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  • Outdated face tattoo

    Tattoo was called "Diao Ti", "Qing Ji", "Qing Mian", "Xiu Jiao", "Xiu Mian", "Ci Mo" and "Zha Qing" in ancient China. It is to use such sharp tools as thorn, needle or knife to carve and colour patterns or signs in the skin, which are unfading and life-long decoration on the body.

  • The Mosos near the Lugu Lake

    There is a lake named Lugu Lake between the Yongning of Ninglang County in Yunnan and the Zuosuo of Yanyuan County in Sichuan, which is 27 meters high above sea level and has a circumference of about 100 lis. Surrounded by range upon range of green mountains, water in the lake is very clear with fat fish swimming in it. The lake is one of the sources of clothes and food of the Naxi people who have lived near it for generations.

  • A People Living in Primitive Peacefulness

    The Dulong people is one of the ethnic minorities with a relatively small population. The 5,816 Dulong people mainly live in the northwest of Yunnan Province - on the banks of the vale of Dulong River in the west of Gongshan Autonomous County of Dulong Minority Group, banks of Nu River in the north, Qile Village in the neighbouring Weixi Autonomous County of Lisu Minority Group; and also in Chawaluo of Chayu County, Tibet Autonomous Region.

  • Stair Burial- a Burial with no Tombs

    Every Blang village has a public cemetery called "Shan (hill)." The Blang people regard "Shan" as a place where spirits of the ancestors reside and all those who die a normal death are to be buried there.

  • Typical Local Food

    From generation to generation, the Jinos live in subtropical ancient forests covered with towering old trees, taking rice and corn as their staple food.

  • Panyao Three-horned Hat Scares Tiger Away

    The topknots of the Yao women are very complicated. Some of them wear hats, some decorate brocade or handkerchief round the head, some form mallet-like chignon

  • "One heart wine" with deep and long affection

    The Nu compatriots like to drink wine, and are also good at making wine. Their main wines are "Gulu wine", "turbid wine" and "Sorghum spirit".

  • Flowers as the Matchmaker

    Young Blangs have freedom, which are supported by their parents and social conventions, to choose their marriage partners. When they have reached the age of 14 or 15, they could publicly join in social activities and courting after the teeth-dyeing ritual.

  • Carpet-Wrapping Courting and Threading-Tying Marriage

    The Dai young people are actually quite free in choosing their lovers. Both the crowded road to market and the spinning field with needfires, are good place for youngsters to look for their lovers.

  • Teeth Dyeing-a Symbol of Maturity

    The Teeth Dyeing ceremony indicates that a Blang youth has matured into a grown-up member of society, and can join in various social activities.

  • Slash-and-burn Cultivation and Migration

    Slash-and-burn cultivation is a primitive producing and living practice in the early human agriculture civilization. In modern times, it is still practiced in some mountainous areas by some minority communities that have little land resources. The Yao nationality is one of them.

  • Name After the Mother

    The name system of the Blang people is peculiar. The Blangs in Xishuangbanna and Lancang have only given names, but no family names. Most of the men's names begin with Yan, and most of the women's names, with Yu. And there is a "Da" or "Ya" before an old man or woman's name respectively.

  • "Sixian" conveys amorous feelings

    Sixianqin (qin-general name for certain musical instrument) is a traditional instrument loved very much by the Pumis. In Pumi villages, simple and mellifluous music played with Sixian could be heard no matter in fields or in wooden houses. Sixian is not only a common instrument but also a weapon for boys to express love to girls.

  • "Long stay at parents' home after marriage"

    ccording to traditional custom, wedding of the Pumis is usually held in slack season in winter. The details are different in different places.

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