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National Customs

Customs of the Manchus
The Manchus, one of China's ethnic tribes, have a time-honored history and culture. They have unique headwear and clothing decorations and use wooden bowls, wooden ladles, and wooden basins. All their houses have the door open to the south. Men and women are not allowed to find marriage partners of the same surname and both of the partners must be bannermen and bannerwomen. The Manchu people are good at singing and dancing. They love such sports as wrestling, horsemanship, and ice skating. Before the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234), the Manchus believed in Shamanism. Later, Buddhism, Lamaism, and Taoism spread among them, a result of long years' contacts with the Mongolians and the Hans. They came under the influence of Catholicism and Christianity. The Manchu Folk Custom Village of Hantun, on the eastern bank of the Songhua River north of the Ming Dynasty town of Wulajie in Yongji County, is an ideal place for tourists to learn the customs of the Manchu ethnic group. The village features typical Manchu houses. There, tourists may have a taste of the local food, watch performances of Manchu songs and dances, and participate in traditional Manchu sports.

Customs of the Koreans
The Koreans in Yanbian are an ethnic group with a unique style of living. They build their houses with a wooden framework and a roof covered with rice straw. Men wear sleeveless jacketes over wide-legged trousers, and women wear short jackets tied in front with a long ribbon and straight or wraparound skirts. Wrestling, springboard, and swinging are the popular sports. The Korean people observe various festivals, including Shousui (Lunar New Year), Shangyuan (Lantern), Hanshi (Pure Brightness), Duanwu (Dragon Boat), Qiuxi (Mid-Autumn), and Dongzhi (Winter Solstice) festivals. The best places to learn the Korean customs are Hongqi Village in Antui County and Longshan Korean Folk Custom Village in Longjing City. The former is 140 kilometers from Yanji City, while the latter is 10 kilometers south of Yanji City and 9 kilometers west of Longjing City.

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