Shadow Puppet Theater

Wuzhen, China

In Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province, China is a lovely traditional folk-art venue called the Shadow Puppet Theater or Shadow Play House. During the Southern Song Dynasty, the art of shadow-play puppetry was a very popular form of entertainment all over China, which continued till the 1940s. Today, Wuzhen is the only place where you can see this wonderful art form. Handmade translucent puppets made with sheep or cattle hide are hung on strings and projected onto a screen. Legends and folklore are enacted through the puppets with the accompaniment of the flute, pipa, and erhu. Wuzhen is the town that has kept the beautiful art alive since centuries.

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