This month as the world sits and watches the games of the 30th Olympiad, it is reminded how impressive athletic ability is. Whether you are rooting for a rising star like Missy Franklin or a global icon like Usain Bolt, you can see the raw emotions that are released as these competitors finally reach the… Read more »
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Posts Tagged: Miao
Unless you are an expert on Asian anthropology, you probably are not aware of the various ethnic communities living in China. Below is a brief introduction to the history, culture, and most importantly, the major festivals of the Miao people, the second-largest population of ethnic communities residing in Guizhou: Known throughout the rest of Southeast… Read more »
No landscape in China is as timeless as that of Guizhou. The hills, covered in stripes of green created by the tiers of rice paddies, look the same today as they have for over six centuries. Above the valleys, mist slowly rises, obscuring your view of the houses that have settled sentient into the top… Read more »
Every year, WildChina arranges a trip for a group of Princeton University students to do a Summer of Service in China through Princeton in Asia. Following their experiences in the field, the students head to Hunan province where they spend the rest of the summer teaching English at the Normal College of Jishou University. WildChina… Read more »
Earlier this month, Zhang Mei was featured in China Daily in “A walk on the wild side.” The article tracks Mei’s “Cinderella” story of growing up in Yunnan province, her transformative experience at Harvard Business School and working at McKinsey & Company. Journalist Mark Graham also discussed Mei’s pivotal moment when she began thinking about… Read more »
Sometimes all it takes is an unexpected moment – a snapshot of daily life – that brings a trip into focus. I witnessed such a moment during recent travels in Baibi village, an isolated Miao community outside of Kaili in Guizhou province. The largest ethnic minority in this rugged southwestern province, the colorfully clad Miao… Read more »
Among the Miao people of Guizhou, there is a festival that only takes place once every thirteen years. The Guzang festival is a two-plus week celebration honoring Li Rong, the ancient leader of the Miao people. The first day of the Guzang festival is a fairly laid back affair along the lines of an opening… Read more »
Every corner of China is home to amazing people, nature and geography, but it’s hard to match the diversity found in the country’s southwest. Destinations such as Yunnan, Sichuan and Guangxi are already known far beyond China’s borders for their stunning scenery and rich cultures. But not everyone knows about the breathtaking scenery and… Read more »
It is one thing to visit a remote Chinese village – but have you ever wondered what it would be like to live and participate in one? I often think back to my study abroad experiences in China. While studying at Hangzhou’s Zhejiang University of Technology (through the C.V. Starr – Middlebury program), I loved… Read more »
Did you know that kung pao chicken originated in Guizhou province, not in Sichuan? Yes, food is on my mind, as I’ve been eating way too much. And, no, the title of my post isn’t referring to preserving food. It’s about preserving ancient cultural traditions, ones that have been passed down from one generation to… Read more »