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Molten iron sparks create dazzling fireworks show in Taizhou

etaizhou.gov.cn|Updated: February 6, 2023

A cascade of stellar sparks at a fireworks show – created by hurling molten iron against handheld sticks – wowed the crowds at the Qinhu River National Wetland Park, in the Jiangyan district of Taizhou city, in East China's Jiangsu province.

The visual extravaganza took place on Feb 4 – the day before the Chinese Lantern Festival – adding to the exciting festive vibes.

Da tiehua, or Molten Iron Fireworks, is an ancient technique that is listed as a national intangible cultural heritage item. It can be traced all the way back to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC).

The Chinese word for flower – hua – has a sound similar to the Mandarin words for prosperity, fa. So, the practice also embodies the wishes of  people for a thriving career and a prosperous future.


Radiating an intense arc of sparks, a molten iron fireworks show is performed at Qinhu River National Wetland Park. [Photo/cctv.com]


Reminiscent of a brilliant quadrant of the cosmos, thousands of tiny sparks fly around at speed, creating a visual effect that almost defies belief. [Photo/cctv.com]


Awe-inspiring: Mesmerizing showers of sparks dazzle the crowd at the Qinhu River National Wetland Park. [Photo/cctv.com]

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