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it's almost 12am Singapore time, I've been rushing some translation projects the whole evening, can now hardly keep my eyes open...:)

maybe just post one photo before I go to bed later. This is not very fantastic work I would say, for there is a little over-exposed in some area, the composition could be better as well, but I still like it and would like to share with all.

It was taken during my trip to Chinatown, a local lion dance troupe was having routine practice outside their clubhouse. here, a senior was demonstrating the techinque on handling the lion head to his junior. I find the subject rather interesting, and tried to capture as many shots as possible(of course I've asked before taking)However, out of so many, I only managed to find this one satisfactory...

handling lion head is no easy task, it sort of like "multi-tasking" role, the dancer has to control the eyes, the ears, the mouth of the lion head at the same time with both his hands in order to bring life to the animal...and not forgetting his dance steps and the coordination with his partner who is in charged of the lion tail.

the lion we see here is known as "nan-shi" or southern lion. there's another type of lion dance known as "bei-shi" which means northern lion. Southern lion is common in the southern provinces of China such as Guangzhou, HongKong, Fujian etc. as most of Singapore Chinese immigrants in the early years were from southern provinces, that's why southern lion dance has taken root here.

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