Stone Forest (Shilin) is one of the highlights of my Yunnan trip. Before we talk about the natural rocks landscape in this UNESCO World Heritage site, I would like to introduce to you the beautiful traditional folk dancing and folk music by the ethnic minorities in this area.
Yunnan has many minority groups. This is one of the minority groups seen at the Stone Forest in Kunming. It looks like that they are performers instead of locals performing impromptu dancing. The music is typical of Yunnan minorities’ folk music. The musical instruments are also unique to this population. They are the drum and a wind instrument called Hulusi. The dancing seems very light and simple in rhythm and is easy to follow. I think the music, the dance and the women’s traditional costumes are all very beautiful. The local guide told me that women who are married wear a different bow on their head-dress. Can you guess who are married and who are not?
I took a few video clips and combined them into one. The music is the original from the performance. I did not add or change anything. I hope you will enjoy this video.