Many people have seen a Lion Dance on TV or in person. However, few people know about the String Lion Dance, which can be only seen in Huotong town, Ningde, south China’s Fujian province. With a history dating back to more than 1,300 years, the string lion dance is a unique folk entertainment art form, as well as a special acrobatic performance featuring animal impersonations. The Huotong String Lion Dance is characterized by controlling the lion’s various movements with strings. The show is a perfect combination of artistic and martial arts skills. Originally, the string lion dance was performed in street processions and later staged on fixed stages.
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