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Devlin's Travels In China

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Outreach member John Devlin brings us on a tour of Chinese culture in this series of fascinating movies. The reaction to filming was actually quite positive as can be seen when he moved around the dancers. People of all ages are dancing, with two unknown songs being played through the built-in loud speakers. We would love to hear more from other viewers about where this singing and dance originate. Please post a comment if you know more!

"This video in from Fuling which is part of Chongqing and it was made at the beginning of June 2016. Chongqing is one of the biggest conurbations in China and indeed the world. It is all hills so a great place to walk around if you want to get fit. As you may or may not know Chinese people take to dancing in the evenings when the weather is fine. Here there are a lot of couples dancing but usually it is mainly ladies. People come to dance in all big squares and plazas and some small ones as well. In a big square there may be several groups dancing. Someone supplies the music and then they attract followers. I think regulars may pay a small sum but usually anyone passing can join in.

Different groups favour different kinds of music from this sedate kind of stuff to the loud pumping sounds. Some even dress up for the dancing particularly ethnic groups like the Ughurs who wear their local costume. a local costume Sometimes everyone dresses in the same colour."

 

More from John in the coming months, stay tuned :)

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