The Kingdom of the Little People, Kunming, Yunnan.
The Empire of Dwarfs or Kingdom of the Little People, was a bizarre theme park not far from Kunming.
When we arrived here for the second time, references to Snow White disappeared, but dwarfs were 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 performed in front of an audience of families and schools. If at first glance, this idea of creating a theme park based on dwarfs could be perplexing, for these people coming from all parts of China, was certainly one of the few alternatives to a life of begging.
UPDATE: A friend told us the Empire has been shut down recently (2015).
The kingdom of the Chinese dwarfs
Pictures & video by Matteo Damiani
The article was originally published on Aug 8, 2011, Latest update Jul 18, 2019
Topic: dwarf theme park in China,dwarfs empire in China,china dwarf empire,dwarf empire documentary
CHINA-UNDERGROUND. Matteo Damiani is an Italian sinologist, photographer, author and motion designer. Matteo lived and worked for ten years in China. Founder of CinaOggi.it and China-underground.com.