The town of Longji, in China’s southwestern Guizhou province, dates back some 600 years. In an area populated primarily by ethnic minorities, Longji began life as a military garrison for the northern Han Chinese ethnic group, who were ruling the country. Now, with China’s Communist Party pushing ahead to forge a greater sense of national identity, students are learning the old ways in Longji – such as its ancient dragon dance, performed by dancers with painted faces. Xinhua photographer Ou Dongqu went to capture the lords of the dance – and the students.
Apr 04, 2019