Lijiang Local Customs

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  • famous Naxi Ancient Music and Dance Show

    by kayleelijiang Written Nov 15, 2010

    At night, Lijiang will never disappoint her friends who have come from far away. When dawn arrives, various recreational activities will be played in the Old Town. As well as the exotic local scenery to be enjoyed during the day, the colorful nightlife in Quick Guide will give you a profound understanding of the mysterious cultures practiced by the local ethnic groups.

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    Naxi Ancient Music and Dance Show

    Naxi Dance and Music Show
    The Naxi People, who have inhabited Lijiang for a long time, have created their unique and splendid Dongba Culture, while also absorbing the essence of the other groups. The same as other groups' civilizations in the world, Dongba Culture is a kind of religious culture, involving every aspect of the locals' daily life. Amongst them, the Naxi ancient music and dance are two pearls in the mysterious Dongba Culture.

    Currently, the most appreciated tour itinerary of travelers from home and abroad in Lijiang is to admire the scenic spots by day and enjoy the Naxi ancient music and dance show by night. At present, there are two places for visitors to see the authentic Naxi music and dance show.

    Naxi Concert Hall

    Naxi Concert Hall
    Every night from 20:00 to 21:30 pm, there is a wonderful concert played in this hall, which is located at No.11 Jishan Valley, Xinyi Street of the Old Town. The melodious Naxi music is performed by a group of local senior musicians whose are more than 60 years old on average. Because annually one or two of these great musicians pass away, it is reported that the rare art is already on the brink of being lost. The other highlight of this concert is the brilliant running commentary of Xuan Ke in fluent English and Chinese. He has made a great contribution to the restoration of Naxi music.
    Ticket: The charge ranges from CNY80 to CNY120 per person (approximately $10 to $15 US).

    The Dongba Palace

    Cultural Show at Dongba Palace
    In comparison to the performances at the Concert Hall, the performance played in Dongba Palace attracts a great deal of audiences by its grand scenes, delicate production and intriguing theme. It is a must to watch the gorgeous live theatre-Mountain and River Show, which involves the unique customs, daily life and fairy tails of Naxi People. Additionally, there are some other wonderful exotic performances acted in the palace from 20:00 daily.

    Lijiang International Ethnic Cultural Exchange Center
    The Mountain and River Show played in this center attracts a great number of travelers every night. This show is a comprehensive living theater, including not only the Naxi ancient music but also the traditional custom of those ethnic minorities lived in Lijiang.
    Time: 19:50-20:00 Naxi Ancient Music
    20:00-21:00 Mountain and River Show
    Ticket fare: RMB 140/160/180

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    The Naxi

    by Willettsworld Written May 10, 2009

    The people of the Naxi ethnic minority mostly live in the Naxi Autonomous County in Lijiang, Yunnan Province, while the rest live in Sichuan and Tibet. Their population is 308,893 according to the 2000 census. In the name Naxi (also spelled Nakhi), Na means senior and honored and Xi means people. Lijiang has been the base of the Naxi for about the last 1400 years.

    Naxi women wear blue blouses and trousers covered by a blue or black apron. Their written language has been around for over 1000 years and is an extraordinary system of pictographs - the only hieroglyphic language still in use. You'll, no doubt, see them dancing or just sitting around in the Old Town especially in the large square near the waterwheels or in the market square.

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    Expensive tea

    by albaaust Written Apr 13, 2009

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    •Purer tea is quite expensive. Many Chinese like to also drink it with Chrysanthemums in it.
    So, if you have "Chinese" friends and they ask for purer tea be prepared to spend as much on the tea as you would the meal!!

    Cost 68 Yuan.

    Purer tea
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    Faroles / Red lanterns

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2008

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    Cuando llegas a Lijiang te llama la atención que a la puerta de todas las casas tienen faroles rojos que por la noche se encienden y dan un caracter muy especial a la ciudad

    When you arrive in Lijiang striking that at the door of every house they have red lanterns that are lit at night and they give a very special character to the city

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    La siesta del gato / Cats siesta

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2008

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    Aunque hay mucho barullo y jaleo en Lijiang , no deja de haber también tranquilidad , como se puede ver en la sieta de este gato

    Although there is much chaos and noise in Lijiang, you also have tranquil places , as you can see in the "siesta" of this cat sieta

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    Un mar gris / A grey sea

    by elpariente Written Apr 18, 2008

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    En cuanto se sube a las zonas altas de Lijiang se pueden ver todos los tejados . Parece un mar gris , pues todos los tejados son de pizarra


    As soon as you go to the upper area of Lijiang you can see all the rooftops . It looks like a grey sea, as all are slate roofs

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    Agua /Water El agua viene de las

    by elpariente Written Apr 17, 2008

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    El agua viene desde las montañas del Dragón de Jade hasta la laguna del dragón Negro donde existe una represa y desde allí el agua baja para llenar los canales que hay en la ciudad antigua de Lijiang , le da vida a sus molinos y hace que se la pueda llamar la Venecia de Oriente

    The water comes from the Jade Dragon mountains up to the Black Dragon pool where there is a dam and from here they fill of water the channels that exist down the river in the Ancient city of Lijiang , it gives life , to its water mills, its bridges and makes possible that we may call Lijiang the Venice of the East

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    Los / The Naxi

    by elpariente Written Apr 17, 2008

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    El grupo étnico Naxi (纳西族 ) es el más importantes en esta región de Lijiang . Destacan por las calles , las mujeres que están con sus vestidos azulones amplios , sus delantales negros , las cabezas cubiertas con sus gorros típicos o con gorros Mao , sus chaquetas y sus pantalones largos atados con cinturones y bandas de gran colorido , dispuestas para trabajar y también si hace falta para cantar y bailar uno de sus bailes tradicionales
    La sociedad Naxi fue matriarcal , hasta la revolución , los niños vivían con las madres que eran las cabezas de familia , las que hacían los trabajos duros y las que transmitían las propiedades a sus hijos .
    Dice una canción Naxi " La madre es la raiz del árbol y el hombre es la hoja"
    Es curioso que esta sociedad permitía los "Amigos" (azhu) , por lo que una pareja podían ser amantes y seguir viviendo en sus casas. El amigo pasaba la noche en casa de su novia y al día siguiente por la mañana se volvía a su casa a vivir y trabajar con su madre .En caso de que hubiera niños , estos se quedaban con la mujer que era responsable de su educación


    The Naxi ethnic group (纳西族) is the most important in this region of Lijiang. Emphasize in the streets, the women who are with their bluish dresses , black aprons, their heads covered with caps or hats typical Mao, their jackets and long pants tied with colourful belts and bands , always ready to work and if necessary to sing and dance one of their traditional dances
    The Naxi society was matriarchal, until the revolution, children were living with their mothers who were the family heads , they did the hard work and conveying the properties to their children.
    A Naxi song says : "The mother is the root of the tree and the man is the leaf"
    It is curious that this society allowed the "Friend" (azhu), a couple could be lovers and continue living in their own family homes. The friend spent the night at home with his girlfriend and in the following morning he returned to his home to live and work with his mother. If they had children , they should stay with the woman who was responsible for their education

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    Juego / Gambling

    by elpariente Written Apr 16, 2008

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    En los parques , en las calles ... siempre puedes ver gente jugando al mah-jong , damas o cualquier otro juego ya que son grandes aficionados al juego , para apostar o simplemente para pasar un buen rato con los amigos y vecinos


    In the parks, the streets ... you may always see people playing mah-jong, checkers or any other game because they are big fans of the game, to gamble or just to have fun with friends and neighbours

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    Learn how to drink Chinese Tea!

    by sunshinee Updated Feb 27, 2008

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    There were many tea shops selling Yunnan tea in the old town. So many flavours and you don't know what to choose from! Some of these tea shops would let you taste the flavor before you buy. Like the woman in the picture, she was making tea in a very sophisticated way and which this was a proper way to make Chinese tea. And she also let you know what kind of tea has what kind of effect. We had got a kind which had a very nice floral fragrant and it supposed to help insomnia. Always remember to bargain a good price!!!

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    It's Beautiful to be Fat and Tanned

    by bpacker Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    The Naxi/Tibetan idea of beauty is different from the rest of the world. While most of us think that having pasty white skin and an emanciapted body are hallmarks of beauty, the Naxi think that we're nuts. A typical Naxi Beauty is as plump as a dumpling and tanned as leather. And so are the men.

    Yes, my husband actually loves this place since a man will not be slapped over here for saying that his wife looks fat in a dress. In fact, it's very flattering to call a young lady pang-jin-mei (fat gold sister). Same goes for the men. Fat Bastard* will not feel out of place over here since he'll be called pang-jin-ge(fat gold brother).

    *Scottish lump of lard seen in "The Spy who Shagged Me".

    Pangjinmei and Pangjinge from S'pore

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    It's a woman's world over here

    by bpacker Updated Jan 24, 2008

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    Just like the Minangkabau culture in Indonesia, the NAXI culture is matriachal. The women work in the fields all day long while the men take it easy. On top of that, the women are free to take on as many lovers as possible since marriage is an unknown instituition. However, all these free lovin' swingin' habits have since been watered down by communist measures.

    Marriage and divorce are now familiar instituitions like anywhere else. Still, some habits die hard and you still see more women entrepreneurs compared to men (just like I observed in Indonesia) over here.

    Dancing a frenzy after seeing a cute guy

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    Naxi Women

    by srd130 Written Jan 31, 2004

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    As the Naxi culture is headed by females, they walk around looking proud and strong. You will have the opportunity to see them walking both in the new and old town. This photo shows them in their traditional dress - the clothing of a hard working woman.

    Naxi women

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    Naxi Alphabet

    by srd130 Written Jan 31, 2004

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    I was amazed with the Naxi alphabet. It is a pictorial alphabet (the words resemble the thing they are describing). Of course Chinese is pictorial too from an ancient perspective, as obvious in such characters as 'center' and 'person'. But the Naxi is more like drawing little figures.

    Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of it, but you will see it. The streets signs in Lijiang's new town are written in Mandarin, Mandarin in Roman letters, and Naxi.

    And be certain to try and learn some of it, as the Naxi alphabet is an art in itself.

    Learning to write in Naxi
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    Respect the local traditions

    by darthmilmo Updated Sep 14, 2002

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    Lijiang is home to one of the many non-chinese people in Yunnan province. There are many traditional "naxi" locals dressed in the traditional dress code. They seem to be real shy with the camera though.

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