It’s still a common practice to help one another in villages. When someone builds a house, the whole neighbourhood will come and help them. Beautiful culture !
In China, they eat their dogs and take their birds for walk ! :-)
During the Red Armys Long March, they got lost and came to this church and asked for help from a French missionary. This missionary gave them a map of Guizhou, which he had made. That is how the Red Army found their way back.
A small town called JiuZhou in Huangping county, Guizhou province is not a typical Chinese tourist town; busy and commercial. The town has witnessed historical events in its own significance. During World War II – the American Air base was just outside of this town. And during the Red Army’s long march, Gen. Zhou Enlai, Chaiman Mao Zedong and many other leaders met up in this town.
In the month of July, 2011 a fellow blogger ‘ BirdAbroad’ posted some pictures of an apple store in Kunming Yunnan province, China. Which turn out to be a fake apple store ! Her blog post was mentioned in different international news. I am sure you follow that news.
Last Sunday ( 25.September.2011 ) I walk passed an ‘ apple store’ in Kaili, Guizhou Province, China. Kaili is a very small city in Guizhou province. It’s a prefecture of Miao and Dong. According to wikipedia : Kaili has a population of only 50,000 . That’s a very small population for a city in China. As I saw this ‘apple store’, I remember reading on a blog ( BirdAbroad ) ” Apple never writes “Apple Store” on it’s signs – it just puts up the glowing, iconic fruit.” But this ‘apple store’ had written SMART STORE besides the apple sign. As I walked in, i saw ipad, iphones, Macbook, Macbook Pro but I did not see MacBook Air. And there was plenty of apple accessories. All the workers were wearing blue t-shirts. I wonder if this is just another fake apple store in China !
These pictures are taken in a remote BUYI village, in Guizhou province China.
Bull fighting competitions are a part of the Miao ethnic minority culture in China. Normally bullfight competitions are held during the bull festival in the 25th day of the first lunar month. But it’s also common to hold bull fight competitions at different times throughout the year especially in surrounding villages in Kaili city in Qiandongnan prefecture in Guizhou.
I am sure you have heard or seen the Spanish ( Latin American ) bull-fight –tauromachia–corrida de torso : where one or more bulls are baited in a bullring for sports and entertainment. In which a matador will kill a bull by the end of the game.
But this Miao Bullfighting is very different. Its not a combat between man and a bull; it’s a bull and a bull fighting each other.
Shiqiao is a small village in the Danzhai county in Guizhou Province, where traditional hand-made paper is still preserved. They make it by using tree barks. Throughout the centuries Miao people have made this special paper. But because of modern technology this kind of paper making is disappearing rapidly, only a handful of families continue this handmade paper making today.