Dances of China

The Lion Dance

In the past, the lion dance was a form of martial art. To inflict maximum pain on the enemy, the lion head was hard and heavy.

Friday, 27 January, 2012, 12:00am

Whose lion is it anyway?

On the first day of the year, more than 1,111 lions and 88 dragons - operated by more than 2,000 performers ranging from elderly men to young girls - collectively strutted their way from Central to Wan Chai.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Which Lunar New Year tradition do you like best and why?

Walter Mak Kiu-shun, 15, Ma On Shan St Joseph's Secondary School

11 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Bring on the lions, make some noise

Supervising kung fu warm-ups for nine children from the Ping Shek Catholic Primary School Lion Dance Team, martial arts master Ellis Lee Yun-fook says a perfect lion dance is all about mastering the animal's eight emotions.

1 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

A feat of strength

Lifting a three-kilogram lion head with two hands, Alan To Yiu-lun thrusts, dips, leaps, and jumps on bamboo stilts - with an average height of two metres - with ease. Then he climbs up a two-storey-high pole, performs various stunts before unfurling a fai chun with the words 'Happy Lunar New Year'.

The origin of lion dance can be traced back to the Han dynasty.

12 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

athlete of the week

Each week we talk to HK's brightest and best

Name Alan To Yiu-lun

Sport Lion and Dragon Dance

Achievements Alan To Yiu-lun, 20, is a powerful force in the Hong Kong Chan Ka Fai Dragon and Lion Association.

He joined the association more than seven years ago, and has helped them win several titles.

4 Feb 2008 - 12:00am


1985: Started learning kung fu and lion dance from his father and grandfather

1998: Completed Lion Dance Instructor Training Course

2000: Graduated from Chan Shu Kui Memorial School and began teaching lion dance in primary and secondary schools

2003: Won first prize at the International Dragon Dance and Lion Dance Race (Singapore)

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Lions and dragons spring into action

Crouching tigers and hidden dragons have leaped into action for the International Luminous Dragon Dance and Lion Dance Invitation Tournament 2001.

The tournament was organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and the Hong Kong Chinese Martial Arts Association. It was sponsored by the Hong Kong Sports Development Board.

29 Jan 2001 - 12:00am

Nine dragons to carry Kowloon

Kung fu master Lung Kai-ming, 61, has a busy schedule preparing for lion dance and dragon dance performances during the Lunar New Year holiday.

6 Feb 1997 - 12:00am


Name: Ha Kwok-cheung.

Age: 68.

Occupation: Lion dance 'king' of Hong Kong, master of Kung Fu and bone-setter/acupuncturist at his own headquarters in Sheung Wan.

19 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Lion dancers reap rewards

FIFTEEN students from the Buddhist Ho Nam Kam Prevocational College are among the most excited children in the territory.

They have been selected in the school's lion dancing team and are feeling the pressure of having to perform well at the Chinese New Year Parade.

18 Feb 1996 - 12:00am