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Free tickets for Shaolin Wushu performances available on Monday


The martial monks from the Songshan Shaolin Temple of China, who dazzled Hong Kong audiences last month with their almost superhuman strength and agility, will come back to give four more wushu shows from July 5 to July 7.

The shows are jointly organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD), the Hong Kong Culture Association, the Songshan Shaolin Temple of China and the Hong Kong Wushu Union in support of the Government's Relaunch Hong Kong campaign and to encourage members of the public to stay in shape by exercising regularly.

The martial monks will demonstrate hand-to-hand combat skills inspired by animals and insects, fight with ancient but deadly-looking weapons, as well as performing Qigong feats which really have to be seen to be believed.

One of the highlights will be a dramatised account of how a Shaolin disciple is supposed to run the gauntlet before he qualifies as a master.

The martial monks will also teach the audience a few basic wushu moves with health benefits.

The first performance cum opening ceremony will be staged at Queen Elizabeth Stadium at 7.30pm on July 5. Two more performances will be held at Kowloon Park Sports Centre on July 6 and the last will be held at Lung Sum Avenue Sports Centre on July 7.

Free admission tickets will be available from Monday (June 16) at the LCSD's District Leisure Services Offices. The tickets will be given out on a first-come-first-served basis. For enquiries, please call 2414 5555.

Apart from the four public performances, there will be four special performances for students. The LCSD has already invited all primary and secondary schools to reserve seats.

After the performances, the co-organisers will launch a series of activities in the second half of this year to further promote Shaolin wushu. These activities include Shaolin wushu training camps for youth and Shaolin physical exercise classes in all 18 districts. Details will be announced later.

End/Friday, June 13, 2003

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