In additional to the largest Han group, there are 55 ethnic minorities in China, distributed throughout many parts of the country. It is almost impossible to admire the architecture, folk activities, and snacks of most minorities during one day's trip. Folk Culture Villages, on the west of Splendid China, will help you achieve this dream. Twenty-five unique villages of 22 minorities have been reproduced there at a ratio of 1:1. There, you can not only view folk houses of ethnic groups but also join their interesting festivals, with the most distinctive ones introduced as follows:
The village of Bouyei, is a wonderful stone world with simple furniture, such as tables, stoves, and basins all made of stones. Dai people mainly inhabit Yunnan Province, where the climate is suitable for growing bamboo. You may call their village 'a bamboo garden' for most parts of their houses, such as girders, tiles, and roofs are made of this green plant. They live in stilt houses supported by wooden stocks. The main living quarters are on the second storey, and the floor is covered with flakes of bamboo. Mongol is generally known as 'a tribe on horseback' because of their nomadic living habits. Mongols live in yurts, which are not only cool in summer but also warm in winter, and easy to set up or dismantle.
No matter which village you are visiting, young boys and girls will warmly welcome your arrival. If you come at the right time, you will be able to join in their unique festivals, such as the Water-splashing Festival of Dai, the Torch Festival of Yi, and the Knife Bar Festival of Lisu.