Chinese Team Participates in Tarragona Human Tower Building Contest

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Published on 2 Oct 2016, 10:43
The Chinese team, "Els Xiquets de Hangzhou", or Children of Hangzhou, participated on Saturday in the 26th Concurs de Castells held in the Mediterranean city of Tarragona, northeast Spain.

This is the first time a foreign team participating in the Concurs de Castells -- building human towers with over 200 years of history and part of the Catalan tradition. The competition attracts a record participation of 45 groups this year and nine of them are new, including the Chinese team.

Participants are excited about the participation of the Chinese team.

"I think it's great (to have Chinese team in the contest). The Chinese team is very famous in the region of Catalonia. I feel excited when they stand beside us in the contest," said a participant.

The Chinese team, which was in second place with 2,235 points in the second day contest, took part in it as an invited group.

"Els Xiquets de Hangzhou" built in the first round a tower of three people per level in a tower of nine levels, a fact described by the local press as historical and received a standing ovation from the audience.

It, made up of 166 migrant workers from east China's Zhejiang Province, was proud to show off its skills to Spain and the world.

"After all, we, as workers, come here and demonstrate ourselves to the people in Catalonia, Spain and the world. We are the same as them. We love life and the world," said Qian Anhua, chairman of the Els Xiquets de Hangzhou Club.

"Els Xiquets of Hangzhou" arrived in Spain on Tuesday and was received by the Catalan Minister of Culture, Santi Vila, and the Catalan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Institutional Relations and Transparency of the regional government of Catalonia, Raul Romeva, who congratulated the team for "being part of the Castellers family."

Born in 2010 in the textile factory Antex, in Deqing, a town 40 km away from Hangzhou, its journey towards the Concurs de Castells is the story line of a documentary, "The Garden of the Peach Tree Flowers -- Els Xiquets of Hangzhou" presented in the city of Barcelona.

The "Castells" was declared Intangible Heritage by UNESCO in 2010.
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