There are many minorities live in Longsheng. And Dong, Miao, Yao and Zhuang are the majority among those minorities. You will see the history of some of their villages can be traced back to Song dynasty. The culture, customs and habits, and even the costume ornaments of those minorities have been perfectly preserved. Once you are in their village, you will feel as if you were in a village of a thousand years ago.
The Dong Minority
Dong Minority is most famous for its unique constructions. Wind-Rain brides and drum towers embody the superb architectural skills of the Dong People. Before entering a Dong village, a tourist will be treated with an intoxicating cup of wine and a moving song by the villagers.
The Miao Minority
Miao people are renowned for their unique embroidery, wax printing and their carnival-like Lu Sheng parties. Lu Sheng or Reed-pipe is a kind of musical instrument used by the Miao people.
The Yao Minority
Yao people usually live in the alpine belts. They have a habit of bathing in a huge bucket with herbal medicines in it to rheumatic pains and cure other diseases. On the fourth day of the fifth month of a Chinese lunar year, a Da Qi Gong Festival, which is a main festival of the minority, is held for Yao people to worship their ancestors with Zongzi (a kind of Dumpling made of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo leaves) and to pray for bumper harvest.
The Zhuang Minority
People of the Zhuang Minority love singing and dancing. Silk embroidery is one of the symbol of the Zhuang. In the past, there lived a “Singing Fairy” Ms. Liu San Jie, while today with only a leaf maids can play a gorgeous melody. Among all the festivals of the Zhuang, the Singing Festival which was held every year on the third day of the third month of a Chinese lunar year is the most famous.
- Photos of scenery and ethnic people in Longsheng
- China's Minority Discovery Tours
- Festivals of China's ethnic minorities