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Zhenyuan(Puer) Shopping

Zhenyuan Yi, Hani and Lahu Autonomous County is under the jurisdiction of Pu’er Prefecture, Yunnan Province. The county is located in southwest Yunnan Province, located between Ailaoshan and Wuliangshan. Zhenyuan County is 447 kilometers from the provincial capital Kunming city. Zhenyuan Yi, Hani and Lahu Autonomous County is a multi-cultural city with many ethnic minority groups, including the Yi, Hani, Lahu etc. They live together harmoniously and retain their cultural legacy and life practices. When you travel to Zhenyuan Yi, Hani and Lahu Autonomous County, you can buy much things as Dai People Clothes(拉祜族服饰), Pu’er or Pu-erh Tea(普洱茶), Hani People Clothes(哈尼族服饰) and so on.

Dai People Clothes(拉祜族服饰)

There are as many different versions of Lahu traditional clothes as there are sub-groups of Lahu. As the name suggests, the clothes worn by the black Lahu are predominantly black, edged with red and yellow embroidery. The women wear a narrow skirt under a waist length shirt that is also decorated with silver jewellery and beads.The shirts worn by red Lahu women are more colourful, with strong bands of red, and sometimes blue material, as well as embroidery.The Lahu Haega wear the most distinctive costume of the Lahu people. Their shirts are made from black, blue and red material, with a diagonal cream stripe across the front. Other Lahu groups have incorporated Nothern Thai shirts and sarongs into their traditional costumes.

Pu’er or Pu-erh Tea(普洱茶)

Pu-erh or Pu'er is a variety of fermented and aged dark tea produced in Yunnan province, China. Fermentation in the context of tea production involves microbial fermentation and oxidation of the tea leaves, after they have been dried and rolled.This process is a Chinese specialty and produces tea known as Hei Cha (黑茶), commonly translated as dark, or black tea (this type of tea is different from what in the West is known as "black tea", which in China is called "red tea" 红茶). The best known variety of this category of tea is Pu-erh from Yunnan Province, named after the trading post for dark tea during imperial China.

Pu'er traditionally begins as a raw product known as "rough" Mao Cha (毛茶) and can be sold in this form or pressed into a number of shapes and sold as "raw" Sheng Cha (生茶). Both of these forms then undergo the complex process of gradual fermentation and maturation with time. The Wo Dui fermentation process (渥堆) developed in 1973 by the Kunming Tea Factory:206 created a new type of pu-erh tea. This process involves an accelerated fermentation into "ripe" Shu Cha (熟茶) which is then stored loose or pressed into various shapes. The fermentation process was adopted at the Menghai Tea Factory shortly after and technically developed there.The legitimacy of shu cha is disputed by some traditionalists in contrast to aged teas. All types of pu-erh can be stored to mature before consumption, which is why it is commonly labelled with year and region of production.

Hani People Clothes(哈尼族服饰)

Generally the Hani prefer dark-blue, homespun Hani local cloth dyed with indigo to make clothes. Pigments have traditionally been obtained from the forest or field around their villages. Hani men basically wear tight shirt, loose pants and black scarf while the female dress with complex decoration. The ancient Hani did not have shoes and socks. They wore a sort of special wooden shoes, whose soles were not slippery and therefore good for walking on the muddy rice paddy. Black is the favorite color of Hani People. All of the Hani people in Shenbaodill dress themselves in black, which has much to do with their deep and profound history, aesthetics, stage of social development, living environment as well as life style. For instance, people in Shenbaodi make a living by working on the terraced field. For these farmers and residents on high land, heavy and durable clothes that keep warm and endure dirty environment have obvious advantages. The Hani dresses and ornaments signify their agricultural life and work on the terraced fields. For instance, the embroidery and silver ornaments on the clothes stand for the terraced fields which go layers upon layers. The crabs, clams and fish suggest Hani People's adoration for water. The dress of the Hani varies in different places due to different Hani branches. Hanis in Xishuangbanna wear jackets buttoned on the right side and decorated with silver ornaments. They wear black turbans. Women there, as well as in the Lancang area, wear skirts, round caps, and strings of silver ornaments. Both men and women wear leggings. In Mojiang, Yuanjiang and Jiangcheng, some women wear long, pleated or narrow skirts, while others have knee-length trousers with embroidered girdles.

Women in general like to wear earrings, silver rings and necklaces. Married and unmarried women wear different hairstyles. Hani men in traditional clothes usually wear trousers and a coat that opens in the front and wrap their head with a black or white cloth. Some Hani men wear sarongs and embroidered jackets but otherwise their clothing is not as colorful as women’s. Hani men in Burma sometimes shave their head except for one Chinese-style lock hanging down the back.

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