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Shanghai residents enjoying art and culture at a night school

Shanghai residents enjoying art and culture at a night school

Ti Gon

People learn vocal music at night school in Pudong New Area.

As Shanghai’s street lights light up the night, many locals are putting on their hats after a long day of work.

But for some, the night brings renewed vigor, and the city’s night schools officially begin their fall semester this week.

Serving all 16 districts of Shanghai, this year’s evening school courses incorporate arts and culture with a particular focus on intangible cultural heritage classes.

On Monday night, at Jingwu Sports Park in downtown Hongkou District, resident female Yu Yaping hugged for the first time. Mizon Quan red chinese night class martial arts suit.

Yonesosenor Mizong Fist, a style of Chinese martial arts, belongs to the “Long Fist” Kung Fu family and can be traced back to the Shaolin Temple during the Tang Dynasty (AD618-907).

“This is my third time attending the evening class,” Yu told Shanghai Daily.

“I had heard about Keibu Taiiku for a long time, so I applied when the school opened.”

Jingwu Sports Park grew out of the Chin Woo Athletic Federation, founded in 1910 by Chinese kung fu legend Huo Yuanjia. Mizon Quan It is designated as a national intangible cultural property.

Shanghai residents enjoying art and culture at a night school

Ti Gon

residents learn Mizon Quana style of Chinese martial arts in downtown Hongkou District.

“Practicing Chinese martial arts not only teaches you about traditional Chinese culture, but it also strengthens your body,” introduced Xu Bin, the class’s instructor.

“There are 72 moves Mizon Quan, we narrowed down a third of the movements to 27 movements, making it easy for students to master in the 12 lessons this semester. ”

Evening classes are non-profit. A semester of 12 lessons costs only 500 RMB (77 USD).

However, securing a place is not easy. This semester he sold out online in just five minutes in August, amidst the growing popularity of night schools among locals.

“When applications started, I tried very hard to snatch a class online,” said another student named Xie.

“I’m a big fan of Chinese martial arts, I think learning those skills will help me improve my physique,” she added.

In addition to Chinese martial artsthe ballet course also started its first class at 7:00 p.m.

Choose from 168 courses ranging from makeup arts to calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting and vocal music.

Of the classes available, 146 are offline courses and 22 are online courses, available to residents of the Yangtze River Delta region.

In suburban Minhang District, all 14 districts have their own evening classes, for a total of 20 different courses.

The offline class starts at 7pm and lasts 1.5 hours.

Besides sports parks, classes are held at art galleries, libraries, museums, public service centers, universities, commercial buildings and parks.

A total of 3,200 students enrolled in the fall semester and all classes are conducted under strict pandemic prevention and control.

Shanghai residents enjoying art and culture at a night school

Ti Gon

A night school in downtown Huangpu offers make-up classes.