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Hanging Coffins a Clue to Ba Mystery

In June, three ancient "hanging coffins" were found in a rock cave on the bank of the Yangtze River in Zigui, Yichang of Central China's Hubei Province.

They were among the finds local cultural heritage staff made as they raced to research and rescue ancient ruins along the Yangtze River Yangtze River tour before they were lost forever under the rising waters of the second phase of the Three Gorges Dam project.

The coffins, made of wood, possibly belong to the legendary Ba people who are thought to have inhabited the vast area which today comprises southern Shaanxi, Hubei and eastern Sichuan provinces and Chongqing Municipality China vacation deals during the Warring States Period (475-221 BC), experts say.

Two of the coffins each contain a complete human skeleton dressed in silk clothes and wrapped in bamboo sheets.

Also found in the coffins are a number of funerary objects, including bronze wine or food containers, weapons such as a bronze spear and ge (ancient Chinese weapon with a long shaft and a horizontal blade), bamboo bows, arrows and arrow cases.

The images of tigers, believed to be the major symbol of the Ba people Shopping in China, decorate the clothes found on the bodies, and also the weapons and other funerary objects, said Mei Yunlai, a local archaeologist and curator of the Quyuan Memorial Hall and Museum.

"The findings in these coffins offer valuable clues to the mystery of the ancient Ba people who left behind little written evidence of their existence," said Mei. 

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Travel Guide - Fubo Hill

Fubo Hill (Wave Subduing Hill) is on the west bank of the Li River. Partially submerged in the river Yangtze River tour and partially above ground; it is 213 meters above sea level and 62 meters above ground. Measuring 120 meters long and 60 meters wide, it covers an area of 0.7ha. It was named for General Fubo of the Tang Dynasty who built Mayuan Temple on the hill. Because of its location and height, Fubo Hill can tame the waves, stopping the surging waters which then form whirlpools. Attractions include Pearl-Returning Cave, One-Thousand-Buddhas Cave, Sword Testing Stone, Listening-to-the-Waves Pavilion and One-Thousand-Persons Pot and Big Iron Clock.

The Pearl-Returning Cave
Located inside the hill. Legend has it that an old fisherman offended the Sea Dragon King when he picked up a pearl in the cave. The King brought misery to the land by creating strong winds and hugh waves. Later, a feudal official ordered the fisherman to return the pearl and peace returned. Inside the cave, there are many precious art works. There is a stalactite stone column close to the river, thick at the top and slim at the bottom, nearly touching the ground with barely an inch of space in between. It is said that General Fubo tested his sword here and left that space; hence its name Sword Testing Stone China Photo Tour.

Listening-to-the-Waves Pavilion
Built in 1964, Listening-to-the-Waves Pavilion is a two-story building erected against the cliff of the Fubo Hill. The total area is 106 square meters. The Pavilion has glazed yellow tile roofs and a large balcony perfect for viewing the sceneries around it.

One-Thousand-Buddhas Cave
Stone steps wind their way from the Sword Testing Stone to the One-Thousand-Buddhas Cave China travel deals. In fact there are only 139 Buddha images, together with 400 more that are incomplete. The cave and its carvings are important indications of people's devotion to Buddhism in the Tang Dynasty. The most valuable relics inside the cave are the self-portraits of Mipei carved on the rock wall. The lifelike portrait is 1.2 meters tall. Mipei was the first person to draw pictures of Guilin's hills and water. He came to Guilin in 1074 and painted a picture of the hills in Yangshuo.

Big Iron Clock
After entering the gate of Fubo Hills Park, the first sight is the Big Iron Clock which weighs 5,000kg.

One-Thousand-Persons Pot
Located in a cloister along the Li River. It is said that this pot can be used to cook for one thousand people. This huge iron article was originally in the Dingyue Temple but later moved here to protect it from being destroyed during the war. Together with the Big Iron Clock, these two items have a history of more than 300 years but are still well preserved. The designs and inscriptions can be made out easily.

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Travel Experience to Zhenshan Ethnic Village

The village was first built during the Ming Dynasty, with a history of more than 400 years. Three sides of the village last minute China travel deals are surrounded by water. It is built against the mountains according to the local geological conditions. An ancient castle and barracks have remained largely intact in the village. Three fourths of the residents there are of Buyi nationality and the remaining are mostly of Miao nationality. There are about 120 households and three fouths of them are of Buyi nationality and one fourth of them are Miao people.

If we consider the Qiang village a defensive castle, the Buyei village is relatively less aggregated. In the mountains of southern Guizhou, it produces very good Shale stone material, a type of sedimentary rock. Buyei people take advantage of this and build stone sheet houses with a very unique style.

Zhen Shan Village is a village of stone, where door frames, paths, roads and even quite a few utensils are all made of stone, and roofs are covered with slate.

These stone sheet houses China Photography Tours use stone bricks to build the wall. It can be 5-6 meters high. Then the roof is covered by shale stone sheet. In short, with the exception of wooden purlin, rafter, all the others are made of stone, including the household stuff such as tables, stools, stoves, etc.

These houses keep wind, rain and snow outside. They are cool in summer and warm in winter. Moisture proof and fire proof. The only catch is that lighting is poor.

On Juanuary the 10th every lunar year, the villagers hold the traditional dancing activities to celebrate the New Year. Buyi and Miao villagers in their best costumes sing and dance to the melodies from the Lusheng and the bamboo flutes to celebrate their own traditional festival. Legends said that long long ago, once some bandits captured the Buyi forefather in the village. The villagers failed to rescue him by themselves and they asked the local Miao people for help. The Miaos played the Lusheng and sang Miao songs to communicate with him and the bandits could not understand. With the help of the Miaos, the forefather was rescued. From then on, the local Buyi have formed the custom of singing and dancing to appreciate the help from the Miao. Local people sing and dance on for 3 days for the festival each year. Besides this, Zhenshan Villagers also celebrate the traditional "Siyueba (April 8)" Festival and the "Qiyueban (July15)" Festival Holidays in China. Now, these festivals have become joyous days celebrated by Miao, Buyi, Dong, Zhuang, Shui, Gelao, or even the Han people.

In Zhenshan, young people take advantage of the chance to make friends and choose their loved future spouses through dancing and singing. Embroider is another important part of the folk custom, with rich contents of flowers, birds, insects and fish. Girls usually make embroiders of special styles and present it as a gift to their lovers.


There is a great variety of delicious dishes which travelers can try at Zhenshan, among which the most popular ones include bacon,smoked bean curd are very popular. Fish dishes are fresh as the fish they use has been just pulled out from water. Other dishes like dried peppers and pickled vegetable soup are worth trying.

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