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Lion Dance performed in Nanling, Guangdong
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Nanling, Guangdong Tourist Guide (October 2008)
General Comments:

NanLing is a large rural town about 20 miles from Guilin in Guangdong Province, and it has one very interesting secret - it is home of the Premier Kung Fu School in China. Kung Fu, known as Gong Fu locally, is not considered a sport as it is in England. It is a cultural exhibition by those who do not practice it as a Martial Art. The School in NanLing teaches it as a Martial art, and courses are available for visiting tourists by arrangement. The town is also known as Guangling - depending upon who you are speaking to?

Gong Fu has 3 disciplines: the Martial Art as we know it, Lion Dance, and Dragon Dance. Nanling School is the foremost in China for the first two of these disciplines. So much so, that in a recent All-Asia Lion Dance Competition, they took the first three places!

I was fortunate to be able to watch a full dress rehearsal for a forthcoming 'Lion Dance' Competition. Inside the costume are 2 people who's skill and agility is absolutely breath-taking. The performance lasted over one hour, culminating in the Traditional Lion dance, where a 'Lion' jumps across a set of poles set high above the ground. After spending 2 years in China, this is still the most memorable event I have witnessed.

The whole evening was a showcase of talent, as it also contained a Gong Fu display of consummate skill, using real swords and spears where appropriate. Some of the performers were girls as young as 6 years, and the most adept was a 13 year old girl who actually spoke English

Other than this school, Nanling is easy to miss. It is a centre for Bamboo products, and has a bamboo themed amusement park. One shop on the outside of town sells Jade, and it was remarkable for having the largest Jade carving I have ever seen in real life. It was a perfect eagle in dark Jade standing some 9 feet high and 10 feet wide - awesome!

If you want the very best in Chinese Kung Fu Instruction, or have a personal predilection for Bamboo, then 'Fill your Boots'. Otherwise forget it!
This information is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide only
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