There are many branches
of Miao in Taijiang, and the Miao in Fanpai is one of the special
26kms from the town of Taijing, Fanpai is located on the high and
faraway mountain. Fanpai is called " Fangbi" in Miao language
meaning a village on the faraway mountain, the bus trip to the village
is bumpy and hard, but the natural scenery of terraced fields is
stunning, you also will pass a few Miao villages en route where
you can stop to take pictures.
The village is surrounded
by green trees and paddy fields, a small river flows through the
foot of it. There are more than 200 families in the village, their
houses are wooden houses on stilts, they are made of China firs
or pines If lucky you may see indigo dying.
Fanpai village has
some interesting festivals such as "Worshipping bridge"
festival on the second day of the second lunar month, " Miao
new year" in the tenth lunar month and the Fertility festival
which is held every 12 years.
Fanpai is famous for
wooden drum dance, so during the festivals, the villagers get together
playing Lusheng, dancing wooden drum. The wooden drum of the village
is perticularly excellent. Some girls from this village have been
to the other countries to show their wooden drum dance and given
people a deep impression, hence " Home to wooden drum dance".
The wooden drum dance
is the most grand worshipping dance of Fanpai. During import festivals
or the season of fall harvest, or the auspicious occasions, the
young and old of Fanpai village get together at the big square in
front of the village, they beat wooden drum and dance with the rhythm.
The sound of beating the wooden drum is loud, following the rhythm,
people dance with violent movement by shaking their hands, feet
and heads. The movement of beating and dancing is straightforward
and uninhibited, hence " Oriental disco".
Comparing to the other
Miao villages, the men of Fanpai still dress in fine traditional
festival costumes, this is somewhat different from the other branches,
it's not easy to find such a men's festival dress in the modern
During festivals, the young girls the village also dress their finest
festival dress which is decorated by peculiar silver jewelry on
The road from Taijiang
to Fanzao is acceptable, but it's very bad from Fanzao to Fanpai
is pretty bad, so in general, Fanpai is pretty and simple, it's
worth visiting for adventure travelers.