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Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

In Brief: Part Two of our trip report on our 2014 Chinese New Year overnight trips in Yu County, Hebei Province.

During Chinese New Year we made several visits to see the festival action out in Yu County, Hebei Province.

In the area are several ancient towns and fortresses that fill up with performers and visitors during Chinese New Year, making it a very lively and interesting place to visit.

As well as traditional performances of opera, we also saw an evening performance of Dashuhua, where molten iron is flung against tall walls to create a shower of sparks!

As far as we can tell, the Dashuhua performance is only seen in this area, and only during Chinese New Year!

Read on to see photos from the performance, and of the other sights we saw while we were out and about.

“Tanghulu” – hawthorns and apricots coated with a sugary glaze, a traditional Northern Chinese winter snack - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

“Tanghulu” – hawthorns and apricots coated with a sugary glaze, a traditional Northern Chinese winter snack.

Taking a break from selling his wares - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Taking a break from selling his wares.

Antiques and old family treasures for sale on the streets - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Antiques and old family treasures for sale on the streets.

The entrance to an ancient fortress - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

The entrance to an ancient fortress.

Waiting for a performance to begin - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Waiting for a performance to begin.

The entrance to the fortress, through thick walls - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

The entrance to the fortress, through thick walls.

Youngsters enjoying the festivities - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Youngsters enjoying the festivities.

And the oldsters out for a look as well - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

And the oldsters out for a look as well.

Get a view of the performance any way you can! - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Get a view of the performance any way you can!

People watching the performance - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

People watching the performance.

The performance was popular - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

The performance was popular.

The local style of opera is called Hebei Bangzi - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

The local style of opera is called Hebei Bangzi.

Acting out a story on stage - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Acting out a story on stage.

A view of the show, from the ‘VIP’ section - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

A view of the show, from the ‘VIP’ section.

Everyone watching the performance - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

A view from the walls above – the ‘VIP’ section!

Incense and charms for sale - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Incense and charms for sale.

We spotted a “horse kid” running to get to his performance - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

We spotted a “horse kid” running to get to his performance.

Another “horse kid” - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Another “horse kid”.

More local performers - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

More local performers.

Dragon dancers - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Dragon dancers.

We were trying to pick some old molten iron off the ancient fortress wall - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

We were trying to pick some old molten iron off the ancient fortress wall.

The beginning of the Dashuhua performance - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

The beginning of the Dashuhua performance.

Dancers on the stage - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Dancers on the stage.

Two people carry in a bucket of molten iron; another flings it up to splash against the wall - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Two people carry in a bucket of molten iron; another flings it up to splash against the wall.

It’s said that this type of performance originated as a replacement for fireworks - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

It’s said that this type of performance originated as a replacement for fireworks.

The city wall and temple at Yu County were originally built in - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

The city wall and temple at Yu County were originally built in .

Climbing up to the temple - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Climbing up to the temple.

Inside the first courtyard of the temple - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Inside the first courtyard of the temple.

Hikers and local tourists enjoying the sun on the wall beside the temple - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Hikers and local tourists enjoying the sun on the wall beside the temple.

Trying some of the local snacks - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Trying some of the local snacks.

Eat up, kids! - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Eat up, kids!

We walked from the old part of the city to the more modern area - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

We walked from the old part of the city to the more modern area.

Big street sweepers - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Big street sweepers.

Sample some street food - Yu County CNY 2014 Overnighters, Part 2

Sample some street food.

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