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The traditional Tengchong shadow play

Tengchong shadow play (皮影戏) origin can be traced back to 170 years.

The play is based on legends, historical novels, and folklore.

Shadow play is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment that uses flat articulated cut-out figures which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim.

Belonging to western accents school, the play is famous for sprightly rhythm and passionate mood. The players now preserve thousands of puppets as well as hundreds of programs that are featured by excellent performance and vivid images.

Traditional Tengchong shadow play images

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