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What I have found specially attractive in the south of China is that there are so many ethnic minority groups still preserving their culture, the language, religion and crafts. It is specially visible in Yunnan province but I saw also in Hunan.

Miao ethnic group has a population of almost nine millions which is larger than most of minority groups in China. After immigration in a long history, today they live mainly in Guizhou, Yunnan, Hunan, Hubei, Hainan Provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Prefecture. They are divided into several branches, such as Black Hmong, White Hmong. They are very skilled at handicrafts, such as embroidering, weaving, paper-cutting, batik, and jewelry casting. The Miao embroidery and silver jewelry are delicate and beautiful. From hats, collars, and cuffs to skirts and baby carriers, the patterns on their clothes are extremely colorful, complicated but with clean lines. Girls of around seven will learn embroidering from mothers and sisters, and when they become teenagers, they are quite deft.
This girl posed for someone else, I stole a picture.
Isn't she a beauty?



Benny is probably right. In a such a tourist place like Fenghuang, one can rent a costume for a photo. Probably I could also be Miao girl (hahaha). But the costume is authentic and she is Chinese and posed nicely. In a Workshop a group of the girls who offer renting of costumes. I can't tell if they are Han or Miao.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8508 W: 108 N: 21633] (109503)
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