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Overseas students learn Chinese lion dance at Dalian

By Zhang Xiaomi | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2017-09-26 20:32

Ten students from Nigeria and Zambia learned how to perform Chinese lion dance at the Jinpu New Area in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning province.

During the 35-day training course, they learned from Li Mingxu, the fifth generation successor of the Jinzhou Lion Dance, a provincial intangible cultural heritage that has been passed from generation to generation for more than a century.

They kept practicing from morning until night, trying to master the basic skills of lion dance, routines and instrumental music within a short period.

The cultural center of the Jinpu New Area also arranged some courses for them to know about other traditional Chinese culture such as Chinese calligraphy, seal cutting, folk dance, paper-cutting, and pottery.

The training course on the Chinese lion dance is part of the 2017 China Africa Cultures in Focus, an activity held by the Bureau for External Cultural Relations of Chinese Ministry of Culture to strengthen the cultural communication between China and African countries.

The cultural center of the Jinpu New Area has undertaken the course for three consecutive years since 2015.

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