Why did the program choose Foshan “Lion dancing”?
There are two kinds of lion dancings, the north faction and the south faction. The south lion dancing is called “Xing Shi”(醒狮) because of its smart shape. Born in Luzhou village at the foot of Xiqiao Mountain in 1847, kung fu master Wong Fei-Hung had a strong sense of justice and was ready to help others. His Nanquan kung fu like lion dancing, “Foshan shadowless kick”, tiger-crane martial arts were inherited, recorded and introduced to the world by his student Lin Shirong. In 1993, “Once Upon A Time in China 3”, the third film of Wong Fei-Hung series was on. The film presented that the fearless lion dancing martial arts of Wong Fei-Hung greatly raised the morale of bullied Chinese at that time, showing the awesome pride and unyielding spirit of Chinese people. The lion heads used in that movie came from Foshan “Li's lion head”. “Li's lion head” was created in the Daoguang period of the Qing Dynasty with a history of 200 years. The Li’s is the only family that has been making lion heads for five consecutive generations in Foshan. In 2008, Foshan lion head making artistry was selected as the national intangible heritage project. Nowadays, as martial arts spreading and more people learning it across the world, Foshan lion dancing has become a well-known cultural symbol.
“Fei Fan Jiang Xin” program of BTV is a first cultural experience program about craftsman spirits in China. The show host Zhang Guoli will seek the cultural inheritors of national treasure and rare craftsmen with mysterious guests every episode, injecting vitality into traditional artistry during a blend of the old and the new.
Xu Lan, the producer of “Fei Fan Jiang Xin”, said that Foshan is the headstream of lion dancing and the hometown of martial arts. For Chinese people, especially the middle-aged and the young, the culture of martial arts and lion dancing in Foshan is deep-rooted. Everybody knows Wong Fei-Hung. If we want to shoot lion dance, come to Foshan!”
Xiqiao will become an important part of Gollywood
Xiqiao has rich resources for films and televisions shooting. Many shooting crews like TVB, “Hometown” program of CCTV, “Mansioni’s View Point” program of Phoenix TV were attracted by beautiful scenery such as Xiqiao Mountain the “Mountain of Neo-Confucianism”, well-constructed National Arts Studio and unique Lingnan villages.
In December, 2016, Gollywood southern films and televisions center was launched in Foshan. Foshan is building a landmark city for film shooting in the world. Historical landscapes, subtropics natural landscapes and cultural landscapes including Xiqiao Mountain, Foshan Ancestral Temple, Ancient Nanfeng Klin, Qinghui Garden and Nanguo Peach Garden are selected and organized into a list open to shooting crews around the world for free, forming a comprehensive and systematic film-shooting service system.
So far, Gollywood is developing gradually. It is estimated that more shooting crews of films, televisions and variety shows will come to Foshan in the future.
Premiere: at 21:18 on February 26 (Sunday) on “Fei Fan Jiang Xin” program of Beijing TV or midnight on February 27 on Youku.
Written by Arrietty