甘肅皮影之鄉 The city of shadow play in China :P

Received in mid August 2013 via Postcrossing private swap.

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Stolen information no. 1:

慶陽環縣皮影是第一批國家級非物質文化遺產。

2002年6月9日,中國民俗學會正式命名環縣為「皮影之鄉」。

慶陽皮影歷史悠久。清末民初的皮影藝人解長春在皮影的製作和演唱諸方面,作了大膽的改進,給古老的皮影藝術以新的生命。解長春的傳人,繼承發展了解氏皮影藝術。

Source: Baidu Encyclopedia

Stolen information no. 2: (not the English translation of the above Chinese passage :P Sorry I’m a lazy blogger!)

Shadow play or also known as shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated figures (shadow puppets) to create or also known as shadow puppetry is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated figures (shadow puppets) to create Shadow puppets are cut-out figures which are held between a source of light and a translucent screen or scrim. The cut-out shapes of the puppets sometimes include translucent color or other types of detailing. Various effects can be achieved by moving both the puppets and the light source. A talented puppeteer can make the figures appear to walk, dance, fight, nod and laugh.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Ah, the prepaid stamp…

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