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Baoting (Mt. Seven Fairy or Qixianling) County is located in the south of Wuzhishan(Mt. Five Finger) , Hainan Province, 76km from Sanya City, 39km from Wuzhishan City, an area of ​​1166.6 square kilometers, accounting for 3.42% of the land area of ​​Hainan Province. Baoting County is established administrative county in 1987, which is based the 6 rural town, the territory of three state-owned farms and an Academy of Land Reclamation. Li and Miao are the local people, the county has a population of 17.03 million, of which Li 59.9% of the total population, 33.4% of the total population of the Han, Miao 4.1% of the total population, 2.6% of the total population of other ethnic .

 

 

The Qixianling Mountain Hot Spring and Forest Park was developed by Hainan Environ (Canada) Design Co., Ltd and began to receive visitors on February 21st 2011. In terms of development, scenery designers showed great respect to its nature to integrate remoteness, nature, localism and quaintness into the project and finally a number of stylish, novel and high-quality tourist resorts have emerged. The scenic spot has a total planning area of 22 square kilometers consisting of three tourism zones: a preservation zone, buffer zone and a development zone.

Baoting in latitude 18 ° south, has a tropical monsoon climate zone, rich in calories, long summer and no winter, the average temperature of 20.7-24.5 ° C, mild climate, abundant rainfall, annual rainfall of 1800-2300 ml of negative oxygen ions per cubic cm above 8200 can be described as "warm but not hot, cool but not cold, cool but not dry, smooth but not tide".

 

Baoting has abundant natural resources and tourism resources, the forest coverage rate of 85.2%, with the forest mostly tropical rainforest. Baoting, China Southern medicine planting base has of incense, dalbergia, Amomum 148 South kinds of drugs. With the southern-most 23 kilometers of the cave - fairy dragon cave, the world's largest area of ​​600 acres of tropical karst - Sin An Shilin, China's most precocious - March red lychee, is the only way to produce red Mao Dan fruit treasure.

In recent years, Baoting county, the county government relying on rain forests, hot springs, Southern medicine and folk culture of the four resources, proposed the construction of ecological civilization Health County, to build the city of Li Miao quality "direction of development, take the path of the differences in the characteristics of high-end development positioning Hainan to build the development of low-carbon eco-demonstration counties, to create an international rainforest spa tourist area "initiative to integrate into Sanya, have a certain building" Lijiang "simplified, low-carbon Baoting, warm Baoting, economic and social progress. In 2011, the county's GDP was 16.8 billion yuan, an increase of 12.6% over the previous year. Total fixed asset investment of 27 billion yuan, an increase of 102% over the previous year. Local general budget revenue of 2.3 billion yuan, an increase of 47.2% over the previous year. Urban residents' disposable income of 15,300 yuan, an increase of 17.9% over the previous year, per capita net income of farmers 4,482 yuan, an increase of 29.8% over the previous year.

Poverty reduction achieved good results in the past few years. Basically completed the task of transformation of the rural thatched cottages, a total transformation of 2210, benefiting more than 8800 farmers; 3751 new rural household biogas, "a pool of three"; invested 980 million yuan to start the construction of the Phoenix, Taoyuan, hibiscus, Kyorin affordable housing complex of 5033 units, 1,500 units have been completed and put into use (in which 384 sets of low-rent housing, affordable housing 1116 sets); fully implement the students "two exemptions and one subsidy" policy, immigrants totaled education 2821; investment 56.14 million yuan in Xinjian County People's Hospital; township hospitals and village health coverage up to 100%; farmers to participate in the new rural cooperative medical care up to 98%; insured rate of 93% of the new agricultural insurance, basic pension payment rate of 100%. Developed a total of 725 public service jobs, the resettlement of landless peasants 147; 10,155 new urban jobs, laid-off workers re-employed 1667 people; transfer of rural labor 15022; to create civilized ecological village 116; radio and television coverage of 98 %.

Baoting is a very important place with great tourism values in the south of Hainan Province. Its total population is 160, 000, among which Li and Miao ethnic minority groups account for 58 percent. It has been awarded “the Best Cultural Eco-tourist Attraction in China”, “The Best and Most Notable Green County of Tourism”, and “The Tourist Destination with Most Typical Folklore Culture Features”. It is also honored “Town of Folklore Culture and Arts in China”. Here we can go inside the world of Li and Miao ethnic minority group, to experience the activities such as March 3 of lunar Calendar, Jumping bamboo poles, Water Playing Festival, the Bull Fighting of Miao Ethnic Minority, enjoy the magnificent manual brocades and discover the mysterious tattoos and embroidery arts.

Special Dishes in Baoting The delicacies of Li and Miao ethnic minority groups in Baoting County are featured with rich food ingredients, including the poultry, livestock, fowls and beasts, fish and plants, which can be cooked via a great amount of means. Residents of Li group like eating rice or grains three meals a day. They are in favor of wild game and vegetable, among which the fried venison and mountain crab cooked with ganoderma are one of the representatives. Besides, red ant eggs, little bees and wood maggots that seem as inedible insects are considered as one of the ingredients of food. The Hmong wooden steamed rice and five-color rice (later changed into three-color rice) are the unique food among all the other groups. Their favorite dishes are the salted fish and meat, which was made of fresh fish and wild fowls that are preserved together with the fermented rice into an earthy altar for three months. A Chinese old saying goes like people are nourished by the special land they live in. Such kind of specialties has been attracting many tourists from both at home and overseas.

 

Even after visiting the major scenic spots in Baoting, your trip won’t be complete until you’ve tried the local cuisines and signature dishes, which enjoy great popularity among visitors due to their natural ingredients, special tastes and great nutritional value. There are a wide variety of local dishes for you to choose from but the main ones recommended are ‘Chicken Sleeping in the Tree’, Five-leg Pig, Surfing Fish, Fish Tea and Un-homing cattle. They are sure to leave you begging for more.

The Chicken Sleeping in the Tree, which is an indigenous breed of chicken originally from Shiling Town of Baoting, is distinct from other breeds because of its special habits. In the daytime, they look for seeds, insects, ants and more in the mountain forest and at night they sleep on the tree in front of their raiser's house. Their meat tastes like that of birds, with crispy skin and great nutritional value. No matter whether roasted or fried or boiled in a piece of bamboo, the meat is guaranteed to taste extremely good. This great dish can be eaten at most local restaurants. Five-leg Pig comes from pigs that roam wild in the mountain fields. Their snouts are longer than those of domestic pigs, and they use them to snuffle around tree-roots and land to find potatoes and wild fruit for food. Seen from a distance they appear to have 5 legs, which is why they are called "5-leg pig". Their skin is thick and their meat is burly, tender and sweet, fat but not greasy. "Roast Pig" is a must-have dish for outdoor adventure lovers when visiting Li villages. At night, the air in the mountain villages is especially cool, and groups of people sit around the stove and enjoy it with the local Shanlan rice wine, nothing could be more enjoyable. Surfing Fish For many diners, the Surfing Fish is the most delectable of Baoting’s dishes and it is also ranked No.1 in the local official recommended dishes. The surfing fish usually live in the unpolluted gully streams. As these fish love swimming against currents, they have gained the nickname Surfing Fish. As they can only grow as big as a human middle finger, Li people usually like to fry them. Their meat is rich in protein and tender. As this kind of fish needs high water quality, the thriving of Surfing Fish in the area shows the high water quality in the area.Cattle never returning home A special kind of cattle is raised by Li people on the remote mountains of nearby forests and allowed to roam freely. They will check in on them once a week. The beef is sweet and dry. While there are many ways to cook the beef, the most popular is to bake in a stone pot. Fish Tea is one of the popular dishes in Baoting and is very frequently offered to guests. Because it takes time to boil the fish, a kind of tea is made from the cooking water mixed with the flesh of the fish. The taste of fish tea is a little sour, sweet and salty with a fragrant aroma and agreeable taste. Almost everybody who tries the drink loves it. The place also produces a variety of vegetables and tubers which mainly grow in the tropical rainforest. The most common ones are frizzle vegetables, pumpkin flowers (leaves), revolution vegetables, yam and wild hollow vegetables. It is because of the local climate, and high soil and water quality that these items are able to grow in the area - they’re hard to find in big cities and have many health benefits. With their tasty flavors, they are wonderful ingredients for soup. Don't forget to sample the delicious cuisine next time you visit Baoting and email us for your comments so that we can share your comments with other tourists. 

Festival in Baoting The Double Seventh Festival, also known as Magpie Festival, falls on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month (13th August of year 2013), and is similar to Valentine's Day in western countries. The festival originates from the legend of the loyal love between Niulang (牛郎 cowboy) and Zhinv (织女 weaving girl), two characters of the romantic Chinese legend Cowboy and Weaving Girl.

 
Nowadays, the day has become the Chinese Valentine’s Day. In Baoting County of Hainan Province, where the ethnic minorities Li and Miao live, the Qixi Festival is the most important festival and is marked by water games between people in love. It's traditional to express your affection for a loved one by splashing water over them. The food for the festival will be prepared with Li and Miao local flavors. Celebrations are also held in the theme of Water Fun Day, including large-scale bamboo dances, a water-splashing attended by tens of thousands of people, wedding performances of the Li and Miao people and folk songs in pairs. In 2010, the festival was listed one of the most popular festivals in China and selected by UNESCO as the most popular folk festival of 2011. In Baoting, people in love, young and old, all treasure the festival.