Start of the Raosanling festivities.
Raosanling, a temple fair taking place at three villages around Dali in the fourth lunar month, is the most important religious festival in the calendar of the Bai people of Yunnan.
The festival takes place over a few days, each with the major activity at a different location:
On Day 1, worship takes place at the City Protector God Temple near South Gate in Dali.
On Day 2, worship takes place at Qingdong temple at the foot of Wutai peak, some 15 km north of the old city of Dali. This is always the busiest day: not only is the temple jam-packed with worshippers who bring food offerings, but outside a large market takes place almost all the way from the main road to the temple.
On Day 3, the action moves to a smaller temple near the waterfront in a small village east of Xizhou. Focus of the day is on singing and entertainment, with many groups performing Bai opera - particularly later in the afternoon in the school-yard not far from the temple.
Day 4 sees the temple of Majiuyi, only six kilometres from Dali, become the centre of attention. The Dongjing music association plays in the temple before worship moves to a small shrine on the lake-front later in the afternoon.
From the Town God Temple of Dali Old Town, pilgrims make their way to the Three Pagodas and onward to Qingdong Temple, where the main festivities take place the next day.
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