Lion Dance

Hold your head up high

As a child, Paul Chan Lai-cheung grew up surrounded by Chinese art. His father, Bun, laboured daily at a small paper shop in Central. On the side, Bun would make and sell Big Head Buddhas: papier-mache masks worn by performers at Chinese festivals.

Wednesday, 16 May, 2012, 12:00am

Fancy lion footwork

Calvin Tsang Chi-pan doesn't play sports for the medals. The Form Five student from Wang Chau Tung Tau Wai village in Yuen Long does it to keep traditions alive.

Calvin is a lion dancer.

20 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Roar of the lion

To make the Lunar New Year celebration complete, you must have a lion dance. It is common to see it being performed in Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and on the mainland.Yet is the traditional and culturally important event seen among people celebrating the Lunar New Year in other parts of the world?

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

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. But the nature of the dance changed over the years to become a celebratory performance and, consequently, the materials used to make the lion head are much lighter.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

From roar beginnings

Not being indigenous to China, lions were probably introduced along with Buddhism from West Asia via the Silk Road - as gifts to Chinese emperors to help secure trading rights. The first records of lion dancing date to the Han dynasty (206BC-AD220), but many tales surround its origins.

15 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Paper heads of wonder

On Lunar New Year's Day, as the drum thunders and cymbals ring, the sleepy lion springs to life. Its eyelids flutter and mouth opens and it begins its dance.

Leading the dance on the street is a playful Big Head Buddha, who teases and taunts the lion along the way with its palm-leaf fan.

28 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

The buzz

Lunar New Year - that lovely time of lai see, cherry blossoms and stuffing yourself silly - is a great time to be living in Hong Kong, or indeed any city around the world with a decent Chinatown.

27 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

New restaurant hopes to blend in and stay put for the long term

The three-storey space previously inhabited by defunct restaurant Ingredients on Wing Fung Street in Wan Chai has returned to life as Cepage.

Apart from the noisy traditional lion dance early on, the launch party on Wednesday night was a classy, sophisticated affair that was attended by actual business associates rather than freeloading hangers-on.

20 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Middle-Eastern 'lion dance' to celebrate 8 years for eatery

It's been eight years since Egyptian restaurant Habibi opened its doors on Wellington Street. In that time, it has certainly helped popularise Middle Eastern cuisine in this town, not to mention an appreciation for belly dancing, which occurs every weekend on their premises.

30 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Lion dancing is hip

A group of innovative young dancers have used hip hop music and funky steps to liven up lion dancing.

The lion dance is a staple of the Chinese festive calendar.

Dressed in traditional kung fu costume, dancers leap and sway to raucous Chinese music.

14 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Dancing Lion

Starring: Francis Ng Chun-yu, Anthony Wong Chau-sang, Teresa Mo Shun-kwan

Directors: Marco Mak Chi-sin and Francis Ng Chun-yu

Category: IIB (Cantonese)

At a time when the local flavour that distinguishes Hong Kong cinema is increasingly replaced by big budget but bland Pan-Asian tinsel, Dancing Lion has all the makings of a local hero.

3 May 2007 - 12:00am

Well balanced acts

The Hebei Acrobatic Troupe will usher in the Lunar New Year with an array of gravity-defying feats.

The Hong Kong tour features a cast of 22 acrobats aged 11 to 28, who will perform in eight shopping malls starting tomorrow.

11 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Lion rocks for Nepalis learning Chinese dance

Gongs clang, cymbals clash and the drum bangs as six children leap and bow to mimic the stylised movements of the king of the jungle.

It is a familiar sight in a city where centuries-old Chinese traditions continue side by side with skyscrapers and Starbucks.

26 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Lord of the dance

Ha King-man is a member of an 80-year-old martial arts club set up by his great grandfather.

He has won a number of local and international lion dance competitions. He also teaches lion dance in six schools.

Young Post: How did you start?

18 Mar 2005 - 12:00am


Lam Tai Fai College organised a new activity, a puppet show, on February 4. The show was based on the story Matilda by Roald Dahl. It was an interesting way to learn English.

I, along with schoolmates Faye, Carol, Venus and Amulet, helped to design puppets for the show. Our English teacher designed one of the figures.

28 Feb 2005 - 12:00am