Wooden rod puppetry is listed as national intangible cultural heritage. Yangzhou wooden rod puppetry has a history of more than a thousand years. Performers manipulate wooden rods connected to puppets so that the figurines can move. The puppets are ingeniously designed, making their movements quite flexible.
The Yangzhou Puppet Research Institute, one of China’s largest performing arts groups for puppetry, have a classic puppet show in store for you. The performance incorporates calligraphy, traditional Chinese painting, opera, dance and more. The art troupe has performed in more than 40 countries and regions. Now it’s your chance to see them!
Are puppets better than real actors? Watch the wooden rod puppet show below and decide for yourself!