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Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo

Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo
As villages go, Zhizuo could hardly be more remote. Some 70km from the county town, first along a winding mountain road, then on a deeply rutted track without public transport: even in the dry season it takes several hours and a bit of stamina to reach. Yet, at least on the first full moon of the year, the effort is worth it, as Zhizuo holds one of Yunnan's most colourful festivals, the Dress Competition Festival or Caizhuangjie 赛装节.

Offerings to Caishen, the Chinese God of Wealth, are common during the Chinese New Year, particularly on the fifth day, Caishen's birthday. 跳财神 is a certain form of folk play honouring Caishen which dates back to the Tang dynasty. The Bai have adopted and preserved many Han Chinese traditions and the pictures here show the play performed in Zhoucheng 周城 as part of the Benzhu Festival.

Markets this Tuesday

Dali 大理
Fuheng 富恒
Shuijing 水井
Yongping 永平县
Dacang 大仓镇
Fengyu 风羽
Wanqiao 湾桥
Liandong 炼洞
Fengyi 凤仪
Dianzhong 甸中
Weishan 巍山彝族回族自治县
Baofeng 宝丰乡
Guanping 关平
Madeng 马镫
Binju 宾居
Wase 挖色

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Caoba 草坝镇
Mingjiu 鸣鹫镇
Wantang 湾塘乡
Dayangjie 大羊街
Mengping 勐坪

Wenshan 文山
Lida 里达镇
Zhujie 朱街镇
Mugan 木杆
Shuanglongying 双龙营乡
Jiayi 稼依镇
Zhulin 珠琳镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Gaoqiao 高桥镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡

Baoshan 保山市
Zhonghe 中和
Bawan 坝湾镇
Mangkuan 芒宽彝族傣族乡

Lincang 临沧
Menglai 勐来乡

Yuxi 玉溪
Fuliangpeng 富良棚
Mosha 漠沙镇

Nujiang 怒江
Lishadi 利沙底乡
Gudeng 古登
Fugong 福贡
Bingzhongluo 丙中洛

Puer 普洱
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县
Kangping 康平乡
Mengsuo 勐梭镇