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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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Playing Stone Barbell and Lock

Playing stone barbell and lock(耍石担石锁) is the ancient stone Han folk practice weightlifting equipment and later it was developed into athletic programs. From the 1920s and 1930s, Zha Ruilong in Zhabei District create a series of difficult moves of Stone Lock project, known as the "Oriental Hercules." It is an important part of Shanghai culture.

Between 23 years and 35 years in the Republic of China, Zha Ruilong led a delegation for five times to visit Southeast Asia; In 27 years, he founded the Shanghai Amateur Sports Studies; In 29 years, he became the editor of the "new martial art". After the founding of People’s Republic of China, the folk stone barbell and lock activities became more active.

In 1952, Zhabei District worker stone barbell and lock sports team was formed. In 1957, Zha Ruilong led the team to participate in the inaugural Shanghai arts tournament play won the first prize of the General Assembl. In 1958, he held in Shanghai stone barbell and lock race training which trained a large number of stone barbell and lock molecular backbone.

In 1964, he was still preaching tuition. In 1974, Beijing Institute made the actions of stone barbell and lock into a movie. Although there are many difficult stunts including the loss of many difficult actions, they finally made it. And now the heritage inheritors represented by Wang Baogen and Liu Hai insist to work out every Saturday and Sunday morning in the Zhabei Park.

Playing stone barbell and lock project has a long history. To take such exercise by the traditional Chinese method, can not only physically exercised but also have healthy pleasure, because of its low objective conditions require and the obstruction of no time and the impact of space , showing the social value of folk sports, enrich the leisure life of community residents. In June 2007 "playing Stone Barbell and Lock" in Shanghai was listed as the first item of intangible cultural heritage projects.

Stone lock simultaneously accompanied by the spread of stone barbell. It is a rectangular stone, chisel one handle, and turn into the ancient lock to move, then, throw and catch. Weight of stone barbell and lock ranges from 8-75 kg. To suit the action-based, more than 20 kg power is the main row of large stone lock. During the performance, stone barbell and lock covered flying up and down, just combine hard and soft, seems very spectacular.

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