Square dancing in China isn't what you think. I kept thinking it meant a fiddle, a cowboy hat, and some good country hoedown. But I learned pretty quickly that it simply meant dancing in the public square. Done mainly by older women, square dancing is serious stuff. There is a leader, and everyone comes out in public to follow her dance moves nightly. This is a key past time for the older Chinese population and the younger generation rarely joins in. I watched this group dance at the base of the old city wall in Xian.
Sherry Ott traveled to China courtesy of the China National Tourist Office (www.cnto.org) and Wendy Wu Tours (www.wendywutours.com/china/USTOATravelTogether) as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) (www.ustoa.com), whose members provide travelers with unparalleled access, insider knowledge, and peace-of-mind to destinations across the globe. For more info on Sherry’s journey, visit the USTOA blog (http://ustoa.com/blog).