Carnival for man and nature: playing Bazi with kangba girls!


Tour in Tibet, you may see groups of Tibetan men and women gathered together.  They are chatting, drinking and singing, circle surrounded singing and dancing happily on the lawns, on the open fields, the threshing land, in the yard, by the lake, near the temples or any other places. This is the Tibetan local custom of "playing Bazi or dancing Guozhuang."


It is said that "playingBazi" is the time, such as the slack time, festivals or any other holidays,  men, women and children ( or any the special day, only women or men) bring abundant and various food, such as raw beef, dried beef and mutton, sticky cake, butter, brick tea, Tibetan snacks, highland barley wine and so on. They will be seated in one group or several groups eating, drinking and chatting. And then spontaneously circle together singing and dancing. This kind of circling dancing is called Guozhuang, people also call it “Dancing Guozhuang" In big festivals, people who come to play bazi will also bring tents, dropping around and visiting their relatives and friends. This will last for several days and also they will dance Guozhuang days and nights.


Health grass quietly, quietly opened flowers. Strong, bold, outspoken eastern Tibetan locals are as if being born as the son of nature. A variety of painted tents like flowers scatter over the green grass land. Kangba men are born with "Blooding the voice of horseshoes' ringing" eat meat with big mouthful, drink with bowls, talk and laugh loudly; laughter echoed in the mountains and the ravines. The Kangba girls dance happily with their charming splendid figures, so the eastern Tibetan rivers and the wild flowers on the meadow.

Once the summer comes, in lunar July and August, with the pleasant climate, flowers are blooming prosperously. You could see fields of Yamahana and beautiful lakes mountains scenery and enjoy nature's gift.

At this moment, you can see the Tibetans wearing bright and colored national costumes out of the masses, in the whirling of the old trees, in the lingka near the rivers, in the mountain of flowers, on the green grass. They come out with a whole family of with their friends or relatives, or the village as a unit. They drive the carriage, catch the white tents, or wild animal husbandry, or with their own brought variety of cooked food, drinking and singing folk songs or playing Tibetan opera, playing Cards, jumping Guozhuang, Xuanzi, or chatting. Sometimes they will enjoy the fun to the evening, with a deep sense of the tipsy, accompanied singing and go on the way home.

Some want to stay several days, enjoy it fully and go, in recent years, farmers and herdsmen are living gradually affluent, more and more people come to "playing bazi". The tents erected larger and larger, more and more beautiful. They will play all nights long in three, four, five six, seven or eight days happily as to be in a carnival paradise.

With the powerful and nice Tibetan music start, a group of beautiful Tibetan girls sing beautiful songs, performed a beautiful folk dance. Some of the other people, or playing the tune, or more people will join in to dance together, entire bazi quickly filled with a joyful atmosphere.

When Tibetan playing bazi, , they put all the secular work aside, and will never work in a full seven or eight days , only to experience the joyful feeling of putting down anything. Therefore, when playing bazi, everyone in the village regardless of men, women and children will come together, wearing the best clothes. Men and women, hand in hand dancing, singing, playing all kinds of games on the grass, or even with cooking and tea brewing.

In this joyful day, girls dressed in festive costumes, wear gold hanging silver, jewelry, bright, charming and beautiful.

Tour in Tibet, come in person and feel how happy the people are!

This is the true sense of the harmonious coexistence between man and nature, the carnival between man and nature l!

Note: "playing bazi", is the word that people in Qamdo and other Tibet areas like to say. In fact, in Lhasa words, it will be called "guo lingka."