"Miao National Minority People" Personal Page by GypsyNanfandango
Most of the Miao girls in villages still yodel or sing across valleys to prospective mates, but more and more, they're liable to live close to tourist destinations and entertain for you...Their decorative headdress is quite heavy to wear but very distinctive as is their costume.
Formerly known as Amoy, this island with its causeway is one of the most inviting cities I lived in and taught English in 1999...it's enchanting Gulangyu Isle is about a ten-minute ferry ride where no automobiles are allowed. Riding in one of these junks make you feel as if you're riding right on the water, a little scary at first because we had no life jackets on.
Standing on the top of this island that does not allow automobiles is breathtaking as you can see Xiamen city in the near distance as well as the ocean on all sides with all the ships, junks and tour boats passing by. Banyan trees, beaches, and parks dominate the scene of this island also known as "Piano Island," famous for its world-renown composers and music can be heard throughout the day as you stroll through the winding roads along the many colonial mansions, a few having been made into inns and hotels and homes, and many of which were foreign embassies during the turn of the century...Gulangyu actually was the second wealthiest city in the world during that time, with only the Carmel-Monterey, California, area taking precedence over this small island off the coast of China.
One of the many colonial-type architectural buildings on Gulangyu with the bougainvilla always decorating the scene of this lovely island off the coast of Xiamen.
This bridge large enough to drive over is filled with shops and craft galleries on both sides as you walk through it...and at night with lights reflecting upon it and other parts of the small village area where the stilts are holding up the buildings, it is so inviting to walk to the riverside and view these captivating scenes of an ancient town in Hunan that has scarcely been discovered much less opened to tourists other than Chinese.
After riding the steep cable to the top of these misty mountains, one can explore for several hours and enjoy the entertainers on the drums and get to know the people who work up there, including a medical doctor if need be or dine out at a restaurant and enjoy the spicy food of Hunan. You can also hire a sedan chair for the much slower ride over a thousand steps up the mountainside instead of taking the cable...
In Yangshuo on the Li River is a family home in which guests from all over the world visit and stay with delicious complimentary meals from the host's wife and brother. This is the more quiet side of Yangshuo, with views of the limestone karst mountains out your door and where you can stop and visit neighbors on the street playing badminton or washing clothes by hand in huge troughs. The host is an expert at Tai chi, calligraphy, and giving directions where to go, and he'll even provide his special taxi driver to escort you around the countryside for a very modest fee for the day. One can reserve this family home Online for a small deposit.
The golden monkey was quite tame in Zhangjiajie Natl Forest Park (Wulingyuan) in Hunan Province and especially when he was offered some trail mix. They are quite small monkeys and are specially occupy this part of China in a sub-tropical zone that stays quite pleasant during the day due to its higher altitude than Zhangjiajie City, an hour's ride from the park. Winter, however, can bring snow to these beautiful misty mountains, streams and waterfalls. Therefore, it's best to tour this park during late spring through early autumn. Hotels are available near the park as well as in Zhangjiajie City where there is a new, modern railway station with escalators taking you up to the platforms. The airport is also nearby.
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