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Hunan Xiangxi Mud Festival Kicks off

The Fourth Xiangxi Mud Festival kicked off at the Red Carbonate-Rock Stone Forest National Geopark, Xiangxi Tujia and Miao Autonomous Prefecture on July 22, 2017. It is a different way of expressing love having your body painted with colorful mud. A thousand tourists and Tujia youths participated.

During the opening ceremony, several programs were staged, such as Nuo Opera, Tujia Drama “Love at the Red Carbonate-Rock Stone Forest National Geopark”, and a song about mud festival composed by He Muyang. The performances attracted many tourists to dance to the music.

A Tujia woman paints a tourist’s face with colorful mud.

Some Tujia girls join in the mud frolics to pray for happiness.

Translator: Xiao Juan