The living room on the second floor has a wooden floor, and several wooden
pillars supporting the roof . The focal point of the living room is the
fireplace, made from stone slabs, where a fire burns the whole year round. The
fireplace is also where family and friends gather to celebrate weddings, births
Another fascinating feature of Taoping village is its complex and highly
effective water supply network. Subterranean channels run beneath each street,
enabling water to be fetched simply by lifting a stone slab. The sound of
running water pervades, yet not a drop is in sight.
Qiang dress and ornamentation
Qiang people have a strong aesthetic sense, as can be seen from their daily
dress and ornamentation. They sew their own garments and footwear and embroider
them with various motifs. Women's wearing, from hats to shoes, is elaborately
decorated with floral patterns, sometimes giving the impression that the scent
of flowers emanates from the clothes.
Festivals: The Qiang New Year falls on the first day of the
tenth lunar month. Celebrations last three to five days, during which sacrifices
are made to the god of the heavens, the god of the mountain and the god of the
Food: Qiang people like medicinal dishes, particularly soup,
that have specific functions for body organs.
Taboos: Qiang households should not be visited when a family
member is sick, or if the wife is pregnant. Stepping over the fireplace is also
Shopping: Qiang women excel at embroidery, and the
embroidered wallets, handbags and local costumes make ideal souvenirs and