Yunnan · Dali
Jianchuan County 剑川县

With Shibaoshan Jianchuan hosts the most historically interesting temple complex in Yunnan and just south of it lies Shaxi, the best preserved traditional trading post.
Picture: Religious ceremony in the old square on the eve of the Prince Festival.
Shaxi: Religious ceremony in the old square on the eve of the Prince Festival.


Kiss of Life for an Old Caravan Market

Until the middle of last century, Shaxi was a flourishing village on the caravan road to Tibet. The following decades made it a place that history forgot. Now Shaxi is undergoing an award-winning restoration.

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Learning Bai

Bai 白族话 is the language spoken by the Bai people 白族 in the Dali area. While Chinese has become the lingua franca, Bai is still actively spoken by many, particularly older people, but it does not have a native written form and comes in many dialects. Here we list the available resources for learning this difficult language.

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Shaxi

Shaxi is the best preserved caravan-time trading post in Yunnan and has undergone an award-winning restoration.

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Jianchuan County Town

Jianchuan's administrative center with a very nice old quarter.

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Festivals

Shibaoshan Songfest 27 Aug 2019

Bai Opera 29 Jan 2020

Prince Festival 01 Mar 2020