Explore Chinese New Year 2006 at China's Remote Village

January 27, 2006 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News


January 27, 2006
Beijing, China

KanXiQi.com is making a last-call for participants to a tour exploring Chinese New Year, to a small village in Dabieshan Mountain-range in the middle of China, during January 27-31, 2006.

Participants will begin Chinese New Year (also known as Spring Festival) adventure by joining the Liu villagers who still practise the Han customs and traditions established 2000 years ago. Besides enjoying the Spring Cultural Adventure in Dabieshan Mountain-range, you can also experience the undisturbed mountain village environment with its exotic charm of simple living, and touch 2000-year cultural history with the Liu villagers, descendants of the founder of the Han Dynasty.

It is said that Chinese culture and philosophies were consolidated during the Han Dynasty. This tour is designed to make you experience the living ecology of villagers, descendants of Liu Bang the founder of the Han Dynasty, in Liu-ga-hang-zi (the Liu village). They are still found practising the traditional customs and folkways of some two thousand years ago. It represents the essence of Han's traditional customs and folkways.

The Liu village is located at the southern foot of the Dabieshan Mountain-range in central China that lies across Hubei, Henan and Anhui Province. Liu-ga-hang-zi, which means "alley-cross village of LIU family", is prominent for its "hang-zi" (alley-styled) architecture. Hang-zi in the village is not normal open-field zigzag village alley, but long, straight in-house passageways with special functions.

In old days, all homes at the village were constructed in the form of a closed blockhouse. There were three long in-house hang-zi: the southern, northern and middle. Covered with "liang-wa"(local transparent tiles) at the roof for lighting, they were served as public passageways. The doorway of every home is connected by the three unique hang-zi. Heavy doors were installed at the two entrance of those hang-zi. At night, when every villager returned home from their fields,the heavy doors were closed. No one from outside the village were allowed in.

This unique hang-zi architecture is a result of adapting to local surroundings in the remote Dabieshan Mountain-range. Bandits often invaded local villages. The hang-zi was a special way to protect villagers from attacks of these bandits. Some villages nearby construct strong walls from such attacks.

During the tour, participants will enjoy:

* Pollution-free mountain fresh air and quiet environment
* Clear sky embedded with numerous shining stars in the night
* Be waken up in the morning by the chorus of cocks in the village
* Witnessing and participating in the unique customs and rituals of Spring Festival celebration of the Dabieshan Mountain-range
* Participating in setting off firecrackers from 0:00 a.m. to start the Lunar New Year
* Tasting chemical-free fresh vegetables and well-known local delicacies
* Witnessing how local products and handicrafts (straw sandals, cotton cloth, firecracker) are made
* Visiting historical and cultural sites nearby

For further information, please contact David Wu by kanxiqi@gmail.com or (0086-10)6231-7255

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