A glimpse of the Tujia minority
Note: It's not about Favorite thing, just some un-organized ideas.
In Zhangjiajie, 60% of the population is Tujia Minority.
And in this National Park, there are Tujia people living here for generations and generations.
They are one of those warmest people I have seen. At the beginning of the trip, I was very offensive by people swarming at me offering to help as tourist guide. But very slowly, I look under the surface, they are just trying to make some little money out of helping people. (They are not all money oriented. If you are determined that you don't need any help, just tell them genuinely and politly, and they won't impose on you. )
After all, this place relies a lot on tourism, these real natives well deserve sharing a part of the cake. A Tujia old granny ..
I came across this granny at the high rise of the Mt. We smiled to each other before any words, She was holding a big bag full of empty water-bottles which are thrown away by tourists. Obviously , she earns money from collecting these.. She's short, dark skin like every other mountain folks, she looks old, healthy, and she walks fast... (I bet she spends all her life in this Mt.) I just couldn't help striking up a word with her.
"Do you live here?"
"Up the Mt.." with her hand pointing to the Mt peak.. then before I continued words, she added, with her palm stretching, "I have five sons"
Wow, ...... is she proposing to me for her sons????? ;-)
I will never forget her proud and happy face of that moment. You know, that's one of those most beautiful faces in the world.