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Southern China Scenery

Guangdong Province
Shenzhen Chinese Folk Culture Village

Hainan Province
Tongshi Hainan Ethnic Museum
Ancient Style Li Village

Fujian Province
Putian Mazu Temple
Yongding Earthen Towers
Ningde She Villages

Shenzhen Chinese Folk Culture Village

SHENZHEN
Bordering with Hong Kong to the south, Shenzhen, with an area of 327.5 square kilometers, was one of the earliest Special Economic Zones in China. Major tourist spots include the Garden of Miniature Chinese Landscapes, Xiangmi Lake Holiday Resort and Chinese Folk Culture Village.

Chinese Folk Culture Village
Next to the Garden of Miniature Chinese Landscapes, the culture village occupies an area of 180,000 square meters. More than 20 life-sized villages and scenic spots feature the unique life styles of ethnic minorities in Yunnan, Guizhou, Sichuan , Hunan, Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia . It is the largest of its kind in the world, with the largest number of ethnic minorities, and the largest man-made stone forest and waterfall. The villagers put on simple snd unsophisticated ethnic song and dance performances for visitors, who also have a wide variety of delicious snacks.

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Tongshi Hainan Ethnic Museum

To the east of Tongshi , the museum covers an area of 5,000 square meters. It has eight exhibition halls displaying historical relics, pictures, daily utensils, and arts and crafts of Hainan's Li and Miao people. The oldest relics date back to the New Stone Age. The rough stone tools, animal hides, old spades with turned blades, handy bows and arrows, beautiful skirts, scarves and fine jewelry present a vivid picture of the history and present-day life of the Li and Miao.

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Ancient Style Li Village

Fanmao Li Village, two kilometers southwest of Tongshi, has boat-shaped houses in the style of primitive times. They are built of bamboo and wood, fastened with white and red rattan. The roof is in the shape of a pyramid. The villagers are all good singers and dancers. Glutinous rice stuffed in bamboo tubes baked in a fire and rice wine from the village are especially delicious.

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Putian Mazu Temple

The temple of Mazu, or goddess of sea, on Meizhou lsland is the mecca for Chinese sailors in the world and a great tourist attraction. The original name of Mazu was Lin Mo (960-987). In her lifetime Lin Mo saved many fishermen and merchant boats on the sea. She was respected as the goddess of sea after her death. The temple attracts large crowds of pilgrims on the 23rd day of the 3rd lunar month and the 9th day of the 9th lunar month.

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Yongding Earthen Towers

Yongding county of Fujian is famous for the unique earthen towers, which serve as residential quarters. The towers are built on stone foundations, the walls are composed of rammed earth and the roofs covered with tiles. Most towers are round, while the rest are sqrare. There are nearly 1,000 round towers in Yongding County alone. Zhencheng Tower, built in 1912, covers an area of 500 square meters. Its outer circle has four floors, with 48 rooms on each. The inner circle has two floors, comprising a wheat barn ,an ancestral temple, a theater, a school and a garden .As many as 100 families live in this tower. For their unique style and structure, the earthen towers are praised by Chinese and overseas experts as rare examples of ancient Chinese architecture.

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Ningde She Villages

Mindong County is home to the She people. Half of the She people, or 158,-000, live in the eight townships and 141 villages of the county. The She people are hard-working, and are good at singing and dancing. They have retained their traditional culture and lifestyle. Some of their festivals coincide with those of the Han Chinese, such as the Dragon Boat Festival, the Autumn Moon Festival and the Double Ninth Festival. Singing in antiphonal style is a favorite with young men and women on holidays. The wedding ceremony of the She is also a large occasion.

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  Information provided by China National Tourism Administration.

 

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