When you are eating at the restaurants in Kunming, remember to check whether you are entitled to the lucky draw coupons shown in the photo. You need to rub the shiny area with a coin to see whether you have won any prices.
I think if was on the 1st of July, Canada Day. I was walking around Kunming, in a trance. This was only a month after my arrival after all and things sink in slowly.
I was drawn to Jinbi Square by the sound of Opera... not the Bel Canto kind... and found the whole place filled with folding chairs. Hundreds of people were watching a show on a stage that wasn't there the day before. People kept calling me, offering me their chair to sit and watch with them. The lady I sat with held my hand throughout the show... surprising, when you think how rare it is for Chinese people to touch in public. I still remember her smile. She was glad I chose *her* spare chair, I think :-)
anyway, the pic is a group of dancers from one of the 27 nationalities living in Kunming. They looked so young from my chair. When I went behind the scenes after their show, I saw that they were all quite mature. What make-up and costume can do! :-) Well, they were more agile than many teens I know! Go girls!
It means you love the girl and want to marry her. In that way, you have to stay there for three years and work for her. After three years, if she was satisfied with you, she would work for you; otherwise you would be jilted.
1) Yi: Largest group with a population of 4.16 million. It accounts for about 62.1% of total Yu population in China.
Language: 6 dialects.
Food: Love to drink.
2) Naxi: Meaning black. Outgoing & love to sing & dance. Population: 278,000. About 185,000 live in Lijiang. Idolise hawk, frog & snake.
Food: Herbal & mainly stewed.
Costumes: Only the singles can wear red. Married women wear black. 7-star sheepskin cape is part of their dowry; usually sewn by the mothers. Women are breadwinner in this group of minorities & men just relax & indulge themselves in music & caligraphy! Not bad, guys ;-).
3) Bai: With longest history & most advanced in their culture. Found mostly in Dali. Population: 1.39 million.
Language: With spoken language but no written form. Uses Chinese words instead.
Monkeys dont like to be stared at. Its true. I don't like it when people stare at me. So, if you stare at monkeys, they might bite or at least lunge at you. This 'super' monkey in Lijiang's Black Dragon Park was a bit aloof though. Staring didnt even phase him.
This is how Kunming's City look like today. We took this photo right in front of the most crowded area called JinPi Squares. They are using thousand pots of fresh flowers to decorate this city, as you can see inside this photo, I am standing with them. This is also a place for you to take photos, shopping, people watching, etc. At about 6pm, one of the street turn into a night bazaar selling everything from foods, shoes to electronic products.
7-Star Sheepskin Cape: The Naxi people are often spotted wearing this '7-star sheepskin cape' on their backs. If you look closedly you'll find 7 round embroidered ornaments on this cape which is made of 1 piece of black sheepskin. The ornaments were sewn onto the cape & they represent the stars. While the white part of the cape refers to the sky & the black part refers to the earth. All this is said to represent how hardworking the Naxi ladies are, working from dawn to dusk in the field every day. In fact, the Naxi used to be a matriarchal society & you can hardly find the man carrying a basket or heavy load on their back!
Nothing is taster the a nite cap of "fei jiu" (pork wine), an alcoholic beverage made only in Yunnan. The only english on the label is " Strong and Handson disposed wine"
Made from hoo-loo, which has the shape of an hour-glass.
It's a woodwind. The locals use it to play beautiful music.
This is made entirely of grass ! Slightly more than one foot high.
And it is very comfortable, can also be used as a potted plant stand.
Amazing yah !
Nowadays, people in Kunming are getting richer. You can see many condominiums and rich housing projects springing out in the suburbs of Kunming, of which some of them are very beautiful.
Many of the restaurnats in Kunming will give the guests tissue paper in very beautiful boxes which advertise their store. They are worth keeping as sourvenirs.
This man in Lijiang (Shangri La) is famous for his athleticism and caligraphy. I can't think of a better way to express the Chinese love for the written word.
@ My first experience on Fire Cracker. It was loud and fun ! ! ! I played it during My tRip to Lijiang .