South China’s Hainan to hold Tai Chi festival to promote tourism
The organizing committee recently held a promotion event in Beijing to announce that a Tai Chi contest will be held during the festival.
Preparations for the festival will be starting from early July, in scenic areas of Nanshan Mountains, Tianya Haijiao and Wuzhizhou Island in Sanya where preliminaries for the event will be held.
Sanya and Nanshan Mountain hosted 18 years ago the First World Tai Chi and Health Conference, a pioneering event that demonstrated to the rest of the world for the very first time the might of Tai Chi and its deep-rooted cultural influence at home and beyond.
At the preliminaries, Tai Chi masters from across China will challenge each other at rings set up in the scenic areas.
The top two from each preliminary event will compete with winners of this year’s national and international Tai Chi competitions, in the finals in October.
According to the Hainan sports authorities, the contest combines Hainan’s rich tourism resources such as island views with traditional Chinese martial arts.
Such a sports contest will better promote Hainan as a leisure destination, especially in the healthcare tourism sector, the organizers said.
Source: China Daily Update: July 6, 2019