Yangshuo Local Customs

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    Rice harvesting

    by solopes Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    The landscape is fabulous, but locals have no time to enjoy it: agriculture is a very hard life, and the use of ancient techniques turn it harder.

    Rice is the main product, and buffaloes the great help, but men have to struggle!

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    Long Sleeves

    by solopes Updated Dec 31, 2013

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    In several places we noticed that some people use long special sleeves to drive.

    I never saw it anywhere else, and don't know the idea.

    Even the electric car that took us from yhe hotel in Yangshuo to the farming area, was driven by a lady wearing... long sleeves.

    Curious!

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    Cormorant Fishing

    by Willettsworld Written Oct 20, 2008

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    Fishermen use cormorants to catch fish and return them to the boat. The fisherman drive the birds into the water where they dive below the surface in search of fish. When the birds catch fish they return to the boat and the fisherman removes the fish from their throat and places them in the basket. The secret is that the fisherman places a cord around the bird's neck to keep the bird from swallowing the fish plus they hand-rear them from chicks and train them to fish for them.

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    Getting Ready for the last trip

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 17, 2007

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    I guess you can never be too ready but...
    Here when someone gets on in years they buy and store a coffin for them in the back room of their house. For them it brings comfort to know they are ready for me it would be un-nerving to see my last travel arrangement!!

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    Auspicious words and sayings... ("Tui Lian")

    by myspices Written Oct 28, 2007

    Most of the old houses/shops in the village of Fuli and XingPing, you will find that the doors are pasted with strips of red papers and also pictures of the Gods they worship. This is customary because the door is the main entrance to the house and as such all good things must happen at the doorstep. The red strips of papers (called "Tui Lian" in mandarin) , which are usually pasted in pairs ie on both sides of the door, are auspicious words and sayings. It is red because red to the Chinese means good fortune and luck and it wards away evil spirits. The pictures of the God is also pasted to ward off evils.

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    Low Tables and Small Stools

    by myspices Written Oct 26, 2007

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    Most of the eatery shops, you will find that the tables are lower than the normal tables and the seats provided are little stools. They are usually made of wood. If you are small sized, you will find it quite easy to adjust yourself but if you are of a bigger frame and have longer legs ..... well, ha..ha.ha.., suggest you stand and eat :)

    Eating in a local shop - low tables, small stools
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    Red, red crackers...

    by myspices Written Oct 26, 2007

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    When we were at East Street going towards the village of Mushan during our bicycle ride, we saw an entrance of a new hotel carpeted with the remnants of the burnt red fire crackers. At the entrance too, there was a red piece of cloth being hung on the top of the door. Congratulatory flower stands of bright colours were displayed at the main entrance.
    For the Chinese, the colour red denotes luck, happiness and good fortune. Therefore, it is customary to see all things "red"

    Grand opening of a hotel - fire crackers
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    Famous Past Time of the Locals .....

    by myspices Written Oct 26, 2007

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    The famous past time over here seems to be gambling - playing cards. You can see the locals gathered around, anytime of the day, when they are not busy with the activities, engrossed in a game of cards. Many of the street tour- operator pedlars, ferry/rafts operators will either sit around, under a tree or any shade betting on the game. The local police seems oblivious to this activity - I guess it is legal after all....

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    Sugar Cane

    by albaaust Written Jan 21, 2007

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    Another local favourite is sugar cane- you will see lots of vendors selling them. They look like sticks in a carrier(see photo).

    To eat them tear off the hard outer skin and bite in the white bit. Suck out the juice and discard the husks.

    They cost less than 1 Yuan and actually are less sweet than processed sugar.

    Sugar cane vendor Wendy eating the sugar cane
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    Local fruit

    by albaaust Written Jan 21, 2007

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    The Yangshuo area seemed to have two fruit specialities. One was the Pomelo. It is similar to a grapefruit-perhaps a bit sweeter.

    The other is the persimmon which is sold as a fairly flat dried fruit. We saw lots of these drying out in the sun especially near the highway.

    Pomellos Persimmons
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    Local women in the creeks

    by Sobe-A-Rush Updated May 28, 2005

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    There are plenty of women you will see near Yanghuo on the bikerides or hikes that are washing clothes, motorcycles, and food. I saw a few motorcycles and other things from their home and aswell as the lady with the potatoes. They dont mind if you take a picture, but one woman wanted like 2 rmb for a picture.

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    Children Playing...

    by Sobe-A-Rush Written May 10, 2005

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    If you take a bike ride anywhere near Yanghuo on the trails or little roads then you will see young kids playing all by themselves in the middle of nowhere. Some will come up to you and touch your bike, grab your leg or something like that, all are very nice.

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    Rice Fields

    by Sobe-A-Rush Updated May 3, 2005

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    There are many paths near Yanghuo to bike or walk down and see many rice fields, people spend all day working there and you can see it all around Yanghuo. To get more information on where to go to see this you can pick up a map from your hotel/hostel or ask around the town. Or you can go with a tour group for a couple hour trip and see the really nice rice fields ( you can also do this your self, just have to know where to go ) You should get bikes and try to make these trips your self, the tour groups will be much more as well.

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    See many poor villages

    by Sobe-A-Rush Written Apr 24, 2005

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    My favorite thing about Yanghuo was to rent a bike and go biking in the mountains through the villages, just to ride around looking at the people and their way of life. You can see this down anyroad near Yanghuo as there are many villages.

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    Cormorane fishing

    by tini58de Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    In this area, the fishermen often use cormoranes to go fishing with. They have these small boats and sometimes you can see a couple of these birds sitting on the boat. Never did see them "in action" though!

    Fisherman on the Li River

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