I had the great fortune to be able to catch Zhang Yimou's production of "Impression Lijiang Jokul" <<印象-麗江>> during my recent Yunnan trip last week. The magnificant outdoor production was held on a really huge man-made stage at the foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, 3,100m above sea level, near Lijiang city in Yunnan province. About 500 amateur performers from 10 ethnic minority groups selected from some 16 towns and villages around Lijiang took part in the US$31-million production.
With the magnificant Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the backdrop, the stage was so huge that it could hold hundreds of performers (and horses) at a time and even allowed for a waterfall from the top to the bottom as could be seen at the left side of the photo above. Even an ultra-wide angle lens could not capture the full extent of the stage.