Huangluo Yao Ethnic Village in Longsheng, Guilin

Why is Huangluo Yao Ethnic Village So Special?

In 60 families, the longest hair can reach 1.9 meters, while other families have more than 1 meter of hair. Therefore, Huanglongyao Village is reputed as the first Changfa Village in the world. Single girls’s hair is invisible to others. They usually cover their heads with a blue scarf so that people can’t see. The first person to see her hair will be her husband. He can only see her beautiful hair on the wedding day. If you accidentally see the girl’s hair, you must stay there for 3 years as the girl’s son-in-law.

Where is Huangluo Yao Ethnic Village

Huanglongyao Village is located in Longji Scenic Area. It is one of 13 Yao villages in Longji. The nationalities living here are all Hongyao people. It is a custom of Hongyao that all women should have long hair.

Long Hair Custom of Huangluo Yao Ethnic Village

In the eyes of red Yao women, long hair is of great significance. Long hair, which means “long and prosperous”, is a symbol of longevity and wealth, as well as prosperity and good luck. Red Yao women attach great importance to their hair. They have the custom of keeping and combing their hair, as well as secret hair care methods passed down from generation to generation. From the age of 12, they began to grow their hair. When the hair grows to a certain length, they cut it off and collect it. Red Yao women not only have long hair, but also their hair is black and bright, and it is difficult to see white hair. This is because of their secret method. They comb their hair carefully with wooden combs. Their shampoo is made of rice washing water and mountain grass.

Hair Style

Red Yao women have fixed hairstyles. No matter young or old, you need to tie your hair to your head. For them, hair is as difficult to cut as their bodies, so unmarried women can only cut their hair at the age of 18, which means she is already an adult.

It is said that every Yao woman has three strands of hair in her life. This means that two bundles of hair are tied together with the hair growing on her head. One bundle is the fallen hair collected every day. The other is her hair cut when she was 18. In fact, you can see Yao women’s hair seems as important as their lives. When long hair dances with Yao dances, it is a charming beauty!

Hair Cut

Red Yao women regard hair as their life, so they only cut their hair twice:

The first is during the 100 days of infancy.

The second time was on their 18th birthday when they needed to cut off the hair that had grown since childhood. And the cut hair will not be discarded. They will dress up their hair with these, just like wearing a hat on their head.

Best Time to Travel Huangluo Yao Ethnic Village

The best travel time is April to October.

Guilin has a relatively low latitude. Belongs to the subtropical humid monsoon climate. Generally speaking, Guilin has a mild climate with distinct seasons and excellent climatic conditions. The annual average temperature is 19.3℃, which is said to be “less snow in three winters and flowers in four seasons”. When traveling to Guilin, the best season is from April to October each year, during which there will be two golden weeks of “may day” and “November”, which is also the peak period of tourism. Guilin with suitable climate will have many tourists, room reservation and transportation will also enter a climax, and the price will rise compared with usual. therefore, it is better to avoid this time and choose an off-season to travel and appreciate the beauty of the world.

How To Get  There

Huanglongyao Village is located in Longji Scenic Area, about 100 kilometers away from Guilin. You can take a bus from Guilin Railway Station directly from Jinzheng Dazhai Station and get off on the way. You can also take a bus to Longsheng County at Guilin bus station. After arriving at Longsheng, you can change to the bus on the jinkeng dazhai terrace or the safety terrace. You can get off midway.

Or you can take the bus from Guilin bus station to Longsheng, and then from Longsheng bus station people can take the bus from Longsheng to Longji. It is suggested to take 1 to 2 days.

Useful Travel Tips

Entrance Fee Free of charge
Opening Hours The whole day

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Edited by Doreen/张洋