Capital of China”.
Mr Zhao’s seminar had two main strands: to provide an in-depth analysis of the 85 form, including applications, and to teach the “ba fa”, – a form designed to practise the eight key energies of Taiji and to enable participants to feel and remember them in their body. About 80 disciples and instructors took part in the seminar.