Sword Ladder 刀杆节

Friday, 7. March 2025 in Lunma, Huoqiao, Tengchong 腾冲市猴桥镇轮马村

Ever climbed up a swaying pole over thirty-six sharpened machete-blades on your bare feet? Well, if not you are not cut out to be a Lisu man. In Lunma village, every year the Hua Lisu men climb the sword pole on the occasion of the Daogan, or Sword Pole, festival. Yes, it hurts. No, no-one really get's injured. How come? Well, you have to be a Lisu man to do it.

Lisu New Year, celebrated on different days in various Lisu areas. Activities invariably include climbing the sword ladder and running through hot ashes.

See related festivals.

Festival held according to lunar calendar on 农历2月初8.