Lions from China?  Once lions were carried along the Silk Road as gifts for the Chinese emperor from nearby countries.  The Chinese Lion Dance is over 2,000 years old.  Two people perform the dance, one as the lion’s head, and the other as the body, while a Little Buddha walks in front, using a fan or ball to tease the lion.  The dance is performed at California State Parks for celebrations such as the Chinese New Year.  It is thought to bring happiness and luck.

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Would you like to see a Chinese Lion Dance in person?  Well you can!
Chinese New Year is celebrated each year at
the Weaverville Joss House.
Hope to see you there!!

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Weaverville Josse House Chinese in California?

For more information about the history of the Chinese in California, visit:

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
China Camp State Park
Angel Island State Park