Qinghai Archery Festival 2011

 

 

Opening ceremony performance by the people of Ledu, Qinghai province, China. The archers from the Beijing team had matching uniforms, complete with helmets, horns and flags. As a team, I believe they came in 2nd place overall. In the background you can see some of the dancers from the opening ceremony waiting to perform. There was only one other Canadian archer at the festival. Chris has been living in China for three years, and has helped Aaron and other Chinese organizers promote local traditional archery. He was a definite group favorite, and I was really lucky to meet him. Korean Traditional Archery was represented by a team of five archers. (Mr. Lee is taking the photo.) Included in this photo are professor Kim Ki-hoon - 2nd from left - and Master Park on the far right. What a small world!
At the welcome dinner, I was able to meet the Korean team. Thanks to them, I was invited to participate in the Korean archery demonstration, and they also lent me some traditional clothes to wear. (The blue outfit seen in other photos.) Many different countries were represented in this archery festival and competition, including Slovakia. They had one of the most well-orgnized teams, and later won an award for just that. Peter Bogar (middle) also had one of the strongest bows, around 150 pounds, which was a fascination among many participating archers. Romania was represented by three archers; Christian, Christian and Eugen. They were extremely friendly competitors, as well as being very well dressed for the entire festival! Xuuer and Christian at the shooting line. Every shooting group was comprised of different countries and individuals. The gentleman facing backwards is about the draw his bow and loose an arrow in an unconventional manner.
One of Sweden's archers. The Ledu festival was a really great opportunity to see such a variety of traditional bows from around the world used so well! Like much of the equipment at the competition, these arrows were handmade.  Group photo from the last day of competition. Once all the arrows had been loosed, it was a chance for everyone to relax and focus on socializing.  At the closing ceremony. Me with one of the organizers for the tournament. I believe his English name was Aaron, and he is a driving force behind the Chinese traditional archery movement. If any of this information is inaccurate, please email me and I will update it immediately.