2008 Photo Contest, Arts and Entertainment, 3rd prize

Qi Xiaolong

Tianjin Daily

01 January, 2007

A storyteller entertains his audience in a teahouse. The ancient art of storytelling was labeled as reactionary after the 1949 communist revolution and suppressed. In recent years it has seen a revival, with new teahouses - a traditional venue for listening to the myths and old tales - opening across the country. Storytellers perform in stylized, high-pitched voices, illustrating their narratives with gesture, often accompanied by musical instruments.

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Qi Xiaolong

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