The Li and Miao Villages in Hainan – by Hu Yaling (RARE!)


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  • 342 pages, In English and Chinese
  • RARE! Nearly impossible to find outside of China. Highly Collectible (author signed)
  • Paperback, Printed color wrappers on heavy card stock, 1st edition; beautiful design & production value
  • 10 1/4 x 10 1/2 inches – larger format
  • Hundreds of color photos by author (a professional photographer) of the little known Indigenous Li people of Hainan Island (China); she has made more than 30 research trips to Li settlements over a 20+ year period
  • Contains color photographs and descriptions of the tattoos (facial and body) worn by all Li subgroups (Run, Qi, Ha, Meifu), the tattoo process/tools; the tattoo section covers pp. 170-190. 
  • Signed in Chinese characters and dated “2012” on inside cover page by author
  • Excellent copy with no marks or stains
  • Covers all aspects of Li culture, from spiritual practices to music to architecture to weaving to clothing, etc. (contact me for full Table of Contents)
  • 3.75 U.S. pounds weight
  • ISBN 978-7-5443-4249-0
  • Hainan Publishing House, 2012
  • SUBJECT LISTING: Anthropology; Indigenous Studies; Visual Studies; Art History; Architecture
  • $7.99 Flat Rate Shipping per book


The Li and Miao Villages in Hainan might be the closest there has ever been to a complete English language publication on the Li of Hainan Island, including their tattooing practices and styles.  This highly scarce book is very difficult to find in North America.

* Shipping to USA addresses only. Contact me for international orders.


Excellent, very solid and firm with little to no signs of use. Clean throughout. A couple of minor dents (1/8 inch) to back cover but does not impact interior due to double-flap heavy card stock wrappers. Please contact me for photos. 

*Good luck finding another copy in North America!