The Suona Player

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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

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Magic dances are part Azhali rituals: here it is the Flower Dance as part of the 太子会 in Jianchuan.

Xiaoyizhuang Torch Festival

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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

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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

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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

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An Yi ancestor worship ritual performed at Weibaoshan.

Bai Rattlestick Dance

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The Bai Rattlestick dance is part of Yunnan's Intangible Cultural Heritage, photographed at a training session near Dali's Old Town.

Shibaoshan Opening Ceremony

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Pictures from the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 Shibaoshan Songfest.

Three Pagodas

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Different views of the Three Pagodas in Dali.

Dali Cherry Blossom

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Cherry Flower in an upmarket Dali residential district.

Xiaguan Longwei Gate

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Longwei Gate was once Xiaguan's city gate towards the north, the place where the caravan road to Tibet started. Today the area is Xiaguan's only remaining old part.

Zhoucheng Tie-Dye

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The white and blue tie-dye of the Bai in Zhoucheng is part of Yunnan's intangible cultural heritage.