People & culture...........................................................................................................................
INTRODUCTION MINORITIES & ETHNIC GROUPS ART AND CRAFT
MUSIC AND DANCE TRADITIONAL WEDDINGS GUANGXI EVENTS AND FESTIVALS
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    People & Culture

    Introduction | Tribes | Art & Craft | Music & Dance | Traditional Weddings | Festivals & Events

    Introduction

                 


      

    Zhuang: The Zhuang people, the most populous of the ethnic minorities in China, are one of the major ethnic groups in Guangxi. With a population of 15 million, they lived mainly in the Nanning, Liuzhou, Baise and Hechi areas.As far back as 3,000 years ago, the Zhuang people had already settled in Guangxi in the Left and Right river valleys and along the Hongshui and Liujiang rivers. They have their origin in a branch of the ancient Baiyue people.The Zhuang have their own language and use the written Zhuang language created in 1955. The Han language is also widely used.The Zhuang people are born singers and dancers and they have regular gatherings. They also follow the custom of Masquerading as the Ancients. During the lunar New Year, the villagers masquerade as historical characters in a parade and perform the Spring Ox Dance. There are many traditional Zhuang festivals.

    Art & Craft

     
        Every national minority in China has its own arts and crafts, some of them of simple beauty, many of them intricate and highly sophisticated. They fascinate Hans (members of China's majority nationality) and visitors from abroad alike.

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    MUSIC & DANCE

     
        Playing Football on StiltsCurious Folk Customs
    In Guangxi, home of a number of ethnic minority groups, there are many curious folk customs, since every ethnic group has its distinctive cultural traditions. And this plethora of customs always finds its best expression through recreational activities at festival times. These colorful activities have their origin in hunting, farming and fighting, or in wedding, religious and special folk traditions. Often they combine artistic performances with sports and displays demonstrating unique skills. Thus, these activities provide an interesting insight into the lifestyles preserved since ancient times by the ethnic minorities in Guangxi.


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    Traditional Weddings

     
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    Festivals & Events

     
        Curious Folk Customs
    In Guangxi, home of a number of ethnic minority groups, there are many curious folk customs, since every ethnic group has its distinctive cultural traditions. And this plethora of customs always finds its best expression through recreational activities at festival times. These colorful activities have their origin in hunting, farming and fighting, or in wedding, religious and special folk traditions. Often they combine artistic performances with sports and displays demonstrating unique skills. Thus, these activities provide an interesting insight into the lifestyles preserved since ancient times by the ethnic minorities in Guangxi.


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