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Shehuo in Huocheng

Updated: 2014-03-28
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Popular recreations, such as lion dance, dragon dance, stilts, land boat, yangko (a rural folk dance) and waist drum , are called shehuo by people in Huocheng county.

Shehuo in Huocheng

In the last years of the Qing Dynasty(1644-1911), Huiyuan and Suiding became the business centre of the Ili River area. Every year from the Spring Festival to the Lantern Festival, the two places’ chamber of commerce would organize a large shehuo performance. During Spring Festival, Huiyuan’s shehuo troupe first performed at the general’s office, then at shops and for rich landlords and lastly on the street. In Suiding, apart from the Spring Festival, shehuo would also be held during significant festivals and the election of government officials.

Shehuo in Huocheng

In 1944, shehuo disappeared in Xinjiang. However, in the early 1950s, during the Land Reform, yangko, waist drum and stilts performances revived.

After the third Plenary Session of the 11th Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, shehuo emerged in the county with increased numbers of programs and improving props. In the 1980s, shehuo included lion dance, dragon dance, stilts, land boat, yangko, waist drum, and so on. It lasted for over ten days from the start of the Spring Festival, and covered many other towns such as Qingshui River, Huiyuan, Lucaogou and Yichegashan.