Lion dance in Baizhifang
The lion dance in Baizhifang was created in 1740, the fifth year of Emperor Qianlong’s reign during the Qing Dynasty; the dance has experienced ups and downs several times. The Baizhifang lion was modeled after the stone lions in front of the Taihe (Supreme Harmony) Hall in the Palace Museum (Forbidden City). It has a wide forehead and large, sunken eyes, a large red mouth and an upturned nose, making it look powerful and ferocious. Around its neck there are seven big copper bells. The lion’s head weighs 17.5 kilograms, and it is four meters long. Folk lion dancing is amusing, but it also serves the cause of good health, because it is good exercise.
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