Yunnan Ethnic Villages

Yunnan Ethnic Villages, situated six kilometres south of Kunming, is a 2,000 mu theme park bordering on the south by the Dianchi Lake and on the west by the famous Western Mountains Scenic Area.

The famous historical and cultural city of Kunming is in the north of the villages. Each of the 26 ethnic peoples of Yunnan will have a village built on the premises, and there will also be a square symbolizing unity among various ethnic groups, a theatre for the performance of ethnic songs and dances, a folklore museum, and amuseum of ethnic waxworks. When completed, the Yunnan Ethnic Villages will become an epitome of Yunnan as a multi-ethnic province, and an immense garden in south Chinese horticultural and landscaping traditions.

http://www.yunnaninfo.com/en/city/kunming/attraction/ethnicvillages.htm

We arrived before it opened. They were performing traditional music and dance.
Lots of retail opportunities. 
DengXin. Kunming seems to be in a drought. This lake is very obviously shrinking.
Buddhist temple. There was an actual monk. They have the religions of each of the ethnic groups represented. I didn’t see a mosque. There are at least two large mosques in Kunming city. I guess Islam isn’t ethnic specific? There is a very high concentration of Muslims in Kunming.
Typical bedroom.



The Christian church. I didn’t see a Catholic one. 
One of the ethnic groups, the Dai, are Thai. There is a strong Thai influence in this part of China.


I don’t think these houses are typical of the common folk. At least not in the villages I’ve seen. These houses are very nice.
A yurt. Those Mongols got around.
If I understood correctly, this was used in “Shanghai Noon” with Jackie Chan. His name is obviously different in Chinese.

This reminds me of Taos or Santa Fe. There are even ristras hanging on the walls.
Weird looking flower.
You are supposed to touch the wall ornaments every time you enter or leave this house. I have no idea why.
Tibetan style buildings. I was unclear as to whether there were actually buildings like this in Yunnan Province. The Tibetan people did wander down this far.

The Elephant Show. I don’t enjoy these. I notice all of the wounds, and mistreatment of the animals. The procedure for this show is, the elephants perform a trick, people are selling sticks of sugar cane in the audience. When the trick is complete, the elephant comes to the edge of the arena for his reward. This particular one thought my camera might be sugar cane, wrong.
The only thing I understood about this trick was “YaoMing”.
I saw these flowers growing on a vine in front of the park. They hang like grapes. I took a photo to show everyone the bizarre flowers. I get home, guess what is growing on my roof?
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~ by Sara on April 2, 2009.

4 Responses to “Yunnan Ethnic Villages”

  1. The big weird looking flower – was it some sort of water lily?

  2. The big weird looking flower – was it some sort of water lily?

  3. Hi BillyD!

    The plant the flower was growing from was really dead looking. I don’t know if that is normal or not. It looked like a relative of the banana possibly. Kunming is temperate and this plant looked like it may have gotten frozen this winter.

  4. Hi BillyD!

    The plant the flower was growing from was really dead looking. I don’t know if that is normal or not. It looked like a relative of the banana possibly. Kunming is temperate and this plant looked like it may have gotten frozen this winter.

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