This thing is FUN! I have no experience with Chinese broadswords so I can't say it handles like a steel-bladed one, but honestly there's no doubt it makes a fine trainer. It will never break in combat.
I bought this, the Cold Steel Gladius Trainer, the Cold Steel Bokken Polypropylene trainer, and we love them. Me and me brothers (Me 18, brother A-16, and brother B-13) sparred for 3 hours tonight, it was fun and even though we all hurt we can say that we're happy with the purchase.