33 imagesTai chi is an internal Chinese martial art practiced for both defense training and health benefits. Though originally conceived as a martial art, it is also typically practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: competitive wrestling in the format of Pushing Hands (Tui Shou), demonstration competitions, and achieving greater longevity. As a result, a multitude of training forms exist, both traditional and modern, which correspond to those aims with differing emphasis. Some training forms of t'ai chi ch'uan are especially known for being practiced with relatively slow movements. At sunrise groups of people of different age, gender and physical conditions gather at many locations in Beijing (for example near Temple of Heaven) and practice Tai Chi with their group leaders for free.
8 imagesLongsheng in Guangxi, China is home to four minority nationalities: Miao, Yao, Dong and Zhuang. The Yao and Zhuang nationalities live in Longji. The Yao have distinctive clothing and hair styles which set them apart from other ethnic groups. Yao women are famous for having the longest hair in the world. After maffiage they never cut their hair. Instead they wrap the hair in a bun on top of their head in a style resembling an Indian turban.