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Folk dance in Zhanjiang

Updated: 2014-12-23

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The local folk art consists of dance, music and sculpture.

Dance can be divided into two genres based on spatial dimension.

The first genre is the plane performance. It features the performance on a two-dimensional stage and has characteristics of the Renlong dance from Donghai Island.

The second genre is the three-dimensional performance. The art form breaks through restraints on a two-dimensional stage and explores vertical space. It's mainly expressed in High-Pile Lion and Wuyingxiong dances.

Renlong Dance

The Renlong dance, which literally means the dance of people and dragon, is the most famous folk dance in Leizhou Peninsula. The dance features distinct rhythm, a powerful drumbeat, and an imposing and inspiring style. There are two branches of Renlong dances on Donghai Island and Shentang.


The dance integrates elements of martial arts. Zhanjiang people drew inspiration from their daily work, and simulated the movements of an eagle and a mystical animal with a dragon head and phoenix tail. It's a popular dance in Lianjiang city.

Nuowu dance

Known to be called a living fossil of dance. The dancers wear ancient masks while dancing. It came from the Central Plains and southern Fujian province, and is now popular in many towns of Leizhou.

Centipede dance

The dance originates from Wushi town, Xuwen county, south of the Leizhou Peninsula. It's usually performed during the Mid-autumn Festival. The dancers look like crawling centipedes while dancing, thus the name Centipede Dance.

Pixiu Dance

The dance is a distinctive folk dance in Wuchuan city's Meilu town. Pixiu is a legendary beast, which is said to be more violent than a lion.