Baise: a place of history, modernity (3)

10:34, March 04, 2010      

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Ethnic cultures

The Baise Uprising Memorial Hall opened in 1999. (Photo: China Daily)

Seven ethnic groups live in Baise, including the Zhuang, Han, Yao, Miao, Yi, Gelao and Hui, with the Zhuang ethnic group comprising for 80 percent of the population.

In addition to their distinctive clothing, the various groups retain their unique folk arts illustrated by spectacular events like the Longlin torch festival of Yi ethnic group, the Tianyang Buluotuo tourism and culture festival, the Tiandong mango celebration, the Zhuang opera extravaganza, the Lingyun tea festival and the Youjiang dragon boat festival.

Buluotuo Zhuang brocade, north Zhuang drama and Yao drum dancing are all now listed as Intangible Cultural Heritage by the State Council.

As early as 800,000 years ago in the Paleolithic era - or Old Stone Age - Baise's Youjiang Valley was a center of human activity.

More than 200 ancient human remains have been unearthed in the city since 1973.

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