After two years we went back to the Empire of Dwarfs, a crazy theme park not far from Kunming.
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References to Snow White are disappeared, but dwarfs are still the main attraction. A number of dwarfs, a deformed calf and a talented acrobat from Xinjiang are the main attractions of the theme park. Twice a day dwarf dancers and dwarf singers perform in front of an audience of families and schools. If at first glance, this crazy idea of creating a theme park based on dwarfs can at least be perplexing, for these people who come from all parts of China, is certainly one of the few alternatives to a life of begging. If you want to know more, read here or here.
UPDATE: A friend told us the Empire has been shut down recently (2015)!
The kingdom of the Chinese dwarfs
Pictures & video by Matteo Damiani, Music by Felix l'AmourEnter your email address to subscribe to China-underground and receive notifications of new posts by email.