Li people of different tribes wear different traditional costumes, as shown in a live performance at the Binglang Valley Cultural Tourism Zone, June 11, 2015. [Photo by Huang Yiming/China Daily]
Hainan province is home to many ethnic groups, with the Li and Miao people particularly prominent on the island. The Li were the earliest settlers of Hainan, with their first-recorded appearance on the island traced back 3,000 years ago.
Two young tourists look at the Li women weaving Li brocade, an ancient textile craft invented by the Li people, at the Binglang Valley Cultural Tourism Zone in Baoting county, South China's Hainan province, June 11, 2015. [Photo by Wang Hao/China Daily]
Built in 1998, the Binglang Valley Cultural Tourism Zone in Baoting county is dedicated to the protection and promotion of the local ethnic culture and lifestyle, especially of the Li people.
Constructed around an original Li and Miao village, the now large-scale, popular tourist destination offers visitors a window into every aspect of the local people's traditions from the boat-shaped houses they live in, to the history of making fire by rubbing sticks, to the way they make quilts and clothes from tree bark.
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The tribal people of Li proved
themselves to be independent for their
livelihood and stood an inspirational
community to other Asian nations. The
made by the heads of their community
helped in bringing tourism into their
habitats. Now one can see the people of
Li coming out from their holes and
exposing their cultures to the outside