Dali Local Customs

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  • Dali Festivals

    by yunnantraveller Updated Jun 2, 2010

    Ever wondered when all these festivals are happening in Dali and around Yunnan?
    On YunnanExplorer.com you can find an accurate festival calendar that will give you the western dates for all the festivals in the coming year together with quite a bit of information on some of the events.

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    The Bai

    by Willettsworld Written Nov 7, 2008
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    The main inhabitants of the region in and around Dali are the Bai, who number about 1.5 million. In Dali they make up 65% of the population and the best place to go and witness their daily activities is in the market that lies in a street straight outside the West Gate. The Bai people favour white clothes and decorations. White in Chinese is pronounced 'Bai', so maybe this is where their name derives from. Women in Dali traditionally wear a white coat trimmed with a black or purple collar, blue loose trousers; embroider shoes, silver bracelets and ear rings.

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    Vida en el Campo / Farmers

    by elpariente Written Apr 14, 2008

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    La vida de la gente que trabaja el campo no es fácil ya que los métodos de producción que utilizan son los tradicionales , con muy poca ayuda de las máquinas y son las mujeres la que en su mayoría lo trabajan
    El terreno es del estado , pero asignan a las familias , dependiendo del número de miembros , ciertas zonas donde se puede sembrar
    En el cartel en rojo de la foto aparecen en chino las familias que hay en el pueblo , sus miembros y los terrenos que tienen asignados

    The life of the people working the field is not easy because the production methods used are traditional, with very little help from the machines and the women are who mostly make the work
    The land is owned by the state, but assigned to families, depending on the number of the family members where they may farm
    In the red poster of the picture appear in Chinese the families in the village, their members and the variation of the land they have allocated

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    Chinos / Chinese

    by elpariente Written Apr 13, 2008

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    La gente del campo en China es muy fotogénica y aunque es difícil comunicarse con ellos por el problema del idioma , siempre por señas puedes conseguir una sonrisa

    Country people in China are very photogenic and even if it is difficult to communicate with them , because of the language ,with mimic you may get some smiles

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    Cuevanos

    by elpariente Written Apr 13, 2008

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    En las montañas de Cantabria ( España ) se utilizaban los "cuévanos" ( Especie de cestos que se llevan a la espalda ) para llevar a los niños y vimos que en esta zona de China también los utilizan
    Hay muchos hombres que se encargan del cuidado de los niños , mientras las mujeres hacen las labores del campo y llevan a los niños en la espalda , con el cesto o atados con una especie de mochila multicolor


    In the mountains of Cantabria ( Spain )people used "cuévanos" (Kind of baskets that are carried on the back) to take the children and we saw that in this area of China they are also used
    There are many men who look after the children, while women do the work of the field and ltake the children in the back with a basket or tied with a kind of multicoloured backpack

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    2 Arroz / Rice

    by elpariente Written Apr 11, 2008

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    El arroz se lleva a los pueblos en gavillas , donde se seca en las carreteras, calles o patios y más tarde se desgrana con máquinas o algunas veces, los ponen en la carretera con el fin de aprovechar el tráfico
    Los granos de arroz se secan al sol y se almacenan
    The rice is taken to the villages , where they dry it on the roads , streets or yards and later on they remove the grains with machines or some times they put them in the road in order to have advantage of the cars traffic
    The rice grains are dried in the sun and stored

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    1 Arroz / Rice

    by elpariente Written Apr 11, 2008

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    El arroz es un producto que se cultiva alrededor del lago y tanto en el campo como en los pueblos podemos ver todo su ciclo de producción :

    Aquí vemos como se siembra y se cocseha en los arrozales


    Rice is a product that is grown up around the lake and both in the countryside and in the villages you can see the entire production cycle:

    Here we see planting and cropping in rice fields

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    Jardín Zen / Zen Garden

    by elpariente Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Esto que parece un Jardín Zen , por su geometría y por el sumo cuidado con que está hecho no es más que la forma que tienen de secar el arroz en mitad de la calle


    Though it looks like a Zen Garden, because of its geometry and the great care with which it's done , it is just the way they have to dry the rice in the middle of the street

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    Tintes atados / Dyes tied

    by elpariente Written Apr 11, 2008

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    Estos son "batiks" , típicos de la cultura Bai, que utilizan un tinte llamado "banlagen" y con él pintan animales y flores en el tejido que luego atan con nudos en las zonas que no quieren que que se coloreen
    Primero preparan las telas con los diseños que quieren hacer , luego hacen los nudos , tiñen las telas en grandes calderas y después las secan al sol en sus patios que tienen un gran colorido

    These are "batiks," typical of the Bai culture , that use a dye called "banlagen" and they paint flowers and animals in the fabric that is tied with knots in the areas that they do not want to be painted
    First , they prepare fabrics with designs they want to do, then they do the knots, stained fabrics in large boilers and then they are dried in the sun , in their yards which look very colorful

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    Queso / Cheese

    by elpariente Written Apr 11, 2008

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    En China no es fácil encontrar queso , pero aquí es una comida típica y tuvimos la suerte de visitar una quesería .
    Las vacas y la fabricación del queso es a lo que estamos acostumbrados nosotros , pero la sorpresa empieza cuando vemos que aquí hacen tiras de queso que arrollan en unos palos y lo dejan hasta que se seca .
    De sabor está bien


    In China it is not easy to find cheese, but here is a typical meal, and we were lucky as we could visit a cheese factory.
    Cows and manufacture of the cheese is what we are accustomed us, but the surprise begins when we saw that they make cheese strips and they roll them on sticks to dry
    The flavour is good

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    solar panels

    by xaver Written Oct 12, 2007

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    Jim's tibetan hotel as most of the new buildings in Dali get hot water using solar panels on their roofs.
    Dali is not sunny all the year so they also have the usual boiler for cloudy or rainy days but, talking with Jim, I got to know that for most of the year the panels give enough hot water for all the hotel and restaurant.
    It's a pity that in Italy we still did not get a law that obliges to put solar panels on new buildings as we have much more sunny days than Dali.

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    Bai

    by xaver Written Oct 12, 2007

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    Yunnan is popular because it is an area with many minority etnic groups.
    In Dali and the surrounding areas you find the Bai ones.I thought that minority groups were just different for clothes, specially hats, here I learnt that they also have different food, and above all language, also written one, different caracters, not just slang but real languages.
    A friend told me that even if she grew up in Bali she could hardly understand the Bai language and nothing at all about the naxi one, typical of Lijiang.

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    Wedding Ceremomy

    by tierneyli Written Jun 22, 2004
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    DaLi is a self-government state of the Bai nationality, their wedding ceremony is quite special. If you take the official travel boat, you can have a very interesting party of wedding ceremony. Dont forget to pinch bride's face, it is the best blessing for her. See more pics of the ceremony in my travelogues.

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    Carrying away the bride

    by stmlnyc Written Feb 11, 2004
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    In this particular show's audience participation, selected attendees get to carry the bride away if they answer some questions about the show correctly.

    Overall, the show was good even though it was geared for tourists...not exactly a 'cultural' performance. Price fairly steep at 120 RMB a person.

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    Bai nationality performers

    by stmlnyc Written Feb 11, 2004
    Bride and groom performers

    The organized tour included a performance by Bai nationality members depicting a courtship and wedding ceremony. One notable aspect is that after the wedding the bride is often pinched by the guests.

    Also, notice the quirky sunglasses and what looks like a large clock necklace.

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