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National intangible cultural heritage: Zhangqiu xinzi

Zhangqiu xinzi is a traditional form of juggling that originated in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). To banish evil spirits and pray for fortune, boys and girls dressed up as gods and stood on a table or a shelf. The folk art consists of acrobatics, makeup, and costumes.

Zhangqiu xinzi was included as part of the second batch of national intangible cultural heritage projects in 2008.

Children in costumes perform Zhangqiu xinzi. [Photo/WeChat account: jinrizhangqiu]

Xinzi, a traditional folk art, is performed. [Photo/WeChat account: jinrizhangqiu]

Xinzi features acrobatics, makeup, and costumes. [Photo/WeChat account: jinrizhangqiu]

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