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Guangxi Zhang Autonomous Region:

Previous expeditions to Guangxi, China by members of the Yorkshire Ramblers' Club:

Guangxi China Caves Expedition 2000 - based in Lingyun: www.guangxi-caves2000.co.uk
(this web address has expired but this link connects to the relevant pages)

The Hidden River Expedition 2002 - based in Leye www.thehiddenriver.com
(this web address has expired but this link connects to the relevant pages)



Useful links:


Tian'e Weather - www.wunderground.com/global/stations/59021.html

Longtan Hydo-Electric Project - http://fpeng.peopledaily.com.cn/200107/01/eng20010701_73879.html

Frog Festival -
http://www.canada-china.ca/english/china_culture/dances01.htm
The Zhuang, Bouyei and Dai ethnic groups are all descendants of Baiyue (ancient name of the areas of what are Zhejiang, Fujian and Guangdong today) people good at planting rice. They inherit from their ancestors the "Bronze Dance". Also, they have new dances, including the "Moguai (Frog) Dance" of the Zhuang nationality and the "Fangzhi (Weaving) Dance" of the Bouyei nationality.

Ancestors of the Zhuang ethnic group had a frog as a totem. They had a "Frog Festival" and big sacrifices for frogs. In legend, the frog is the son of the God of Thunder, who can give clouds and rain. People, therefore, offer sacrifices to them to pray for a favorable weather. Images of frogs are found in the unearthed bronze drum today. The "Frog Festival" is still celebrated in rural areas of Tian'e and Nandan counties of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. At that time, a grand ceremony will be held according to traditional customs. The programs include "The Frog Is Born", "Sacrificing for the Frog" and " Worshipping the Frog". The one performing a frog must have himself painted or wear specially made frog clothes. Other roles, whether male or female, wear a mask and are all played by men.

The "Biandan (Shoulder Pole) Dance" of the Zhuang people comes from their daily work of "rice husking". Performers beat their wooden stools with shoulder poles. During the rhythmic beating, they perform rice planting, harvesting, threshing and husking.