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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Folk Sports

With years of change, some folk sports in Beijing are handed down, however, some are on the verge of extinction such as Play Diabolo, Beijing Wrestling Arts, Ventriloquism, Qigong Performance, The Game of Go, Chinese Chess, Cu Ju, Kicking Shuttlecock.

» Overpass Streamer
Overpass Streamer
Overpass Streamer (天桥中幡) is traditional folk acrobatics in Beijing. Overpass, called Tianqiao in Chinese, is in the eastern part of Xuanwu District, established in Yuan Dynasty. It is used to be a must pass when the emperors in Ming and Qing Dynasties made the Heaven-Worshipping Altar. In 1934, the overpass was pulled down totally.

» Playing Diabolo
Playing Diabolo
As one sort of Han traditional culture, playing diabolo (抖空竹) is prevailing in Beijing, Tianjin, Liaoning, Jilin, Heilongjiang, etc. It used to be a courtyard game, after the reformation and improvement, it turns to be traditional acrobatics. Diabolo is made of bamboo, empty in the middle.

» The Game of Go
The Game of Go
The game of go, also named Weiqi (围棋) in Chiense, is one of Chinese four traditional arts, the remaining three containing lyre-laying (琴), calligraphy (书法) and painting (画). It is the symbole of Chinese culture and civilization, implying abundant national culture. It was called “Yi” (奕) in ancient time, prevailing in East Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea, etc.

» Ventriloquism
Ventriloquism (口技) is a kind of folk performance in which actor imitates all kind of sound with mouth such as train sound, bird tweet, etc. Now, it has been listed as one of valuable culture and art heritages.

» Chinese Chess
Chinese Chess
Chinese chess (中国象棋), a sort of game good for intelligence, has a history of more than 3,000 years. It is a strategy board game for two players. In ancient China, chess was viewed as a kind of art of self-cultivation by scholar-officials.

» Cu Ju
Cu Ju
Cu Ju (蹴鞠) is a kind of sport, the predecessor of today’s football game. Cu means “to play with the foot”. Ju is a kind of ball in ancient, stuffed rice bran inside and covered with leather outside. On 20th, May, 2006, Cu Ju has been included into the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage.

» Kicking Shuttlecock
Kicking Shuttlecock
Kicking shuttlecock (踢毽子) is one of ancient folk sports in Han nationality. It has s history of more than 2,000 years, dating from Han Dynasty and prevailing in Sui and Tang Dynasties. It is easy to make a shuttlecock.

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