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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way!

After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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Tatar Nationality

Description: Tatar nationality (塔塔尔族) is one of the ethnic groups with the smallest population, approximately 3556 on the basis of the 6th census in 2010. Daquan Tatar county in Xinjiang is the only ethnic township of Tatar in the whole nation.

Language: Tatar language

Religion: Islam

Clothing Character: Tatar clothing is unique. Men like to wear black curly fur hat in winter, embroidered cap in summer. They are dressed in white shirt, attached with black long gown or waistcoat. Women are fond of cap inlayed little pearl, covered a veil outside, Usually, they wear white, yellow or purple long skirt, decorated with era pendant, bracelet and red pebble necklace.

Food Culture: Tatar women are skilled in making all kinds of pastries. They mix flour, rice, cheese, egg, cream, raisin and dried apricot slices, than bake into delicious cake. They are also good at making tasty naan with egg, cream, granulated sugar, fresh milk, cocoa powder, soda and flour. The hand pilaf, nana and noodles serve with soy sauce are unique feature of Tatar nationality.

Festivals: Just as other Islam, they view Eid-ul-Fitre, Eid Adha and Mauid al-Nabi as their three important festivals. Cheban festival (撤班节) is the special folk festival of Tatar nationality, held after spring ploughing. On that day, people gather together to greet this festival. They sing, dance, wrestling, tug-of-war, horse race and so on. The most popular activity is “race of jumping and running” . Each competitor holds an egg in the mouth. The first to arrive is winner.

Customs: Tatau nationality carries out monogamy. According to the canon, the wedding is held in the bride’s home. Newly married couple often live in the bride’s home for a while, even some stay until the first child was born.

While dinning, a handkerchief is layed in front of each person to wipe mouth and hand. The whole family sit around, dining with spoon, knife and fork.

Arts: Tatar people is very fond of song, dance and opera. The cultural life is colorful. Tatar music is full of unique national style with lively and bright rhythm. The common instruments are according, mandolin, heptachord and violin.

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