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Square Dancing with no Cowboys
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 ( and Wendy Wu Tours ( as part of AFAR’s partnership with The United States Tour Operators Association (USTOA) (, 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 (
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