Stilts refer to a pair of long, slender poles each equipped with a raised footrest to enable the user to walk elevated above the ground. In China, there is an old custom called “walking on stilts”. It is a performance that employs two lengths of wooden sticks over three meters long to one’s feet and walking on them. It is also termed “tied-on long feet”. This performance can be traced back to very ancient origins. It is said that there was once a man named Lanzi in the state of Song who entertained the first Song emperor with his feet of walking and running with two wooden poles taller than himself attached to his lower legs. In the Han dynasty, stilt-walking, then called “stilts skill”, began to popularize among the public. In the Song Dynasty, it was changed to “stepping-stilts” and the name “stiles-walking” was finally adopted in the Qing Dynasty.
Through several thousand years of development, stilts-walking has greatly improved in style and became an important part of Chinese festive culture.