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Sparkling folk performances to light up Nishan during Spring Festival

chinadaily.com.cn| Updated: January 25, 2022
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Folk artists perform a dragon dance in a shower of fireworks in Jining. [Photo/WeChat account of the Nishan Sacred Land]

Take a look at these sizzling photographs of performers staging dragon dances under a shower of exploding hot molten iron sparks that light up the night sky.

The spectacular scenery will be offered to tourists in the Nishan Sacred Land in Jining, East China's Shandong province from the first to the sixth day of the first lunar month (Feb 1-6) of the Chinese New Year.

The dragon dance art form is called Huolongganghua, which literally translates into "fire dragon and steel flowers". It is among the first batch of national intangible cultural heritage items in China.

Folk artists wave a flaming dragon in a shower of bright sparks to thrill audiences. In traditional Chinese culture, the performance is meant to expel evil spirits and pray for blessings and good harvests.

In addition to the sparkling show, lion dances, traditional Chinese magic, glove puppetry and many other traditional folk performances from across China will be staged in the Nishan Sacred Land to entertain tourists with a festive Chinese atmosphere.

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Hot molten iron explodes into a shower of sparks that light up the night sky in Jining. [Photo/WeChat account of the Nishan Sacred Land]

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Folk artists perform a dragon dance in a shower of sparks in Jining. [Photo/WeChat account of the Nishan Sacred Land]