Luliang Colorful Sand Forest
Luliang is famous for its rich colored
Sand Forest. The International Sand Sculpture Festival is
held at the end of March, right after the Chinese New Year,
although accommodation is at a premium then. One of the
delights of a visit to Luliang is the opportunity to admire,
and buy sand art crafts. A sand painting is a distinctive
object, based like so many things in the Boyi community,
on century old traditions.
From the provincial capital Kunming,
take the 324 national freeway and drive just 128 kilometers
to reach the Luliang Sand Forest. The Sand Forest was formed
thousands and thousands of years ago while this landscape
used to be an ocean. The current attraction covers an area
of about six square kilometers.
Unlike the common beach sand, the Luliang
Sand Forest is a combination of sand and stone that cumulate
as prominences and mounts. The glory of reflection from
the sunshine reproduces a magnificent view of its distinctive
character quite like the Stone Forest, but a finer version.
Due to the nature of a mixture of mud
and sand, the hills and mounts have an extraordinary cohesive
force making it possible for sculpture artists to create
complicated works and statues for the annual International
Sand Sculpture Festival. Young artists from America, Canada,
England, and France join together with Chinese performers
to exercise their creativities with broad imagination.
The Annual International Sand Sculpture
Festival is held on March 8, and includes the International
Sand Culture Research Forum; the Colorful Sand Forest Photograph
Exhibition; Sand Sculpture Cup Volleyball Competition; Sand
Sculpture Cup Calligraphy Competition; and Sand Sculpture
Bowling Competition. This event is officially designated
as one of the major occasions in the World Sand Sculpture
Committee. The quality of sand is also well selected this
year and the color range has been increased from choice
of six to 12.
Vivid colored sand hills represent
the outstanding quality of Luliang natural resource. This
year, the sand sculpture festival committee allows the participants
to use other techniques including light, sound, fire and
smoke to express the greatness of art works. For instance,
one of the statues contains a sound sensor that plays an
introduction announcement when visitors appear. Another
sculpture arranged lighting affects that reproduce the film
scene of Harry Patter with the mysterious story.