|Water Puppet Show Accompanists|
|Water Puppet Dancers|
This afternoon we went of a tour to a hotel in Ha Long city to see a Water Puppet Show This was a longer one than the one we saw in the museum in Hue. It was also accompanied by a live band and vocalists. Our guide gave an explanation of each puppet skit in English before it began. Then the group played the music and spoke the dialog in Vietnamese while the puppets performed the skit. They performed at least eight 2-4 minute very entertaining skits.
Most of the skits were either about life in Vietnam or illustrated folk tales.
The last skit was about the creation of Ha Long Bay and was down with both puppets and with the performers hands above a screen. It was a very innovative performance. I videoed most of the show, so that gets added to my editing task when we get home.
|Snail & Crab "Hand" puppets|
Ha Long has been developed as a tourist area, mostly catering to Chinese tourists. There is a nice beach next to the Night Market, and a number of high end hotels and resorts along the same road. Our guide said most of the residents live in the section of the city on the other side of the bridge.
|Dragon Puppets swimming past Ha Long Islands|
|Ha Long Beach|
We will be at sea all day tomorrow. The captain said we might have more rough seas on our way to Canton, China.