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17:03 Apr 02 2009

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Traditional Tibetan dance popular in Qinghai's Xining
14:49, April 02, 2009  

The dance of Guozhuang (Tibetan bonfire dance), which could be seen in Tibetan-inhabited pastoral areas only, has been becoming increasingly popular in Xining inhabited by multi-ethnic groups.

Both in the morning and evening, people from various ethnic groups can be seen dancing Guozhuang on the squares or in the parks of Xining, capital city of northwest China's Qinghai Province. Via the dance, people share the joy of life and make friends with one another in the slowly-moving circle.

Tibetan people dance Guozhuang on a square to celebrate the Tibetan New Year in Xining, capital of northwest China's Qinghai Province, on February 25, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Guozhuang, also called Zhuo Dance, is one of the most famous folk dances of the Tibetan people. As a group dancing, dozens of or even hundreds of people make a circle and move clockwise. The bouncy beat and diversity of forms make Guozhuang popular among the public.

"Previously, only on important festive and religious occasions could people in the pastoral areas get together and dance Guozhuang," said Zhuomaben, a Tibetan herder from Haibei Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northeastern Qinghai Province, "I feel so proud that Guozhuang now can be seen in the downtown city and loved by local residents."

Zhuomaben added that Guozhuang in the city both kept the original ethnic features and included some urban elements, compared to that in pastoral areas. All of the people, men and women, old and young, enjoy the same dance, embodying the friendliness and inclusiveness of Tibetan culture. 

Cheng Jincheng, a professor from Lanzhou University, said after watching Guozhuang, "Despite different costumes and diverse postures, every move and expression of the dancers look so natural. There is no disguise or bias but harmony brought by the inner delight. Maybe this is the essence of popular culture."


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