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Tiaohua Festival of Fenghuang Ancient Town


 
Tiaohua Festival(跳花节), also known as Tiao Hua Po(跳花坡), is an ancient, mysterious and romantic festival prevailing among the Miao people. Originated in Anshun city, Guizhou, it has evolved into a comprehensive annual event.
 
 
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Tiaohua Festival held in Fenghuang Ancient Town , 2013


When and where will TiaoHua Festival be held?

It usually occurs during the first lunar month, at the 24 settled sites in Hunan and Guizhou province. Among them, Shanjiang Town of Fenghuang(凤凰古城山江镇) and Zhijin County(织金县) of Guizhou are two most famous sites.
 
 
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Tiaohua Festival held in Fenghuang Ancient Town , 2013


Timetable of Tiaohua Festival (2014/5/6)
 
 
Shanjiang Town, Fenghuang Ancient TownMay 6,2014 May 25, 2015May14, 2016
Liuzhi County, GuizhouFeb 9,2014: Liuzhi County  

 
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Tiaohua Festival held in Fenghuang Ancient Town , 2013
 

What are the Main Festivities?

Reed Pipe Singing& Dance; bull fighting; horse racing; wrestling; archery; folk music; Bonfire party; Trade; parade
 
 
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Tiaohua Festival held in Fenghuang Ancient Town , 2013


Tiaohua Festival: Different places, Different Flavors

(1) Tiaohua Festival Held in Shanjiang Town, Fenghuang (Hunan province)


Tiaohua Festival here is precluded with a grand ancestral worship ritual involving sorcery and piecing bull horn music. It is carried on with chorus, collective dance, martial art and wedding ceremony performance.

To see Miao people’s parade, go to Fenghuang Ancient Town, to see Miao wedding custom, stroll along Tuojiang River, to see collective dance, go to Shanjiang Tiaohua square, to indulge in night life, choose a bar in Fenghang.
 
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  Tiaohua Festival held in Fenghuang Ancient Town , 2013
 fenghuang ancient town tiaohua festival
 
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  shangjiang county tiaohua festival
 
 shangjiang county tiaohua festival
 
 shangjiang county tiaohua festival
 
 shangjiang county tiaohua festival
 
 shangjiang county tiaohua festival
 


(2) Tiaohua Festival Held in Zhijin County (Guizhou province)

In Zhijin County(织金县), Guizhou, you can feast eye on dazzling Miao costumes and silver ornament during Tiaohua Festival.

Eye-pleasing and highly symbolic, Miao costume is famed as living museum of this minority. Without written script, Miao record their history, culture, philosophy and custom through attires. Their silver ornaments and embroidery will leave little room for imagination.

Zhijin County boasts over 20 sites for Tiaohua Festival. Among which, three sites attract over 10,000 people annually: Zhucang Town(珠藏镇青山羊场 Time: the first sheep day after July 13, lunar calendar), Longchang Town(龙场镇箐脚 Time: the second lunar month) and Dashan Village, Huaqi Town(化起镇大山村).


(3) Tiaohua Festival Held in Liuzhi County(六枝 Guizhou province)

Unravel the mystery of Long Horn Miao

Long Horn Miao, a minor sect of Miao Minority, reside in the remote mountainous regions where Liuzhi, Zhijin and Nayong County greet each other, in northwest Guizhou. There are only 4,000 Long Horn Miao by far.

Long Horn Miao women are easy to identify, just look at their hairstyles. They use a one-meter long wooden horn to comb their hair above the head, which can weigh 5KG.

In their villages, you can see many old tricks such as weaving, dying and embroidery. Wedding& funeral ceremonies and Tiaohua Festival are highlights of their culture.
 
 
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 shangjiang county tiaohua festival
Long Horn Miao are found in west Guizhou, and are famous for their hairstyles, wedding & funeral ceremonies as well as Tiaohua Festival
 
 
Author: Sophia   Posted on Oct 17, 2013


 

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