Lunhua sparkles in Luanping county, North China
By Liang Zhiqing
People's Daily app
Local folk artists performed lunhua, a local tradition involving pouring molten iron to create a fiery visual spectacle, at the foot of the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall in North China’s Hebei Province on Tuesday. (Photos: Liang Zhiqing/People’s Daily; Compiled by Zhu Dan)
Lunhua in Luanping has a history of more than 300 years. It is now performed at tourist destinations across the county, bringing a great experience to tourists. Performers use a long-handled ladle to scoop up molten iron and then skillfully swing it around, often in intricate patterns, to create a spectacular display of sparks.
Lunhua is performed in major traditional Chinese festivals such as Chinese New Year and the Lantern Festival, expressing villagers’ wishes for a good harvest.
Lunhua was listed as part of China’s national intangible cultural heritage in 2014.
"I am overwhelmed by the beautiful lunhua performance. The trip to Jinshanling was worth it," audience member Ms. Lu said. "We could only climb the Great Wall during the day and rest at night before, now we can enjoy a folk performance at night."
According to Liang Zhifu, a master of the lunhua tradition, artists swing a slim barrel to let sparks of molten iron fly, forming a huge and dazzling halo.