is based on a Chinese musical movie made
in 1961. You could call this a light show
or a stage show but it is neither. This
is a major production with a cast of 600
singers, dancers, bamboo boats and cormorants
bids. However, the stand out performer is
definitely the background scenery. The
backdrop is the karst peaks and they are
lit up by coloured lights.
The 600 people sing and dance
with flame-torches, traditional costumes
and illuminated costumes (bulbs) together
with ducks, comorants, water buffalos. All
this takes place on the river on rafts,
movable gangways and also on the banks.
There is some screechy Chinese Opera style
music but the rest is more contemporary.
The show was designed and directed
by Zhang Yimao, who has been awarded to
task of directing the opening ceremony at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Liu San Jie (Third Sister Liu)
and her stories are very popular among the
Zhuang people in southwest Guangxi Zhuang
Autonomous Region. According to the local
tale, Liu San Jie was born in a village
along the Liujiang River of Guangxi in the
Tang Dynasty (618-907). She was not only
beautiful but also good at singing folk
songs. At the age of 17, Liu San Jie fell
in love with a handsome young man who was
also a good folk singer. The two swore never
separate in their lives.
The peaceful happiness was,
however, broken by a hooligan in the village
who had been for a long time attracted by
Liu's beauty. This evil man decided to take
Liu San Jie by force. He got his chance
on a moonlight night when Liu and her lover
were sitting on a big rock at riverside
to enjoy the beauty of the moon. Suddenly,
a gang of hooligans surrounded them. Liu
San Jie and her lover had no way to escape,
with no hesitation, the couple jumped into
the roaring Liujiang River, hand in hand.
Nowadays, on the day of March 3, local people
will gather along the riverside of the Liujiang
River, organizing a folk-song competition
to mourn Liu San Jie.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.