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Huzhu Tu Folklore Park

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Huzhu Tu Folklore Park

Huzhu Tu Folklore Park is located in Weiyuan Town, Huzhu Tu Autonomous County. Tu ethnic people were among the earliest inhabitants on the Qinghai Plateau, and the county is the only autonomous county for them in China. Over the course of a long history, Tu ethnic people have developed unique culture and customs. Local women use red, yellow, black, green and white cloth to sew up the sleeves of their dresses, which look like the rainbow in the sky.

Weiyuan is thus called “Hometown of Rainbow” The colorful folk customs of Tu ethnic people are just like a splendid rainbow, attracting numerous Chinese and foreign tourists to the park, where they are invariably impressed by the particular houses and courtyards of the local residents, the local specialties such as Barley Wine and traditional snacks, the distinctive wedding ceremony, colorful wheel swing and Anzhao Dance.

Huzhu Tu Folklore Park
A Wheel Swing in the Huzhu Tu Folklore Park

Tu ethnic people (The Monguor)

The Monguor, the Tu people, the White Mongol or the Tsagaan Mongol, are Mongolic people and one of the 56 officially recognized ethnic groups in China. The “Tu” ethnic category was created in the 1950s.

Their culture and the social organizations have been influenced by Tibetan Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and local beliefs. A few Tu in Huzhu and Minhe are Christian, the result of on-going American and Korean missionary work in the area.

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