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Journey through China - Bama Yao Autonomous County

China Cultural Center in Den Haag

Perhaps only the enchanting waters and mountains of Guangxi could give rise to a miracle place so unique. Bama Yao Autonomous County, known as "The Home of Longevity in the World · The Holy Land of Chinese Centenarians," falls under the jurisdiction of Hechi City in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. With a landscape dominated by mountains and scarce flat land, often described as "eight parts mountain, one part water, and one part farmland," it spans an area of 1971 square kilometers and is home to 12 ethnic groups including the Yao, Zhuang, and Han. According to data from the second to fifth national censuses, the proportion of centenarians in Bama to its total population ranks first among the world's five longevity areas. But what earns it the title of "The Temple of Longevity”?

The Panlong River flows quietly, guarding the memories of generations; the Ming River, in its mysterious way, reveals the secrets of longevity. The intriguing "Bama Therapy" is becoming a new pursuit of life. Every year, Bama attracts over a hundred thousand tourists from home and abroad to reside and recuperate, coming and going, and the locals affectionately call them "migratory birds." Amidst the tranquility of the mountains and waters, a multitude of birds gathers, warmly welcoming these distant "migratory birds.”

The secret to longevity tightly binds all of humanity together. In Bama, what awaits us is a discussion about life that transcends national borders and eras. The story of life resonates leisurely, endlessly flourishing.

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