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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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Gelo Nationality

Description: Gelo nationality (仡佬族) mainly gathers in Wuchuan Gelo and Miao Autonomous County and Daozhen Gelao and Miao Autonomous County in Guizhou province. According to the census in 2000, Gelo has a population of more than 579,744.

Language: Gelo language

Religion: Gelo people believes in ancestor worship.

Clothing Character: Gelo people are skilled in embroidery, textile and batic. In history, Gelo was once named “blue Gelo”, “red Gelo” and “colorful Gelo” because of their various color and style. Nowadays, Gelo women are dressed in

collarless coat with long sleeve, filled with embroidered or batiks patterns. They tie a waist warmer with embroidery. There is pleated skirt in lower body. Girls prefer to wear black scarf with lace of red, yellow, green and purple in one end.

Food Culture: Glutinous rice cake is essential to Gelo nationality. It is used as ancestor sacrifices and food of hospitality. On Spring Festival, each family will cook a few litres of glutinous rice into cake. They have a liking for sour and spicy. In order to get warm and expel moist, they must prepare a pot of chili soup for each meal. Gelo people make wine with gaoliang, corn, millet and barley as raw material.

Festivals: August Festival (八月节) is the most solemn traditional festival of Gelo nationality. It was recorded as early as Tang and Song Dynasties. On the first day of the festival, people of all ages and sexes are dressed in new clothes and gather in the terrace. Several young men take cows with red flower on the head.

The most elderly people start to pray for the harvest. Then, they set off firecrackers and kill cows. Every family got a piece of cow’s heart to show the unit as one. The next day, each household hold banquet.

They also celebrate the Spring Festival, Qingming Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival, the Double Nineth Festival, just as the same as Han people.

Art and Culture: The folk literatures of Gelo nationality include poem, story and proverb. Erhu (a two-stringed bowed instrument with a lower register than jinghu), shaw, suona, gond and drum. 

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