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Hanoi (Ha Long Bay)


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Excursion 3: Water Puppet Show
Tour Code: HLB-003
Tour Length: Half-Day (Approximately 2 hours)

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Journey to the Royal Park Resort for an exuberant performance of water puppetry. Devised more than a thousand years ago by villagers from the Red River Delta in northern Vietnam to celebrate the end of rice harvests, mark religious festivals and entertain the royal court, water puppetry has evolved over the centuries from folk art to a more established art form. An important part of Vietnam's cultural heritage, this theatric form, not found anywhere in the world but Vietnam, has a traditional link to the earth, water and the local rice farmers, and is referred to as Soul of the Rice Fields. The puppets range in height from 12 to 40 inches and weigh from two to ten pounds. Many of the puppets are so heavy and complex that two or three people are required to manipulate them. During the performance, the puppeteers hide themselves behind a long screen and manipulate the wooden puppets with bamboo rods and strings while standing chest-deep in water. The show depicts events in the country's history, infused with a blend of poetry, fireworks and the watery reflections of the brilliantly colored puppets. A traditional Vietnamese band sitting to the side of the stage accompanies the performance with the alluring music of bamboo flutes, drums, bells and single-string violins. Following the exhilarating performance, return to the ship.

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