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Lingshui Yetian Guzhai Li & Miao Village Date:2011-10-02 Editor:Viva

The Li ethnic group, with a population of 1,247,814, mainly reside in Hainan Province, China's second largest island after Taiwan. Ninety percent of the Li are scattered throughout the Li-Miao Autonomous Prefecture in Hainan, with the rest living with the Han and Hui people in other areas such as Baoting, Ledong and Dongfang.The Li ethnic group consists of five branches: the Qi, Ha, Run, Sai and Meifu. The Li people have their own language, which belong to the Li branch of the Chinese-Tibetan phylum. Although a written script was created in 1957, Han written language is commonly used.It is one of the best attractions for your Hainan island tour and Sanya tour.edit by hainantour dot net.


  Lingshui Yetian Li and Miao Village is located in Lingshui county Yingzhou town. The lush garden is planted with betel nut tree, a native plant to Hainan Island. Betel nut, also known as Pinang or Areca nut, is the seed of the Betel Palm. The tall palm with shallow roots that looks similar to the coconut tree. It has significant bearing to Li and Miao Minority people. They describe it as a beauty and slim girl. To chew betel nut fruits has become the habit of some natives as it can refresh their mind. Under these beautiful palm trees, you can not miss the handsome boy and charming girl who are ready for the Bamboo Dance. Here you will have a chance to see the real minority costume and entry their old style hamlets. The Hamlets are divided into different type according to the marriage status, for unmarried young girl, there always will be one separated clay-made hamlet waiting for them. It is very interesting the girls like those boy with a good tree-climbing abilities.edit by hainantour dot net.

  For fun or for experience, here you can try their traditional wedding ceremony at extra charge. They said Li Minorities are more friendly and docile than Miao Minorities. Believe it or not, you will find out when you entry some part of this garden, Miao people are somewhere hidden from you, you will be told by the guide that once you meet Miao People, you have to shout “HoHa, Hoha,Hoha” at least three times, the more often, the better, or you will be “shot” by Miao. As a special treat, Miao people will present you with an amazing and incredible “Fire and Knife” performance. It will take about 2 hours to tour through the whole garden. It is very much worth a visit once you are in Sanya.edit by hainantour dot net.


Li Minority Hand Weaving

Li people celebrate the Spring Festival, Lantern Festival, March 3rd Festival, the Ox Festival etc. The March 3rd Festival, as a festival of ancestor worship, is the most important of all.Sanyuesan(3rd March Festival in English) is a very important festival of Li people.Today, most Li people wear Chinese-style clothing rather than their traditional costume. Traditional clothing is worn only for festivals and some ceremonies such as weddings and funerals.edit by hainantour dot net.

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