Hailed as China’s most beautiful countryside, Huangling is set to welcome visitors from around the world to celebrate the village’s one-of-a-kind shaiqiu tradition as the peak season of the five-month China (Huangling) Shaiqiu Culture Festival arrives in September, a series of special events will be presented in the first week of October.
Huangling is the only Chinese village that has kept the folk tradition of shaiqiu, or “crop dry in mid-air.” The villagers sun dry harvests and produces like hot chili pepper, pumpkin, chrysanthemum flower and corn on the hundreds high and low rooves of Hui-style houses throughout the year.
In 2015, Huangling inaugurated the Shaiqiu Cultural Festival with the goal to encourage more visitors to join the locals in fun activities for the best experience of the shaiqiu tradition.
“September to November are the best months to enjoy the splendid view of shaiqiu in Huangling as the numerous baskets of fruits and vegetables bathed in sunshine echo the bright palette of red and golden autumn foliage in the mountain as well as the aureate paddy fields,” said Wu Xiangyang, CEO of Wuyuan Rural Culture Development Co., Ltd.
Villagers in Huangling also arrange the baskets of harvests creatively in different shapes and patterns for a more vivid view.
Shaiqiu is reflected in Huangling people’s everyday life and has become a very local phenomenon. The food preservation practice to cope to the humid climate has immersed in the folk and cultural activities as well as various celebrations, like the string-the-chilies contest which is held during most major traditional Chinese festivals in the village and the popular folk song “Song of Shaiqiu” is frequently performed by local artists in countryside concerts.
While enjoying the best of shaiqiu and celebrating the festive harvests, the crape myrtle flowers is also reaching full boom, presenting a grandiose red and rosy-mauve flower sea that works in concert with the gradient colored trees, running creeks and harmonious village lifestyle.
“The village is an ideal destination to understand more of the Chinese history and culture, in the best shaiqiu season, it’s now time to plan weekend excursions and photography trips to a village that presents both the picturesque natural environment and exciting cultural heritages,” Wu said.