Xizhou Fazi Temple
Fazi Temple is an abandoned clan memorial temple on a cemetery hill west of Xizhou.
Raosanling in Times of Corona
The Corona epidemic led to the cancellation of all major festivals, but some cannot be deterred to celebrate Raosanling 绕三灵.
Run by an irate couple, this temple on the shore of Erhai is one of Dali's strangest temples.
Azaleas of Horse Ear Mountain
Early May the Azaleas on Maershan 马耳山 north of Erhai are in flower.
Clay sculpture is part of Dali's intangible cultural heritage, here are the temple sculptures of Xizhou's 'Central Emperor Hall' 中央皇帝祠, a Benzhu temple.
The Suona Player
The suona 唢呐 is an important instrument in Chinese ritual and folk music. Here a Bai gentleman plays it as part of Azhali Buddhist rituals in the 催君寺 temple near Jianchuan 剑川.
Azhali Flower Dance
Magic dances are part Azhali rituals: here it is the Flower Dance as part of the 太子会 in Jianchuan.
Xiaoyizhuang Torch Festival
For many Bai the Torch Festival is the most important festival, here it is celebrated in a small village next to Erhai.
Ming Dynasty Dali Funerary Figurines
During the Ming dynasty terracotta figurines became popular funerary objects in Dali. These pictures are from the Dali Municipal Museum 大理市博物馆.
Wocun Emperor Day
Binchuan's Wocun 萂村 celebrates its king of a brief kingdom between Nanzhao and the Dali Kingdom during the lunar New Year period.
Yi Ancestor Worship
An Yi ancestor worship ritual performed at Weibaoshan.
Bai Rattlestick Dance
The Bai Rattlestick dance is part of Yunnan's Intangible Cultural Heritage, photographed at a training session near Dali's Old Town.