Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy    34 / 24   City Forecast

Home>>China Features

Old Han customs stand the test of time (2)

( )

09:03, August 09, 2011

Opera masks are hand-carved and made of wood. Each has a different name due to its role in the play. Before they are used by the performers, a rooster will be slaughtered to splash blood over the masks while the mask carver chants blessings.

The leader of the theater said: "Only a blessed mask has a life, and thus carries the spirits of a character."

Other places worth a visit in Guizhou

Huangguoshu Waterfall

Guizhou boasts the biggest waterfall in Asia. Huangguoshu (Yellow Fruit Tree) Waterfall is 78 meters high and 101 meters wide. It is on the Baishui River in Anshun, 95 kilometers from Guiyang, the capital city.

You can hear its roaring sound about 200 meters away. The closer you approach, the louder the sound becomes.

A lane of narrow steps lead to a cave behind the waterfall and this is the closest you can get to touching the water.

Hongfeng Lake

Known as a place with very little flat land, Guizhou has a vast set of plains, mountains and plateaus. Karst areas make up more than 60 percent of Guizhou's topography. Among the karst parks is Hongfeng (Red Maple) Lake in Qingzhen County, 33 kilometers from Guiyang.

Billed as "the pearl of Guizhou Plateau," the lake is divided into four parts by a cluster of more than 1,000 karst hills: the north, the south, the middle and the rear lakes.

Covering an area of 57 square kilometers and holding 600 million cubic meters of water, it is the largest artificial lake in Guizhou, 10 times the size of West Lake in Hangzhou. The lakes are blue, the rocks red and the maple trees a blend of green and orange.

A lone Drum Tower etches against the clouded sky on top a nearby hill, speaking of a rare architectural construction of the Dong minority.

【1】 【2】


Related Reading

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name


Selections for you

  1. Death toll rises to 24 from building collapse

  2. Typhoon Muifa sweeps over coast of Qingdao

  3. Hot-air balloon festival kicks off

  4. Rebecca Zhu wins top prize at Miss HK 2011

Most Popular


  1. U.S. selling weapons to Taiwan should be punished
  2. It's time for US to take responsibility
  3. Zhouqu's horrible disaster must be remembered
  4. The financial crisis comes back to bite us
  5. Why S&P downgrades U.S. credit rating
  6. Rumors of bankruptcy wave groundless
  7. Japan's aircraft carrier jitters unfounded
  8. Political negotiations needed to end Libya deadlock
  9. Use Weibo as a guide, not a master
  10. US: A crisis of debt and of democracy

What's happening in China

Shandong braces for typhoon

  1. Scores of flights cancelled as Muifa brushes Qingdao
  2. China willing to facilitate military cooperation with Russia: senior military officer
  3. China's railways carry 1.095 bln passengers in first seven months

China Features

  1. Nothing like mother's milk
  2. When will the horses run?
  3. Marriage knots unraveling
  4. The spread of Tibetan culture
  5. Blood stains the Silk Road

PD Online Data

  1. The Uygur ethnic minority
  2. The Kazak ethnic minority
  3. The Hui ethnic minority
  4. Mongolian ethnic minority
  5. The Tibetan ethnic minority