Last But Not Least, Beijing Acrobatics

My trip is soon nearing it’s end and my fascination for travel has increased evermore. Thus I hope to do a lot more travel in the future. What I have learned from this trip is to have less expectations and embrace the world in the form that it comes to you.

China has completely broken my expectations as a polluted, non-ecologic country. These people are getting into grips with life amongst such a huge population. Occasionally the lifestyle is damaging for the nature but people have done a great deal on an individual level. Nothing goes to waste here and nature is precious to them. Perhaps the changes that lack are on a governmental level. One thing I now know is that the Chinese love their plants & nature :)

So last but not least, I am sharing my photos from the Chaoyang Theatre performance. My favorite acrobatics were the wheels of the dead which is really amazing. The men walk along a huge wheel with their eyes blindfolded and play around as if they would fall down. Makes the audience scared silly. And I always love the kongzhu stuff, which is like a Chinese yo-yo.

Enjoy.

Sincrely,
SG.

PS. Feel free to use my pics, just let me know beforehand!

Great Hilariousities in Beijing

I’ve gotten all soft on my travels haven’t I.

Couldn’t help sharing this with you guys, the Peking Opera here is simply hilarious. It’s extremely detailed and beautiful “acting choreography” that’s played out like silly fools! Well, at least that’s my non-professional description of it.

Seriously I had a laugh of a lifetime at the show at Liyuan Theatre which caters tourists but who cares. It’s a genuine performance and they’ve been at it in this particular theatre since oh- ’90! Now that makes it all worth it doesn’t it.

Just have a look at the pictures I took and you will see what I mean. I was sitting right next to the stage on these big wooden tables and drinking delicious tea. Thanks to the *wink* huge discount I got from May Tours.

This is a kind of kungfu style in Peking Opera acting. Great moves.

Is there something I can say. She’s wicked :)

The tough twins, I bet there out to kill someone.

Now this guy looks like there’s growing some psychedelic grass out of his beard.

These guys seem a bit serious don’t they. Well from here it gets pretty comic and pretty soon.

She’s like the most beautiful mom, just the way she moves is so delicate and beautiful.

All that shoving about could be converted into extremely useful workforce at my garden back home.

Greets,
SG.

New Great Logo

Still enjoying here at the capital and I’ve made many friends on my path. One chinese bloke made me this great “Slow Garden” logo! It is a symbol of how you can just sit back and relax while mother earth grows on it’s on accord. Also the initials SG made with a nice font.

 

Slowing down on a beautiful autumn day at Chaoyang Park

Greetings from China!

Did you know that right next to the huge Beijing metropolis lies 300 hectares of magnificent trees, grass and lakes. Surrounded by suburb after suburb the Chaoyang Park (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beijing_Chaoyang_Park) is where all the locals seem to gather to take it slow and get time off from the buzz. Any time of the year!

My trip in China has been a timely one. But what does a green thumb do traveling when the nature is about to go back to sleep?

The simple answer is, this is the time of the year when I have time off from my work in agriculture. But that’s only half of the story. I think that the autumn change in season is one of the grandest displays of nature. For me, nothing could be more relaxing than looking at the leafs falling and feeling the cold breeze brushing my hair.

This garden tip is the laziest of them all as it requires no work from your part:) Go to the park on a very cold autumn day, but preferably sunny day and very windy as well. Take a news paper with you, find a bench to sit down in the park, realize that it’s simply impossible to read the news paper in that wind. Run after the flying newspaper and voila, you are ready to enjoy and relax now.

My personal tour guide was very understanding as I don’t enjoy the normal touristic routes much. There was a woman picking up something from the ground and I asked my guide from May Tours (http://maytoursbeijing.info) to go and ask her what she was doing. Turns out the woman was looking for leaves and sticks to warm her little hutong house nearby. Seems not everyone is fortunate enough to have an opportunity to just enjoy shuffling in the leaves.

Autumn leaves scattered around the lake.

With strong wind the lake stays calm.

High rise buildings in the distance.

People enjoying the view.

Walk down the path or take a bench.

Right next to the park, we went to see the Chaoyang Acrobatic Show (http://maytoursbeijing.info/beijing-acrobatic-show-tickets).

It was magnificent.

Regards. SG