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Travels on the Back Roads and Towns of Rural China
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Jiaozuo, Henan Province


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Town Shot 
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  Another Town Shot
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Typical Housing 
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  Bike Repair Shop
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Daily Life in the Early Morning 
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 Street Life in Beijing 
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Cooking a "Live" Meal with Friends in Beijing's American Cowboy Restaurant 
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Arriving in Tun Xi, An Hui Province 
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The Long Train Ride to Shanghai 

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Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this trip occurred while traveling through the back roads (no Government tour guides, only family) of the Hebei, Henan, and Shandong provinces. Coupled with our official tour of Huang Shan (Yellow Mountain) and Shanghai, the vastness and diversity of China became apparent. Although there has been rapid exonomic development in the coastal cities, much of China remains wedded to agriculture and farming. This was especially observed in the Henan and An Hui provinces. Although none of this was tied directly to the martial arts, one can only imagine GM Liu travlieng these regions by horseback and taking on martial arts challenges during the early part of the 20th century. Many of his travels took place in the Hebei and Shandong regions under the auspices of his senior gongfu brother, General Zhang, "Skin Scrapper", Xiang-wu. It was General Zhang, stationed in Shandong province, who was primarily responsible for arranging GM Liuís acquisition of the Yin Fu bagua zhang and six harmony praying mantis martial arts systems.
Qingdao Tournament
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Preparing for Opening Ceremony Entrance
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Opening Ceremony Drumming
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Opening Ceremony Lion Dance 
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 Lion Dance 
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Opening Speech by Zhang Wei-fu
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Good Friend, Kelly, 1998 Travel Guide, Now an English Teacher in Jinan
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