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Benin celebrates its first World Tai Chi Day | Updated: 2018-05-03 10:13
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A child performs during a demonstration at the Friendship Stadium's square in Cotonou on World Tai Chi Day in Benin, April 28, 2018. [Photo/official WeChat Account of the China Culture Center in Benin]

Organized by the China Culture Center in Benin, the 2018 World Tai Chi Day was held at the Friendship Stadium's square in Cotonou on April 28.

The event attracted nearly 200 martial arts enthusiasts from across the country, ranging in age from 4 to 70. It was organized as a bid to popularize the tai chi fitness concept and further advance China-Benin friendly ties.

Alejandro Ortega, Venezuelan ambassador to Benin; Wei Jun, cultural counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Benin and director of the China Culture Center in Benin, and other Beninese and Chinese officials attended the event, along with over 800 local visitors.

Led by Fang Yifa, the martial arts coach at the China Culture Center in Benin, performers clad in red, white and yellow costumes mounted the platform, decoratedwith elements resembling in and yang forces of tai chi. Thanks to a month-long training at the cultural center, their demonstration of tai chi's 24 postures, featuring perfect smoothness and the balance of yin and yang, amazed the local spectators.

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