Huazhou District is located in Weinan city, Shaanxi, 70km away from Xi’an. It is named after Mount Hua. Shadow play and shaped dough are its representative customs.
I don’t know much about shadow play before. This time at a shadow play studio in Huazhou, I learnt a lot about this local art as for how they are made and played.
We also visited an old lady in Huazhou who is famous for sculpting dough. When I was learning sculpting dough with her, I felt how hard it is because it not only requires your patience but also rich imagination and careful observation of nature. If you like these local arts, Huazhou should be on your list.