Red clothes of Yao minority in Longsheng

During a Longsheng trip, the long-haired Yao women with red clothing will light up your eyes. They refer to a sub-group of the Yao ethnic minority in Longsheng, and have been named “Hong Yao” beacuse the women wear red clothes. Typically, a national costume of Red Yao features bright red clothing and dark blue knee length skirts. Red Yao women are expert in weaving, dyeing and embroidery. Then, how do they hand-make their clothing?

Red clothes of Yao minority in longsheng,Guilin

Red clothes of Yao minority in longsheng,Guilin

The red clothes of the Hong Yao are either woven or embroidered. The woven clothes are sewn with old-styled looms – white threads as warps and red threads as wefts. Many decorative designs can be seen on the clothes, which is believed to carry some good blessings.

Yao women were weaving on the looms

Yao women were weaving on the looms

Certainly, the embroidery of their clothing is predominantly colored in red. Red Yao women have the white hand-woven cloth dyed dark blue or black with indigo plant, and then embroidered with multi-colored silk threads – mostly red. There are a wide range of embroidered designs, and the wedding dresses are always elaborately decorated with lotuses and butterflies.

dyeing cloth in Longsheng

Yao women were dyeing cloth in a vat.

embroidery of Yao minority in Longsheng

embroidery of Yao minority in Longsheng

Among Longji Rice Terraces area, most of Red Yao people live in Dazhai Village and Huangluo Yao Village. Every year, on the 6th day of the 6th lunar month, people gather together to celebrate the annual Hongyi (Red Clothes) Festival. To them, it is a most important festival just after the Red Yao’s New Year. Moreover, Red Yao girls will hang out all the clothes to expose in the sunshine. Wander around in a Yao village, and you will be standing in a red ocean.

Red Clothes Festival in Longsheng,Guilin

Red Clothes Festival in Longsheng,Guilin

In 2014, do not miss such a once-a-year chance to attend the grand event on July 2! For this 2-day Longji Rice Terraces Tour, please view http://www.guilinholiday.com/tour-v353-2-day-longji-rice-terraces-tour.

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The Grand Opening Event of Club Med Guilin Resort

The grand opening event of Club Med Guilin kicked off, with a ribbon cutting ceremony presided by the Chairman and CEO Henri Giscard d’Estaing. It was the official inauguration of Club Med Guilin on Monday, September 24, 2013.

The Grand Opening Event of Club Med Guilin

Henri Giscard d’Estaing, the Chairman and CEO of Club Med, attended the grand opening event of Club Med Guilin

The Club Meb Guilin is located in 47 hectares of private grounds within a sculpture park in the rural area between Guilin and Yangshuo. The resort boasts two contemporary style hotels with 330 Elegantly appointed luxurious rooms with rooms for a restful and warm ambience.

Club Med Guilin Resort, China

Club Med Guilin Resort, China

The world leading high-end holiday operator Club Med has more than 80 resorts worldwide. The company ventured into China in 2010, opening a village at a ski resort called Yabuli, in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang. For the second one – Club Med Guilin, it come as the its first “culture-centric” resort in Asia.

Guilin is a UNESCO World Heritage-designated historical city, famous for its unheavenly natural beauty – the Li River, teraced rice paddies, mysterious caves. There are weeks of possible exploration out there. Travelers can go on excursions to the city’s scenic karst mountains and meet the minority tribes. All of these await you!

Spring hiking tour to Xingping Ancient Town in Yangshuo, Guilin

Travelers come to Yangshuo to get out of town and into the countryside. There are weeks of possible exploration, including hiking, cycling, rock climbing or any combination thereof. On a bright spring day, a hiking trip to Yangshuo countryside would be a exactly good idea.

On April 20, My colleagues and I  made a great trek to Xingping ancient town in Yangshuo. After 1-hour drive from Guilin, we arrived at Putao Town, 40 km away from Guilin. Our 19-km hiking trip started from here, and would take around 5 hours to reach Xingping town. The trekking route: Small Yaomen Village – Shitoucheng – Xianggong hill – Dahebei Village – Xingping ancient town.

Group photo by the Li river, Guilin

Group photo by the Li river, Guilin

We went through Small Yaomen Village, and headed on to Shitoucheng perched among karst peaks. A steep set of old rocky stairs winds its way by the mountain sides, and led us to climb up to the West Gate of Shitoucheng. All the houses in the village have been built up entirely from limestones without the use of cement, hence the name of the village (literally “Stone Town”). The settlement has 4 main stone gates at each of the compass points and 18 lesser gates.

Shitoucheng, Yangshuo

Shitoucheng or Stone Town, Yangshuo

Inside the shitoucheng, the terrain is a little rough; and the narrow, rocky and even muddy path rises and falls. We hiked into this amazing old-world village through verdant orange groves and paddy fields. It took us about an hour to reach its North Gate.

 

We left the village, and contined on the hiking tour. Along a wide and paved road, we reached to the foot of Xianggong hill with an hour. People can climb up to the hilltop and enjoy a great view across the karst landscape. Waves of misty peaks stand out from the rich green valleys, and stretch into the distance, Actually, the peak is a famous shooting base for photography.

Beautiful Yangshuo countryside

Beautiful Yangshuo countryside

Our next stop is Dahebei Village, a scenic place at the western bank of Li River. The picture on the back of the Chinese 20 Yuan note was taken here. After a 2-hour hike from Xianggong Hill, we went into the village and walked by the riverside. The surroundings is indeed gorgeous, with green karst peaks rising directly from the river and rice fields. With the soft breeze and beautiful sights, it was a great refreshment to us.

Li River scenery on the back of Chinese 20 Yuan note

Li River scenery on the back of Chinese 20 Yuan note

Opposite to the village stands the famous Xingping Ancient Town. It took just 2 minutes to across the Li River by public ferry boat. From the Xingping Pier, we make the way to Xingping Bus Station. Our hiking trip came to an end; and then, we transfered back to Guilin.

Lunar March 3 Song Fair Festival

Lunar March 3 Festival, also Song Fair Festival (Ge Xu Jie in pinyin), held on the third day of March according to the Lunar Calendar, is renowned as a significant traditional culture recreation of Zhuang ethnic minority. This festival commemorates the household folk singer Sanjie Liu, after whom the famous Sanjie Liu Impression Show is named in Yangshuo.

Bamboo pole dance of Miao minority

Bamboo pole dancing

On April 12, 2013, the Song Fair Festival kicked off in Lujia Village on the bank of Peach Blossom River in Guilin city. The festival was supported by Guilin government aiming to protect, maintain, promote and further explore folk culture of Zhuang ethnic minority. The activity was divided into five sections, which contained singing folk songs, snatching ducks, performances, exploding fireworks and appreciating fellow villagers. People from different places danced and sang together, just like one big family!

A woman act as a matchmaker.

The matchmaker was pulling a red thread to single man and woman.

Besides the folk songs, folk food is another highlight of the activity. Lujia village does very well in food made of Tofu, such as soybean milk, Tofu fish, Tofu chicken, etc. The villagers set a street of folk food offering a series of tasty specialty snacks to all the people. Through this festival, Lujia village becomes a representative of folk-culture tour of Guilin city.

Guilin set to be the International Tourism Destination

China has revealed a plan of the construction and development of Guilin international tourism destination, in an effort to boost the city’s economic growth. By 2020, the plan will be basically completed, and Guilin will become an important platform of world-class landscape tourism and leisure holiday destination.

Guilin International Tourism Destination

the Press Conference of Guilin International Tourism Destination

A Press Conference of Guilin International Tourism Destination Construction was held in the State Council Information Office on March 26, 2013. Special policies will be applied to support Guilin’s development and benefit residents’ life as well.

In November 2012, agreed by the State Council, National Development and Reform Committee officially replied Guilin International Tourism Resort Construction Development Planning Outline. So far, the NDRC has approved Hainan and Yunnan provinces as well as Guilin as three reform pilot areas. Guilin, as a prefecture-level city, is the only one to get its construction rose to a natinal strategy.

Guilin is a world-famous scenic city for its picturesque Li River, spectacular Longji Rice Terraces, colorful ethnic culture and much more. In 2012, Guilin has received 1.9 million overseas tourists, up by 11 percent over the previous year.

The Tenth Guilin Cherry Blossom Festival 2013

The tenth Guilin Cherry Blossom Festival kicked off in Nanxi Mountain Park, south of the city, on March 23, 2013. This year, it will last until the end of the month. Droves of visitors have swarmed onto the park to enjoy the cherry trees in full bloom.

Cherry Blossom,Guilin

Cherry Blossom,Guilin

The Cherry Blossom Festival consists of two parts, flowers appreciation and art performances. Along the main road, the cherry trees blossom on both sides, like pink clouds. The petals of cherry blossoms flutter down when soft spring wind blows. The whole park has become a sea of flowers, with fragrant air. Visitors ramble among the trees, enjoy the flowers, and take pictures.

Cherry Blossom Festival in Nanxi Mountain Park,Guilin

Cherry Blossom Festival in Nanxi Mountain Park,Guilin

During the festival, art performances include dancing, singing, Kong-fu and fashion shows. All of these are arranged by college students; and, the committee has also prepared a mysterious gift for lucky audiences.

Nanxi Mountain is home to the largest cherry tree park in Guilin. The best blossoms comes from the end of March to early April. During this period, the park is set to hold its Cherry Blossoms Festival. Since 2003, the festival has become a annual event.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photoshoot in Guilin, China

Guilin is chosen as a destination of 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue for a 10-day photo shooting. Several popular attractions in Guilin are selected as the locations or backdrops of the edition, including Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Flower Bridge of Seven Star Park, Shiwaitaoyuan and Longji Rice Terraces.

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Photoshoot in Guilin, China

A model being photographed on location in Guilin, China

For the first time in the magazine’s history, Sports Illustrated took its models to seven different continents for its annual swimsuit issue. And, the Travel Channel followed them around taking video of their photo shoots. The around-the-globe effort has been chronicled as part of a Feb. 17 special. Not just showing bikini-clad models; What both Sports Illustrated and the Travel Channel hope is to bring eyeballs and attention to places that people may be unaware of or never have the opportunity to visit.

Bamboo rafting along picturesque Yulong River, Yangshuo

Bamboo rafting along picturesque Yulong River, Yangshuo

Guilin is well-known for its dreamlike landscape, idyllic countryside and colorful ethnic culture. For most travelers, it is a dream destination. Doubtlessly, the photographers of the 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue felt the same. Guilin’s magic is frequently highlighted by scenic Yangshuo to the south, with the most stunningly beautiful scenes. Peaks upon peaks of green karst hills flank the river, forming an imposing backdrop. In northwest of Guilin, Longsheng gets its fame for the spectacular Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces. Set amongst the villages of the minorities Zhuang and Yao, the area allows visitors to enjoy a panoramic view of terraced rice fields and glimpse into the local’s rural life.