The World of Chinese




The harvest is a time of thanksgivi­ng all around rural China, but the villagers of Zhongtuan, Fujian province, prefer to show gratitude in a peculiar way: by performing dangerous acrobatics of ancient origins, such as walking barefoot on hot coals and climbing up a ladder of swords, all of which pay tribute to their ancestors' hardships and leave the performers miraculous­ly unhurt. How do they do it? That's a secret the villagers will never tell.

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