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Molten iron fireworks. Source: Xiangli / Adobe Stock.

The Spectacular Chinese Tradition of Molten Iron Fireworks (Video)


For three decades, Wang De has immersed himself in the mesmerizing Chinese tradition of Da Shuhua, a captivating art that traces its origins back 500 years to the quaint Nuanquan village. This extraordinary practice took root among ingenious blacksmiths seeking a novel way to commemorate the Chinese New Year when conventional fireworks remained financially elusive. Their ingenious solution involved hurling molten iron against sturdy walls, birthing resplendent cascades of luminous sparks. This innovative spectacle became ingrained in the cultural fabric, evolving into a cherished heritage of Nuanquan.

Da Shuhua has not merely survived the test of time; it thrives as an emblem of China's ingenuity and artistic resilience. With Nuanquan as its singular global stage, the tradition continues to dazzle with its fiery splendor. The molten iron fireworks have transcended their humble beginnings, transforming into a symbol of unity, heritage, and artistic brilliance that draws visitors from across the world. Hopefully with practitioners like Wang De keeping the tradition alive, this fiery display will continue to delight for centuries to come.

Top image: Molten iron fireworks. Source: Xiangli / Adobe Stock.

By Robbie Mitchell

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I’m a graduate of History and Literature from The University of Manchester in England and a total history geek. Since a young age, I’ve been obsessed with history. The weirder the better. I spend my days working as a freelance... Read More

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