Arts and traditions
The Taiping Drum Dance in Lanzhouis more than 600 years old. Taiping literally means "peace" in Chinese.
The Quzi Opera is a folk play popular in the five provinces of northwestern. It developed from the folk melodies of the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911).
The Daoqing Opera is popular in theYellow Rivervalley. It comes from the story-telling of Taoist priests and dates back to the Jiuzhen and Chengtian Taoist lyrics of theTang Dynasty(618-907).
The Hexi Corridor is topographically a basin in the north of Gansu province in western China. It got the name for its location in the west of the Yellow River.
King Gesar is a heroic Tibetan epic. It was passed down through generations in a combination of song and narration for over 1,000 years.
The Yugur Ethnic Minority mostly live from the middle of the Hexi Corridor west to the Yellow River in Gansu province. They are thought to have a close kinship with the ancient Uygur Ethnic Minority Group who now lives mainly in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.