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- Provincial delegations show local traditional sports at China's 11th Ethnic Games
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Players from provincial delegations were featured at the ongoing China 11th Ethnic Games, showcasing their local traditional sports and wowing the audience in Zhengzhou, the capital city of central China's Henan Province.
Opened last Sunday, the 9-day Ethnic Games features 194 exhibition events, including nearly 50 national intangible cultural heritage activities.
The zhongfan performance presented by the Beijing delegation is one of the country's national intangible cultural heritages.
A zhongfan is a traditional acrobatic item from Chinese folk culture. Originally it was used during imperial performances, but later it became more widely used for folk temple fairs.
During the performance, Zhongfan performers bear a "fan", a kind of tall pole with flags on it, on their forehead or arms and make various breathtaking acrobatic motions with the pole never falling to the ground.
The wonderful performance won applauses from the audience.
"Our Zhongfan is 11 to 13 meters high and weighs 30 jin (15 kilograms). So playing Zhongfan is an activity that requires physical strength and skill," said Wang Peng, a 42-year-old player from the Beijing delegation.
Wang has took part in five Ethnic Games on behalf of the Beijing delegation. He said he is proud of being able to use Zhongfan performances to inherit and pass on the traditional culture.
"We have a strong belief to inherit the art of Zhongfan, and pass on the treasures of the Chinese nation to future generations," said Wang.
Beijing Tianqiao Zhongfan enjoys the greatest fame. In 2006 Tianqiao Zhongfan was included in the list of national intangible cultural heritages.
The Ningxia Autonomous Region delegation from northwest China brought Dahuji, a competition that local farmers participate in, to the field at the Ethnic Games.
The activity of Dahuji evolved from house construction in the northwest China region.
In the game, players were divided into two teams. They put plant ashes and mud in the mold, and made mud bricks with stone pestles. Then the players had to race against the clock to put the bricks at a designated area.
In the competition, players sang the laborer's chant to cheer themselves on.
"During the competition, the laborer's chant makes the activity more lively. People have more confidence after the laborer's chant. We play Dahuji, and at the same time enjoy ourselves. It is rather lovely," said Wu Yong, a player from the Ningxia delegation.
Zhengzhou City, Henan Province, central China - Sept 13, 2019 (CCTV - No access Chinese mainland)
1. Various of Zhongfan performance
2. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wang Peng, player, Beijing delegation:
"Our Zhongfan is 11 to 13 meters high and weighs 30 jin (15 kilograms). So playing Zhongfan is an activity that requires physical strength and skill."
3. Various of Zhongfan performance
4. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wang Peng, player, Beijing delegation:
"We have a strong belief to inherit the art of Zhongfan, and pass on the treasures of the Chinese nation to future generations."
5. Various of Zhongfan performance
6. Players from Ningxia delegation entering competition field
7. Various of Dahuji competition in progress, players singing laborer's chant
8. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Wu Yong, player, Ningxia delegation (starting with shot 7):
"During the competition, the laborer's chant makes the activity more lively. People have more confidence after the laborer's chant. We play Dahuji, and at the same time enjoy ourselves. It is rather lovely."
9. Various of Dahuji competition in progress, players singing laborer's chant
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