Xianrendong is included in Puzhehei Resort, a picturesque fairyland in Qiubei County, Southeast of Yunnan. It’s a typical Sani village with limpid lakes and lush vegetation. “Puzhehei” is a word from the Yi language which means “a place abundant in fish and shrimps”. The Sani people there claim themselves “Sanipo”. They believe they are the descendents of the Sani People in the Stone Forest who fled to Qiubei Area some 400 years ago. The entire village is made up of 75 families or 780 villagers, all of whom are Sani-a branch of the Yi Minority. As many other minorities do in Yunnan Province, the Sanipo believe in animism which makes their traditional festivals mysteriously linked to gods and the nature. They deem themselves a nation that was gave birth by trees. That’s probably why a huge sacred tree is enshrined as the Dragon Tree on their yearly Mizhi Festival. Hualianjie, similar to a fancy ball, is a traditional festival of the Sanipo in Puzhehei or Xianrendong. It’s extremely popular or preferred by the young people. On the festival, lard and chimney soot is mixed into paste to be smeared by people each other to make fun. The landscapes in Puzhehei are intriguing too. It has limpid lakes, countless green hills, flourishing lotus flowers and small villages side by side. When you are boating around Puzhehei, you can’t help but call it another Guilin whose landscapes rank first in China.
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