Did you know that a few hours north of Guilin exists a beautiful, verdant village, where cars cannot reach, where few tourists ever venture, where the women’s long, black hair is the stuff of legend? A forty-minute climb up a steep hill will bring to you the home of the Red Yao, a friendly culture with a long history they are happy to share.

The Red Yao have always been a bit difficult to coerce and control. In ancient times, they were rebels actively fighting the Ming Dynasty. When Zeng Hu and his treasure fleet ruled the seas (before Columbus and Magellan), the Yao were well-defined inside their own culture and de facto homeland. Nowadays, the Yao are an officially-recognized minority group in China, numbering 2.6 million within the country.

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