You may know that China has a lot of ethnic minorities and Yangshuo is home to several ethnic minority groups, like Zhuang, Yao, Dong and Miao. Most people in Yangshuo are Zhuang nationality and are related to the Thai. They have their own language which is still spoken in some villages, although most local people speak a dialect of mandarin, known as Yangshuo hua (Yangshuo language). Not only different minority clothes you can see in Yangshuo, but also special language you might listen. Don’t worry! Not matter what ethnic minority they are; enthusiasm and hospitality would not stop the communication. You can’t miss the great chance to walk into ethnic minority!!!!
(Some Ethnic Minority Traditional Clothing Show)
Although they share many festivals with the Han, there still some special festivals for each ethnic minority themselves. It is worthy to taking the special experience when you are travelling in Yangshuo.
The Zhuang Ethnic Minority
The Ox Soul Festival usually held in early April to celebrate the birthday of the king of oxen and to show their love of the ox. People give the ox a bath while others beat drums. The Parents of a family give the ox glutinous rice and sing folksongs. The festival represents peoples’ hope for a good harvest.
The Devil Festival is usually held in July. It is an important festival, second only to the Spring Festival for the Zhuang people. On the eve of festival day, every family cleans and tidies their home. On that day, duck, pork and good wines along with some candy and fruits are offered to their ancestors.
The Miao Ethnic Minority
(A lady wearing the traditional jewelry of this ethnic group)
There is also a Rice Tasting festival to give thanks for the harvest. This is a good time to sample and view their traditional dishes. Each festival is celebrated with the Lusheng. The Lusheng is a kind of wind instrument which many of them play while dancing and singing.
(Miao ladies are dancing in the festival)
Ethnic minority is one of the distinguishing feature of travelling in Yangshuo. Walking into them you will fine different ‘Yangshuo’! I can’t wait anymore. What about you?
What is the most impressive image of Yangshuo ?It may be the mix of eastern and western culture; the peaceful nature and the lively modern. The blended culture brings about a global banquet in Yangshuo.
(International tourists celebrate Chinese New Year in Yangshuo)
Don’t be surprised when you find lines of western restaurants and cafes in Yangshuo.There are different styles of food in the town center. Tourist can easily find their favorite one, and it will be satisfy your desire for food.
Many years ago, a group of American backpackers explored Yangshuo and were amazed at the original landscape and living style. Then more international tourists have visited during the past ten years.. Some of them spend a longer in this small eastern county, even get married with local people. It is a wonder that each year hundreds of thousands of foreigners come to the Yangshuo for sightseeing, work and study Chinese and at times.
As well, they have brought their western food. Burger, pizza and pasta.They run restaurant and cafes in the Western Street and provide the English services to all international customers. Every year, some foreigners come to work in the restaurant while learning to cook Chinese food. Travelling for a long time in the East, you may feel sick for your own food. Look for it in Yangshuo.What a special experience it would be. Eat in a Chinese village surrounded by the mountains.
Without a doubt, tourists would like to taste the real local food. Yangshuo food generally is categorized as local snacks, specialties and traditional rural dishes.The local cuisine is a combination of Cantonese and Hunanese cuisines with more use of spicies and sugers and often prepared using stir-frying or steaming. Fish, rice and field nails are the main ingredience in Yangshuo cuisine. Restaurants often assume westerners do not like spicy food and will make your food bland as hell if you do not insist otherwise.
An abundance of specialty snacks are also offered throughout the city by street vendors. One of these is Yangshuo ‘s famous rice noodles, a must try dish.
Chinese,Indian, French or Italian cuisine? It is too crucial to make the final decision in Yangshuo. The best choice is to stay here for a longer time. Wander in Yangshuo and enjoy the best food.