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CHP Hosts “Sunny Shadows” Family Event

On November 19, Beijing children and their parents gathered at the Shichahai Shadow Puppet Performance Hotel for CHP’s second “Sunny Shadows” cultural heritage education event for families.

Before the performance, volunteers gave an introduction to the history of shadow puppetry in China and the story behind the performance, the Chinese folk legend “the turtle and the crane”. The children watched with wide eyes at the performance, quietly and earnestly following the puppets, a very cute sight indeed.

Kids watch the show with rapt attention!

Kids watch the show with rapt attention!

Afterwards, children who correctly answered questions about the performance were given a special gift: their very own mini shadow puppet dragon!

After their outstanding performance, Georgia and Ella (the little hosts of the program) earned their CHP volunteer credentials. After the performance, adults and children alike went behind the scenes to see how the puppets work and try their hand at puppetry. There was much laughter and warmth; in addition to experiencing the joy and charm of shadow puppetry, guests met new friends, and everyone enjoyed the warm and vibrant atmoshphere.

Performers explain the art of shadow puppetry

Performers explain the art of shadow puppetry

CHP will be honored if more people are able to understand and appreciate Chinese traditional shadow art, and CHP believes the next event will be even more successful!.

We would especially like to thank the Shichahai Shadow Art Performance Hotel, the shadow puppeteers for their wonderful performance, and hotel marketing director Samantha Fang for her support and assistance!

And a big thanks to our volunteers:

陈灿 Chen Can
曾进 Zeng Jin
Georgia
Ella
王建明 (James)
胡晨 Hu Chen
冯美湘 ( Katy)
李烁 Li Shuo
杜安卓 (Andrew)
鲍威 Bao Wei
焦阳 Zhao Yang
齐政 Qi Zheng

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