Swinging, called Qiu Qian in
Chinese, first originated in the northern part of China by the minority groups,
and spread into Central China during the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476BC).
In the Han Dynasty (206BC-220AD), swinging as a recreational activity was very
popular, and became a designated program on the Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping
Day) or the Duanwu Festival (Dragon Boat Festival). Originally called Qian
Qiu, or thousand autumns, during the Wudi reign in the Han Dynasty, the
swing's name was derived from a formulaic greeting to the royal family on
birthdays; later, the words were transposed to become Qiu Qian, a term
still in use today.
become a popular performing art by the Song dynasty (960-1279), when
professional acrobats performed daring feats called swinging over water from
swings installed on the decks of two separate pleasure boats. Music played as
one acrobat climbed up and down a tall pole affixed to the stern of one boat
while another acrobat performed tricks on a swing before both finally
somersaulted into the water.
a formal competition of the National Sports Meeting of Minority Groups in
February, 1986. Nowadays, it has been a common plaything for