The Yunnan Nationalities Village (云南民族村 Yunnan Minzu Cun) is on the northeastern shore of the Dian Lake in Kunming.
Right at the entrance of the village, some of the groups welcomed the visitors with traditional dances.
21 national minority groups live in Yunnan. In order to make the customs, traditions and living habits of these minorities accessible to a wider segment of the population, the Yunnan Nationalities Village was built.
Here, members of minority groups can present their way of life. A wide variety of customs and traditions are explained.
For instance, it was the custom among the Wa people that following a good harvest, it was requested that the head of a man with a long beard be placed at the village entrance. Today a buffalo head is used instead.
Among the Bai peoples, houses were built facing east, whereas in the rest of China the custom was to build houses facing south. Village squares were often built as a symbolic calendar.
In the Yunnan Minority Village, many folk dances and song presentations are offered. For the Yi nationality, the tiger is sacred. This can be seen on hat coverings or the Yi’s main village square.
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