Yunnan Sheng Local Customs

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Yunnan Sheng Local Customs

  • Tibetan

    Once beyond Lijiang heading towards Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shangrila, you are basically entering the region of Tibetan culture. It is obvious on the signage of shops, architecture style, and stupas. Once you are in northern Yunnan, Tibet is just nearby.

  • Dai Minority Group

    Dai people live mainly in Xishuangbanna (southern Yunnan). They have their own language and believe in buddhism. Their language and culture are very much similar to that of Thai people.

  • Naxi Minority Group

    The Naxi group concentrates mainly in Lijiang area. They have outstanding architectural knowledge and their own Dongba buddhism, language and music. Naxi women is the head of the family and do all the work. Signature of a Naxi female costume is the cloth at the back with 7 small white round patch representing the moon and stars. The moon and stars...

  • Bai Minority

    Bai minority group mainly resides in Dali. They have unique architecture, costume as well as fabulous tie dyed fabric.

  • Temples & Ancient Monuments (Part 1)

    In Yunnan, you can see beautiful temples and ancient monuments all over the province. Attached are photographs of some of temples & ancient monuments which you can expect on a trip to Yunnan province.

  • Lower Your Glass When Toasting

    In Chinese culture, when toasting beer or wine glasses together, it is polite to make sure that your glass is lower than the person's who you are toasting. I suppose this to show modesty. I have to say that I have not always noticed this way of toasting taking place in Beijing or Shanghai, and it probably does not occur among good friends. However,...

  • Obsessive Karaoke

    You are going to China? I hope you like karaoke!!! The Chinese just love it! There are many karaoke bars in cities and towns, and each hotel has its own (karaoke by the way is singing popular tunes on accompanying music with the help of the text running on a screen in front of you). Young to middle aged people of all background flock these bars and...

  • Dragons everywhere

    Dragons are a recurrent theme in Chinese art, and Yunnan is no exception! They are decorating town squares (like this one in Yuanjiang), gates, temples and parks. They can be many centuries old or recently carved and painted.Dragons do not have the scarry and mean reputation they are given in Western tales. On the contrary, in China, they are...

  • Chinese tombs

    This picture shows typical Chinese tombs. I have not seen cemeteries like we have in the Western world (maybe there are some in cities?), but the tombs seem to be put randomly and in a spotted manner in the countryside. The location is probably dictated by Feng Shui rules. I have seen very often hill sides with a dozen tombs in the middle of crop...

  • Men playing cards

    A common scene in Yunnan is men playing cards, especially the evening in front of their shop or appartment complex. The picture shows men in the Stone Forest playing cards in the middle of the day. The women were busy making embroided cloths for the tourists.

  • No running water? Washing hair in the...

    I have seen people washing in the street quite often in the cities and town of Yunnan. I suppose it implies that they do not have running water. In cities, a lot of poor people seems to live in what I would call a garage (just one room with a metal door on the street) which serves as shop, living, dining and bed room.

  • Traditionnal pipe

    This long bamboo pipe is seen often being smoked by men in Yunnan. I believe it is a water pipe. This is also a good exotic artifact to bring back as a souvenir! Every market sells them and some souvenir shops as well.

  • Singing and Dancing

    Yunnanese appear to love singing and dancing. Each minotity has a rich folklore of songs that they love to share with any visitor. I have seen young women singing beautifuly in the streets of Lijiang for example, just for the fun of it. In Lijiang too at night, big round dances organize themselves spontanously and everybody is welcomed to...

  • Delicious fruits everywhere!

    Fruits are everywhere in huge colorful stacks. And they are good too, brought in the cities by farmers on their bicycles or cars, fresh from the field. I do not know the name of the fruit on this picture but it was delicious inside! Mangoes, bananas (several types of different colors), anything you want!Note: do not forget to peal any fruit you...

  • Chinese hats in China!

    The famous Chinese hat, a style so ubiquitous of South-East Asia, is also seen in Yunnan, mainly worn by peasants working in the fields. The picture is was taken in the Stone Forest, and these women were making and selling souvenirs to tourists.

  • Mao head cap

    The blue Mao style cap is still widely worn in Yunnan, especially by women. Mao costumes are still sometimes seen.

  • Playing pool!

    Men playing pool in their front yards (i.e. the dusty street!) is a very common sight in Yunnan, both in cities and smaller towns. Most pool tables are really old and beat-up, and the yunnanese show real creative skills to balance the table flat on muddy, irregular and slopy grounds! I have seen pool tables in some workers restaurant/cafeteria too,...

  • Lijiang -- Dongba Culture

    Dongba culture was created by Naxi minority a kind of minority live in Lijiang. As same as many culture, Dongba culture is a kind of religion culture. Besides, it's also is sepcial folk-custom activity. Dongba religion is original religion of Naxi. The priest is called "Dongba" mean wisdom who is the mainly haeres and spreader. In a world, Dongba...

  • Lugu -- Enatic folk

    Mosuo people live in the bank of Lugu Hu generation by generation. The enatic system is keeping until today. They have no marriage. Axia and Aga -- the appellation of the boy and girl who are lover -- need not live together. The woman contral all affair in the family. Chirldren are bring up by woman's family. This is an old custom of marriage but...

  • Lugu -- Pig Trough Boat

    The boat is a feature of Moso People. Walking on the road, I saw the boat and its padrone is there so peaceful as the water in the lake. Everything and Everyone will be calm down beside the lake.

  • Lijiang -- Naxiese

    As reputation of Lijiang going to higher and higher, more and more tourist come to Lijiang. Today, you may see a lot of outlander walking in the street. In contrast, the local people -- Naxiese -- looks like rare. Many people say the essence of Lijiang is changed. NO! It is clearly wrong. The essence of Lijiang is amalgamate various culture...

  • Centenarian with bounded feet

    This centenarian lived through the China's feudal period with the practice of binding feet. Seems she was part of the attraction by the entrance of the Dieshui waterfall. Incidentally she was also selling small shoes that would fit binded feet.

  • Fishing in swimming pool

    Don't know if this is a local custom but thought this was odd. The hotel turned the swimming pools for fishing, saw this in a few locations in Rehai.

  • Life in the mountains and rural areas

    Life in these areas are simple and hard, but happy and contented to many of the ethnic groups. When you are doing some trekking, do visit them and have a first hand experience of the rural cultures of Yunnan.

  • Religions

    Religions are aplenty in Yunnan, ranging from sun worshipping to Buddhism, Islam, Taosim etc etc. There are also lots of colourful festivals of the various ethnic groups such as water festival, fire festival etc etc.

  • Arts & crafts

    There are many colourful and interesting, arts & crafts in Yunnan mainly due to the many ethnic groups living here. Essentially, the ethnic groups make beautiful clothings, jeweleries, handicrafts etc.

  • Musical instruments, dances, songs etc

    Basically, all the ethnic groups of Yunnan loves to sing and dance, and all of them have such beautiful music, songs and dances. When you are among the ethnic groups, you are really like transported to another place.

  • Wa people

    The Wa people are located mainly in the mountain areas of Southern Yunnan near to the border with Indo-China and extend south into countries like Myanmar.

  • The Three Teas

    The three teas ceremony is how the Bai people welcome guests. The first tea is bitter, the second tea is sweet and the third is very fragrant. This is a must try when you are in Yunnan.

  • Bai people

    The Bai people are another ethnic group living in Yunnan, mainly in the Dali region. The Bai people have very beautiful dances and architecture of their houses. They are also famous for the "Three Teas" ceremony.

  • The houses of the Dai people

    The houses of the Dai people are made from wood, and there are many customs to be observed when you are in their house. For example, there are certain structures which you are not supposed to touch and you are not supposed to go into their bedrooms.

  • Dai people

    The Dai people are one of the ethnic groups in Yunnan, especially in the southern Xishuangbanna region. These people are related to the Thais with similar customs such as the water festival, colourful umbrellas, Buddhism etc.

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