The hosts of the show draped in the traditional
Everybody from everywhere, happy Chinese Dragon Year!
Chinese New Year's day 2012 falls on the national
day of Ming Dynasty. .
On January 23, 1368, the last Chinese dynasty Ming was born
when the first Ming emperor announced in Nanjing that Chinese
nation regained liberation and independence after nearly
100 years under an apartheid colonial rule of the Mongols.
What a great coincidence! Or is it just a coincidence?
By any account, 2012 the year of Chinese Dragon
will be a time of amazing significance. At this special turning
point, a group of young Chinese, most born in 80s, produced
a new year's show to celebrate the occasion. The following
are some images from the show which is recorded on a four-part
Chinese Dragon Dance
dragon guides the Chinese people to take up the challenges
imposed by misguided beasts
Chinese dragon guides Chinese people to face
up to challenges
from alien air force.
Dance of Dust Whisk (拂尘舞)
Clean up your messy house before opening
your gates for your guests.
Mini Drama (小品): How a sovereign lost his kingdom (无信无义助纣为虐者戒)
It was an era of Warring States (战国) long before Jesus,
the ambitious kingdom Qin (秦) in the west was a militarily
advanced super power and threatened everybody with war and
So the 6 small and weak kingdoms set up War-see Treaty Organization,
and elected Chu (楚) as the head of the 5+1 pack, with Qu
Yuan (屈原), a high official from Chu, working to ensure
the alliance's relevance and effectiveness to address the
border security challenges.
In order to break up this united front, Zhang Yi (张仪), Qin's
secretary of state, visited Chu. With generous offer of gold
and silver, he secretly recruited some court officials, top
consultants as his allies and constituents (线人). He also
covertly presented king's wife, a professional collector
of jewellery and precious stones, with a pair of white jade
that worth 100,000 gold ingots at market price. Thus the
greedy wife and the corrupted officials and the sinister
consultants made a joint effort to persuade the king to leave
the 5+1 pack and to form a strategic partnership with Qin
But the gang's attempt met with a strong opposition from
Qu Yuan who reminded the king that Qin meant war. Yet the
king was charmed by Zhang Yi's land deal that promised to
reward him 600 square lis if he withdraw from the alliance.
The king cried out in jubilance, allegedly, "600 lis,
my Heaven's, how many luxury houses can be developed there
and how many gm
rice can be planted there and how many golf courses can
be built there and how many GDP can be produced there ...." (oops,
we get carried away a bit too far and messed up two eras
Back to Qin. Allegedly, on his decree posted on a bamboo
slip publication The Eras, the king of Qin praised
the king of Chu as one of the nine top individuals, and the
only non Qin citizens, made the most notable contributions
to Qin's strategic military advancement, and invited the
Chu King to hold a G2 summit in the middle of somewhere (the
historical truth of this meeting part can be verified by
any history books). The Chu King accepted. Once again, Qu
Yuan urged the king not to go, and told his lord to his face
(allegedly too) that "a
kingdom without principle is like a man without dignity."
The angry king fired Qu Yuan and evicted him from the capital
to wild rural area, and it was in there the great patriot
created a large volume of poems which become the first class
classics in Chinese literary heritage.
Before long, the kingdoms that were betrayed by Chu imposed
an active military section against Chu. Instead of helping
Chu to defend itself, Qin took this opportunity to mount
an attack on its military partner. Eventually, Chu King was
captured when he was tricked to visit Qin for peace talk
and died as a war prisoner. Years later, the entire Chu kingdom
was destroyed by Qin army and a quarter million lives lost.
When Qu Yuan learned Chu's fate, he plunged into River Poluo
(汨罗江). It was year 278BC.
Hearing the news of the poet's death, the villagers sailed
little boats that were decorated with image of dragon head
as a way to scare away the creatures in river when they searched
for Qu Yuan's body, and fed fish with rice
snack wrapped in reed leaves in the hope that they would
spare the poet. Later, on that particular day each year,
Chinese all over the country would jump on dragon boats to
find Qu Yuan's trace in any river or lake, and late later
on, even Koreans joined the searching team and started to
look around in Korean waterways. 2,290 years late, late,
later, the annual search is still going on in full swing
on Duanwu festival (端午) which is on lunar 5th day of 5th
month, and the rescue effort is now extended to America,
Africa, Australia and Europe ......