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Dada Village Welcoming Spring 大达村闹春

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Dada village starts its New Year activities.

Dada Village Chuichuiqiang 大达村吹吹腔

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Closing performance of an ancient Bai opera in Dada village, Yunlong.

Bai Benzhu Altars 白族本主神龛

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In the remote mountain regions of Jianchuan and Yunlong county the temples are often very simple with the local Benzhu belief displaying an element of animism.

Xihu Reflections 西湖之倒影

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West Lake 西湖 is beautiful wetland area north of Dali, good for birdwatching.

2009 Bai Dress 2009年白族服装

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In 2009, at the Shibaoshan Singing Festival, traditional dress in the Dali was more prevalent than it is today, and the dress was often still hand-made, rather than shop-bought.

Jinsha Ferry 金沙江渡船

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A ferry with spectacular views operates on the Jinsha River near Baoshan Stone Town.

Li Baomei 李宝妹

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Bai folk music star Li Baomei 李宝妹 and the Shibaoshan Bai Folk Music Art Troupe perform in her home village Shilong 石龙村.

Dali Old House 大理老房子

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An old house in Baitayi 白塔邑, a Bai village near Erhai. Elegant houses like this are becoming rare as time takes its toll.

Thunder Gods 雷神

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Tianmoya 天摩牙 is a vast temple complex on the western side of the Weishan basin that combines elements of Daoism, Buddhism and Ancient Religion. The Leishen 雷神 shown here are magic spirits of the Daoist world.

Dongjing Musician 洞经古乐乐师

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A member of the Dongjing Association performing in a ritual for the Dragon King.

Dali Leicui Garden 大理垒翠园

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Dali's new architecture showcase project, the Leicui Garden, is an imagined royal garden from the period of the Dali Kingdom (937-1253AD).

Binchuan Huadeng 宾川花灯

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Huadeng 花灯 "Flower Lantern" is a kind of local folk opera, combining folk song, dance and dialect, with the topic frequently modern life such as dating. Traditionally Huadeng is performed during Spring Festival, but now relatively rare. Huadeng has been recognized as intangible cultural heritage of Binchuan county. This is a performance of the county Huadeng Troupe, performing "Three Matchmakers" 三个媒人.
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