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.
|Start of Raosanling None||大理古城城隍庙||Wed, 2. June|
|Yu An Ceremonies 玉案会||大理古城才村小邑庄玉案祠||Wed, 2. June|
|Raosanling 绕三灵||庆洞村神部寺||Thu, 3. June|
|Raosanling in Heyicheng 绕三灵||河矣城本主庙||Fri, 4. June|
|Raosanling in Majiuyi 绕三灵||马久邑本主庙||Sat, 5. June|