Kung Fu Show, Beijing

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    The Legend of Kung Fu - Daily show at Red Theatre

    by spocklogic Updated Jan 13, 2014

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    At the Beijing Red Theatre there is a daily performance at 5:15 pm and 7:30 pm called "The Legend of Kung Fu". Part dance, part acrobatics and with some Kung Fu moves, it tells a touching story too. Photos are not allowed, but I took some nevertheless until I was told not to. It's a ridiculous policy because you can't really take high quality photos since it's fairly dark during the performance. Anyway, the show begins with some razzle and dazzle that is entertaining to watch and sets up the story of a young pupil who arrives at a Buddhist temple to apprentice as a monk. There is a narration that begins from here and continues throughout the play, with occasional scenes of the master and the newly arrived pupil.

    The master begins by telling the young pupil the story of another boy long ago named Chun Yi (the pure one), how he goes through an initiation, studies the discipline of Zen and Kung Fu as he grows from a boy to a man under the tutelage of his wise master. The story continues in narration telling how Chun Yi is taught to resist temptations and avoid illusions in life, but has difficulty disciplining himself. He becomes full with his own ego in the powerful skills he has learned and chases a beautiful fairy created in his own mind. He shuns everyone around him and is unable to continue with the Buddhist practices, then finds himself all alone, unprepared for life's trials, suffers regret and eventually returns to the path of enlightenment for guidance and balance in his life. He focuses on becoming a man of peace and wisdom, not of aggression and desires, finally freeing himself of his ego and embarking on a life of spiritual discipline. He comes full circle in the end as his old master passes his staff to Chun Yi and be becomes the master at the monastery. The narration ends with the young pupil realizing that the story of the boy long ago which the master was telling him about was the master, Chun Yi himself. A story within a story that goes full circle on itself - very nicely done!

    This story plays out in 7 acts, and there is always something going on at the stage and occasionally things happen in the aisles. There's music, fog, dancing, acrobatics, and storytelling all combining in a performance that lasts about an hour and a half. It's colorful, fast paced at times, has moments of reflection, and doesn't overdo any of these, but presents the whole play with a good balance of everything. It's not really about Kung Fu, but the deceptions and illusion in life we can fall prey to, and how a path of enlightenment and discipline can lead to greater enrichment when one finds ones true inner self, free from ego, and sees the path to true ways of being with clarity. I suppose this may be considered a touristy activity, and some may pass on it for that reason, but sometimes touristy things can have meaning too. Go and see it yourself and you will be pleasantly surprised with the story, and at the least entertained with the show.

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    Kung Fu show

    by stamporama Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is theatrical show about a young boy (Chun Yi) who enters a monastery and the rigorous, hard training he undergoes to become a warrior monk. It's not all martial arts fight scenes though they do demonstrate some awesome stunts. All the performers are not just actors but real kung fu practitioners.

    There are 2 daily performances: 5:15 pm and 7:30 pm.

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    by al2401 Updated Jun 5, 2010

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    I had been to Chinese Opera, variety shows and acrobat shows and thoroughly enjoyed them all so when I agreed to go to a Kung Fu show I wondered what I had let myself in for.

    Wow! this show is vibrant, full of energy and tells the tale of a young boy left at a monastery to be trained in Zen and Kung Fu. He goes through many trials and eventually becomes the Abbot of the monastery.

    The tale is told using music, dance, acrobatics and examples of the skills of Kung Fu and is definitely worth the visit. It is on every evening at 7.30pm.

    Unfortunately there is no photograpy or video allowed so no photos for this tip - you will have to see for yourselves.

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    by sfphototraveller Updated May 7, 2009
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    We saw the Kung Fu show at Red Theatre Beijing ,China
    We paid 380rmb for tickets there are also 680 rmb tickets for vip seating for plush denser thicker seat cushion.

    My seat location was in row 9.

    Great show- a story.

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    The Legend of Kung Fu stage show

    by K.Knight Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    While in Beijing, Anne and I decided to visit the Red Theatre and see the live production “The Legend of Kung Fu”
    The actors are all monks and they do not speak. The show is, however, narrated in English by an elderly monk and a small child.
    The Kung Fu show is spectacular and follows the story of a young child that is given to the monks by his mother. His mother wished for him to find internal peace and learn the ways of the monks. The production follows his life until his death.
    This is an international standard show and only cost 150 YUAN (US$22)

    Time: Every evening at 5:15pm and 7:30pm
    Venue: The Red Theatre
    Location: Near the Temple of Heaven
    Cost: 150 YUAN (US$22) if pre purchased

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    Kung Fu Show

    by mojo1980 Written Jun 20, 2007

    It may sound chessy to say that the best place to watch a kung fu performance is in China, but if there is spare time, do watch.

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