Author:佚名 From:本站原创 Update:2011-9-14 11:31:48
Qiandongnan is located in the southeast part of Guizhou Province. It is home to 38 minority groups with the Miao and the Dong being the largest groups. It has been named by the United Nations as “a famous resort to return to nature” and is known as “the last ballad of the human kind and the homeland for the exhausted souls”. In the modern world, it is definitely an ideal area to experience the spectacularly distinctive folk-customs in every aspect of life.
The people here retain a very traditional lifestyle: planting crops for daily food, raising animals or even fishing and hunting for meat, hand making clothes, brewing for drinks are still a part of daily life in some remote villages. Here you can find colorful lifestyle, some of which are preserved from the ancient time. Each minority group has its own lifestyle and beliefs. Sometimes, even villages within the same minority group are quite different from their neighboring villages.
If you think that life in these villages is boring, you are definitely wrong, because people here make their own fun. The Dong is famous for singing, while the Miao are especially good at dancing. Actually, singing and dancing is routinely part of their daily life. If you are lucky enough, you may see a really high-class performance by the local people without any modern equipment – you won’t believe your eyes or ears. Other interesting activities include rooster-fights, bull-fights, dragon-boat races and the list goes on. The many minority festivals held here each year are a highlight of the traditional customs of the people.
Different minority groups have their own unique building style and architecture. Among many superb examples, the most two notable are wooden Drum Towers and Roofed Bridges in the Dong villages and the Miao Wooden Houses in the Miao villages.
If you come to Qiandongnan, you will have the different cultural experience that you cannot have in other parts of the world.