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[Travel Guide] [Jiangsu] Fuzi Miao Culture Festival [Copy link] 中文

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Date: Late April


Fuzi Miao Culture Festival begins in late April, which makes Nanjing's historic district livelier with many traditional performances being showed. Held in the public square in front of the Fuzi Miao, the festival offers a good chance for tourists to see a wide variety of traditional dances and folk crafts. In addition to the dragon and lion dances, which have become a symbol of China around the world, there are also less well known but equally fascinating Jiangsu folk dances such as the lantern dance and the river oyster dance. In addition to being a great show, these performances are a window for foreigners to better understand traditional Chinese culture. The dancers' costumes are a riot of color, especially in the lion dance, during which the huge lion heads are festooned with spangles and sequins. Performed outdoors in the bustling Fuzi Miao, in front of an ancient temple, the setting of the festival truly recreates the mood of the temple fairs and festivals where these dances were originally held.

In addition to the dances, the festival also showcases many of Jiangsu's folk arts. While traditional arts like Chinese paper cutting and wood carving are beautiful to see and could make great souvenirs, it's even more fascinating to see the process of how they are being made. During the festival you can see craftsmen working on traditional paper cuttings, carving tree roots, making kites, doing miniature carving, and even making "iron pictures," a unique craft which is the result of an argument between a blacksmith and a painter over the merits of their respective crafts. The festival begins on the last weekend in April and lasts for 15 days.

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