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Music for Army

A celebration of affection.

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Tashkorgan, August 21st 2012

Silk Road Castle Square was not only majestic, but also rousing. I double salute the singers understanding on what altitude we were standing. Where did they get their breath to make such long high pitches?

It was a regret of mine that I didn't document the dance performance by the Tajiks. No, I didn't miss it. I was actually just in time when I eventually managed descending the rocky Stone Fortress. From my most adventurous steps on the fortress, I already could hear the enchanting Tajik traditional music. But, thinking they'll be performing till night falls, I explored the grassland first. Hence, I forfeited my luck. The next performances were by Chinese dancers accompanied by Chinese music. The Tajik dancers left the stage and only a few stayed watching the rest of the performances. Look, how lovely their costumes are! Elegant.

This event was obviously carried out for the Chinese army entertainment.

Here's a short recording of the performance. Even though I couldn't understand the words, which is not a surprise, the spirit was strong-felt on me. The music successfully stirred up my Chinese blood and lifted my pride up. Who wouldn't want to give their life to serve the great China? It was kind of that feeling. However, it was easy to bring myself back down to earth. Just remember toilet.

This boy ran to the stage to give a bunch of flowers to the female army.

Graceful, isn't it?

Usually people put up paintings as stage background. Here, stage decorators will have to loose that chance to nature. Could there be a better background than this?

Moment of appreciation.

Honestly, I was astounded by this. I had always thought that the Chinese, especially men, aren't apt to show affection in public. This wasn't just one occasion. Other men came up and hugged her, too.

End of show.

Posted by automidori 06:55 Archived in China Tagged china music xinjiang tashkorgan

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