Martial artists from Henan Province performing during the Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism at Jerudong Park Ampitheatre. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

Awe and wonder permeated the air of the Jerudong Park (JP) Amphitheatre on Wednesday night as some 50 martial artists from China took to the stage in a stunning display of Wushu and Taiji.

Sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of China and the Chinese Embassy in Brunei Darussalam, the Night of Chinese Cultural Tourism was organised as a means to kick-off the Brunei-China Tourism Year set for next year.

“Wushu and Taiji are symbols of Chinese Culture,” said Chinese Ambassador, Yu Hong in her opening remarks.

Chinese Ambassador to Brunei, Yu Hong delivering her remarks during the Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism at Jerudong Park Ampitheatre. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“Wushu and Taiji are not only the magic fantasy and special effects of Chinese Gongfu in movies, but also the daily life of the Chinese people”.

Audiences flooded the theatre as early as 6pm with thousands gleefully anticipating the arresting visuals that await them.

Audience members watching the performances during the Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism at Jerudong Park Ampitheatre. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

When the hour-long show began, crowds were immediately glued to their seats observing the artful display of Shaolin Kungfu and Tai Chi which also featured weaponry and a number of death-defying feats

From soft sweeping movements to the rapid flurry of fists and acrobatic kicks, the performance demonstrated the beautiful balance between unyielding might and enlightened gentleness.

Martial artists from Henan Province performing during the Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism at Jerudong Park Ampitheatre. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“According to the traditional Chinese philosophy, Yin and Yang, rapid and slow, hard and soft, dynamic and static are interdependent and coexist in harmony,” continued the Chinese ambassador.

“In Chinese tradition, the real value of “force” lies in the pursuit of peace.

Martial artists from Henan Province performing during the Night of Chinese Culture and Tourism at Jerudong Park Ampitheatre. Image: Ridhwan Kamarulzaman

“Yin and Yang in the Chinese philosophy are two elements of the universe, which are contradictory to each other but mutually unified at the same time”.

With performers from the home town of Wushu and Taiji in China, the event was also held in conjunction with 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

The Bruneian | BRUNEI-MUARA

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