Friday, July 13, 2012

Men With Chains Whacking Large Tops

It takes a lot to surprise us in China, but we can honestly say that this was the first time we have ever come across this particular type of recreation.

While walking through a park in Yanjiao, we happened upon two men holding six-foot (or so) long chains. They were using the chains in a whip-like manner, with the goal being to crack them right at the base of these rather large tops that were spinning on the ground. The aim of the whip-cracking was to keep the tops spinning, which the men (perhaps a father-son duo) had no problem whatsoever doing.

Every time the chains hit the ground, they made a loud "thwack!" that reverberated through the park. Cool! (And also a bit unnerving...)



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