Biàn Liǎn: The Art of Face Changing

Sometimes, no matter how cynical and well-traveled we think we are, we find ourselves swept up in the thrill of tourist culture. One such case for me was at the SiChuan Opera in Chengdu, China where I was able to view Biàn Liǎn, the art of face changing. My explanation can't do it justice, so here is a small sample from the same location I first encountered it.

Bian Lian

There is another great video on Youtube that talks about the fastest performer in China, but it goes too much into the "how" of the art. Sometimes I just want to enjoy the illusion.



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