This post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Culture.
I just came back from a 9 days’ trip to Yunnan, which is “a province of the People’s Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country spanning approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 sq mi) and with a population of 45.7 million (2009). The capital of the province is Kunming. The province borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam”
We visited (1) Kunming, (6) Dali , (12), Lijiang and (11) Shangri-la.
I had visited most of the major regions of China, including Xinjiang and Tibet. Yunnan was the only major region that was on my wish list. The opportunity came recently when a group of friends found a great deal for overseas Chinese. So, our party of six joined with a big group of Chinese Americans, Chinese Canadians and Malaysian Chinese, and made our debut to this beautiful region: Yunnan, which is known for its diversity and beautiful landscape.
When I go traveling, I usually look for things related to the particular culture of that area, such as the traditions of the local people, their religions or social behavior, their characteristics or sets of values or social practice that distinguish one from another. In Yunnan, where 25 of the 56 minority groups in China reside, my primary interest was to be able to learn and appreciate some of these ethnic groups’ social and economic behavior. Was I satisfied? Not really. The trip was too short (9 days only), and the distance on the road was too long.
We got to see four major cities where different minority groups live and make their living. There are quite a few interesting facts which I would share with you later.
To give you a preview, I am posting a gallery of different ethnic groups I met in this Yunnan trip. Which groups are they? They are the “Bai” living in Dali, the “Naxi” living in LiJiang, the “Tibetan” living in Shangri-la. Please stay tuned for the next few posts.