In the middle of September, more than 30 villagers who live on the border areas of Dehong joined a package tour to Beijing. Most of the them are Lisu while others are Jingpo. Dressed in colorful ethnic costumes, they started from Mangshi and travelled around Suzhou,Hangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing, spreading Lisu folk songs everywhere they went.
The villagers were interested and curious about everything since it was the first time that they made a long journey, travelled by plane and train, stayed in hotels and took elevators. While touring around Shanghai, their first stop, they were amazed at the splendid buildings. With a pride in the marvelous country, they presented Lisu folk songs sincerely in Shanghai Bund. Their resounding singing and amazing ethnic costumes attracted tourists home and abroad who came over to chat with them and took photos with them.
Touring the West Lake, the visitors retold the stories of Bai Suzhen and Xu Xian, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, with which they were familiar. They excelled the tour guides in telling folklores.
In Suzhou, what amazed them were not the picturesque scenery but the swarming tourists and blooming tourism. They hoped that their beautiful village would also attract visitors home and abroad.
Surprised at the vast and abundant Taihu Lake, they presented their folk songs again. In each scenic spot in Nanjing, they were infused with patriotism.
Paying respect to the remains of late Chairman Mao has been a long wish of numerous villagers in the border areas. On the sixth day, they spent four hours on the Tian’anmen Square, fulfilling their long-cherished wish.
On the Great Wall, they presented their folk songs and even performed the dance of their ethnic group. In the Bird's Nest, the villagers sang the most ancient and traditional songs in their hometown and performed the last dance during their tour.