Sil­ver is syn­ony­mous with the Miao and Dong eth­nic groups. The glit­ter­ing me­tal is also the high­light of a unique mul­ti­me­dia drama in the Qian­dong­nan Miao and Dong au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture in the south­east of the Guizhou prov­ince. Zhu Xingxin shares some col

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SUNDAY IMAGE -

The sil­ver- or­na­mented civ­i­liza­tion of the Miao and Dong eth­nic groups has been handed down since the Qin and Han dy­nas­ties, and to­day it is ever more vi­brant. Based on the bloom­ing of sil­ver in­dus­try, a 3- D per­for­mance called Yinxiu ( Sil­ver Show) rolls out the his­tory and cul­tures be­hind the shin­ing or­na­ments and presents the vivid eth­nic cul­ture and land­scape of the se­cluded part of Guizhou, where the Miao and Dong peo­ple are liv­ing. The drama com­bines songs, mu­sic and dance with other per­form­ing arts, such as ac­ro­bat­ics, shadow plays and stunts to pro­vide an in­sight into their way of life.

The col­or­ful cos­tumes re­flect the rich cul­ture and his­tory of the an­cient eth­nic groups.

The wind-and-rain bridge, a unique ar­chi­tec­ture of the Dong peo­ple, ro­tates 360 de­grees on stage.

Sil­ver is big busi­ness in the au­ton­o­mous pre­fec­ture, with 80 per­cent of vil­lagers in­volved in it.

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