In the heart of the Longji rice terraces is Huangluo Village; better known as "the long haired women village." In this unique tradition, women may only cut their hair once in their lives; when they turn 18; to symbolize adulthood and that they can now marry. When the hair is cut, it is kept as a symbol of luck or wealth and made into a ornamental headpiece; given to the groom on their wedding day. It is also worn in different styles depending on social status. If her hair is wrapped around her head, she is married and doesn't have children. If it's in covered with cloth, she is looking for a husband. And if there is a bun in front, she is married with children such as the woman pictured here, sewing the traditional Yao outfit.
You may ask why would these women grow their hair to an average of 6 feet in length? It's believed the longer they grow their hair, the more luck, fortune and wealth they receive.