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Five Flowers of Yu County---蔚县五朵花

[作者:闫文国 转贴自:本站 点击数:126 更新时间:2018-05-15 文章录入:FiveFlowersofYuCountyWeiXianWuDuoHua]



 Yu County lies in the very north west part of Hebei Province and it is famous for its five flowers.


Window paper cuts---窗花

 

Paper cut of Yu County is a Chinese folk cut of the fine arts. I have seen paper cuts but I have never enjoyed making paper  cuts for window decorations with scissors. Folk artists sit in the ordinary rooms creating extraordinary works. It is said that it takes a year and half to finish one called "The Buddha". 


Edelweiss --- 雪绒花 

Edelweiss, edelweiss, 
Every morning you greet me. 
Small and white, 
Clean and bright, 
You look happy to meet me. 


Blossom of snow, 
May you bloom and 
grow, 
Bloom and grow forever. 


Edelweiss, edelweiss, 
Bless my homeland forever. 
Small and white, 
Clean and bright, 
You look happy to meet me. 


Blossom of snow 
May you bloom and grow, 
Bloom and grow forever. 
Edelweiss, edelweiss, 
Bless my homeland forever.

 

From the lovely song I began to know Edelweiss and it should be pure white, small but strong. It gave me a shock when I was told Edelweiss could be found in mountains in Yu County.


Apricot flowers---杏花 

It is a pity that we missed the best time to appreciate apricot flowers all over the mountains only because there was a cold wave just before we came and it destroyed and blew away the pink flowers.


Wood/stone carving  ---雕花


It is art to carve  the wood or hard stones but the artists there can use their smart hands to draw vivid pictures in them. I think they are carving out their life. So there are gate piers in front of the local people’s houses carved lions or tigers or crickets. Can you hear the august animals' roaring ? Can you hear the crickets singing their songs?


Iron flowers---打铁花

 

To melt the blocks of iron into liquid, it takes time. To carry the jar of melted iron which can be up to 1600 degrees centigrade , it takes strength. To throw the burning hot liquid up at the ancient city wall, it takes bravery. To have a sheepskin coat on to protect themselves during the show, it takes money. To make it spread in the sky to look like a gorgeous fireworks, it takes skills and techniques. Please do not worry! Performers could do all the above beautifully. Your job there is just to open your eyes wide and applaud wildly and thunderously.

(All the pictures above are from the internet.)

 

 




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