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Long Street Banquet


 
Long Street Banquet, also known as Long Table Banquet(长街宴), is a time-honored culinary tradition prevailing among the Hani, Miao, Dong and Yi people. As an epitome of their food culture, etiquette, custom, singing and dancing, Long Street Banquet is usually held during festivals, grand occasions such as wedding ceremonies or newborn babies’ one-year-old birthday parties. Nowadays, as long as you join a group tour, you can experience this timeworn tradition all year around in the majority of Miao, Dong, Hani or Yi villages, which are mainly scattered in Southwest China, a treasure trove of minorities.
 
 
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Long Table Banquet of Hani people 

 

Over 1,600 Hani villagers in Habo Village(哈播村),Yuanyang County,Yunnan celebrate their new year in the 10th day of the 10th lunar month each year. Precluded with centuries-old rituals such as refurbishing their village gates and worship ancestors by presenting offerings in the first day, it culminates at Long Street Banquet in the second day and ends by singing and dancing in the third day.

In 2010, the Hani people living in Lvchun County(绿春县),Yunnan hosted the longest Long Street Banquet in the world. 3050 tables were laid end to end without a gap along the street like a long dragon. Stretching over 4,000m long, this dragon accommodated over 10,000 diners. Drumbeats, singing and dancing were used to bring out carnival atmosphere. The visual spectacle made of assorted delicacies and people in their festival bests, is simply breathtaking.

Underlying this mesmerizing event lays assorted settled rules. For instance, all of the table should be laid in the center of a square or the main street of a village, end to end without a gap, and aims to evoke the image of a dragon, a mythological auspicious animal in charge of timely rain and promises good harvest. The seating arrangement mirrors seniority, especially in the first table named “Dragon’s Head.” Just as the saying goes, birds of the same feather flock together, similar-minded Hani people of their own age, can choose the rest of the table at will.

Long Street Banquet involves infectious drum beats, eye-popping ethnic performances and dazzling fashion show. The food is diversified and delicious; the people are very hospitable, caring and entertaining. Just imagine sitting with gorgeously dressed Hani people, sharing their assorted dishes from forests and rivers, and listening to their beautiful singing, you will feel home in a foreign land.
 
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Long Street Banquet of Miao People

 

To the Miao people, Long Street Banquet represents the highest standard of guest-entertaining etiquette. With history dating back to several millennia, it has evolved into an indispensible part of festivals and grand occasions such as wedding ceremonies and parties between villages. The left side is usually occupied by masters, while the right side is reserved for guests. This banquet involves a lot of toast, eating, drinking, singing and dancing. The atmosphere is contagiously happy.

The best place to experience a Miao-style banquet is Xijiang Miao Village(西江千户苗寨), the largest one of its kind in China. Though a little touristy, it still offers fantastic glimpse into this minority’s folk residences called Stilt House, exquisite embroidery and assorted performances including Phoenix Dance and Reed-pipe Dance.

After all the villagers seat down according to seniority, Shaman, the Head of this village will preside over a worship ritual involves offerings and firecracker display. This is followed by a toast during which all the villagers will raise their cups and shout “Hao Jiu”, which means “cheers”. The table will be crammed with a myriad of delicacies such as glutinous rice, bacon, appetizers, pickled vegetables and meat. Time to feast.
 
long table banquet miao people
 
long table banquet miao people



Long Street Banquet of Dong People

 
 

Just as the Miao people, this banquet is reserved for the grandest occasions and for the most distinguished guests. Join a group tour, so you won’t miss it. Top places to sample a Dong-style banquet including Xiaohuang Dong Village(小黄侗寨), Zhaoxing Dong Village(肇兴侗寨) and Sanjiang County,Guilin.

The Long Street Banquet held within the corridor within Chengyang Wind-rain Bridge(Chengyang Roofed Bridge), Sanjiang County(三江县) is a highlight during your stopover in rural Guangxi. Xiaohuang Dong Village, which is famed as the cradle of Kam Grand Choirs, allures for those who are eager to see their folk residences and dances, sample their food and laidback lifestyle. Zhaoxing Dong Village, which is tucked away in southeast Guizhou, is the biggest Dong Village in China. This languid retreat contains five iconic drums towers, each has its own distinctive features and symbolic meanings. The defining flavor of Dong cuisine is sourness. Dong people pickle almost every edible food, from vegetable to fish, pork and duck. Being exceptional appetizing, they are healthy and nutritional also.
 
china changzhuo banquet
 
china changzhuo banquet
 
china changzhuo banquet
 
china changzhuo banquet
 
china changzhuo banquet
 
china changzhuo banquet
 
 
yao people long table banquet
 Long table banquet of Yao people
yao people long table banquet
Long table banquet of Yao people
yao people long table banquet
 
yao people long table banquet
 
yao people long table banquet
 

If you want to experience Long Street Banquet, please use our tailor-made service or select one of our recommended Guizhou tour routes.
 
 
 
Author: Sophia           Posted on Sep 18, 2013


 

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