Huayao Dai girl dances in sacred forest
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"Enjoying the natural scenery at the hilltop, experiencing the cultural heritage at the hillside, coming across the Huayao Dai people at the foothills," this is a saying from Jiasa Township of Xinping Yi and Dai Autonomous County, southwest China's Yunnan Province. 

The Huayao Dai ethnic group is known for its colorful clothing and respect for nature. This video shows Dao Xiangmei dancing in the sacred forest of her village, where centuries-old trees are worshiped as gods. 

See more about Xinping County:

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About the "Go! Yunnan" series:

Yunnan Province in southwest China boasts spectacular natural landscapes, biodiversity and diverse ethnic groups. Among China's 56 recognized ethnic groups, 25 are in Yunnan. This livestream series will take you on tour to six cities or autonomous prefectures in Yunnan to see the little-known food, scenery and folk customs. Stay tuned for our upcoming livestreams! 

(Video filmed by Liu Yang, edited by Liu Guihu.)

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