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Building Technique

Bamboo Theatre Building Technique

During the birthdays of deities, the jiao festivals or the Yu Lan Festival, various communities and neighbourhoods of Hong Kong would have a temporary bamboo structure erected at the venue, for the purposes of staging Chinese opera performances as thanksgiving to the deities and for rituals. The makeshift structure is made up of bamboo poles and fir beams, erected as standards and ledgers to form frameworks. Covered with metal sheets, the gigantic "tent" can keep out the sun and the rain. The size of a bamboo theatre is flexible according to needs - it can be as small as to accommodate only a hundred or more, or big enough for thousands. The bamboo theatre building technique is exemplary of the age-old wisdom of Chinese architecture.