I had a short holiday in Guangzhou, China recently and visited Foshan which is about 28 km from Guangzhou. It was a free and easy trip as our main objective, my siblings and I, was to trace our roots and take a peek at our grandpa's village which is in Nanhai, one of the five districts that made up Foshan. The above picture is of a couple in marriage, right at the entrance to the 'Zumiao', Foshan ancestral temple. I was so engrossed in this that I'd forgotten to snap a picture of the facade of the temple.
Just after the entrance to the temple on the left is this Ipman muzeum. I'm sure I needn't have to introduce this martial arts expert to you as you must have heard of and seen the movies about this legendary hero.
A summary of the history of Ipman.
Figurine of Ipman, the Wing Chun expert. It's a form of martial art for self-defence.
These are the 'weapons' that the students use when learning Wing Chun. The most popular is the wooden framework.
This is the museum of another legendary hero Wong Fei Hoong sifu, also in the vicinity of the ancestral temple.
A kung-fu demonstration with the sword.
Another demonstration with the rod. I was wondering what was this red wooden container for. Then, I knew, it's a donation box and once you've put in some money you'll be given a red piece of paper with auspicious wishes, just like during the Chinese New Year.
The next demonstration ........ Lion dance
This is a statue of Wong Fei Hoong sifu in his signature stance.
Foshan is reputated to be the home of Cantonese opera and martial arts. This is a picture of the stage for a Cantonese opera which is no longer in use but well maintained.
Hope you've enjoyed these pictures and I'll be posting some food in the next episode!