This was the second of Ahng Yimou's shows we saw on the tour around southern China. It's supposed to have the Jade Mountain as a backdrop, however, the day we were there it was pretty wet with loads of low cloud, so no backdrop.
Around 400 local ethnic Naxi, Bai and Yi people were selected from nearby towns and villages to participate in the performance. They dress up in their ethnic costumes and accessories to perform the singing and dancing.
As you can see it is another grand-scale spectacular! It was pretty wet the day we were there. I am not sure if they always do the show in wellies!
The traditional written language in these parts is hieroglyphics, so presumably, these paddles have messages of great import on them.
Our guide wanted us to sit in the very back row. This was a top-tip. Firstly it allows you to stand up if you want a better view, but also, some of the performance comes round the back of the ampitheatre so you are less than a metre away from the action. Finally, it is where the performers congregate before entering through the audience so you see them chatting and relaxed so feel more a part of it. To be honest, the view of the main performance area is at least as good with some height too so win-win!
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I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.