Slideshows Yunnan · Dali
Dali City 大理市

Bai Jiama

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Zhang Ruilong 张瑞龙, 7th generation generation Jiama master, demonstrates the art of making "Jiama" 甲马, woodcut prints used in rituals.

Zhangyu Wenchang Temple

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On the eastern side of Erhai, in Zhangyu village 长育, is one of the most beautiful Wenchang temples, with work by painter-sculptor Li Yunyi 李云义.

Gusheng Benzhu Worship

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Every year on the 23rd day of the 7th month, Gusheng village honours the Benzhu and the Dragon King 龙王.

Erhai Fishing Boat Graveyard

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Since fishing has been banned on Erhai, fishing boats are rusting away on its shore.

Ghost Month Ritual

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The Dongjing Association 洞经会 in a village near Dali performs a day of ritual for the souls of the deceased during the Chinese 'Ghost Month'.

Torch Festival Flag Pole

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The flag poles stuck into the top of the torch at the Bai torch festival signify blessings for the future and can be real works of art.

Joy of the Bai Temple Fair

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For the Bai people temple fairs are not solemn but joyous affairs.

The Lotus Pond Society of Xiawanqiao

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The "Lotus Pond Societies" 莲池会 are the associations of older women in charge of the rituals in Dali's temples.

Cangshan Clouds

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The summer rainy season brings clouds to Dali's Cangshan.

Bai Tie-Dye Master Dyer

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Bai Tie-Dye is part of China's Intangible Cultural Heritage, still carried out in simple workshops using traditional techniques.

Xizhou Fazi Temple

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Fazi Temple is an abandoned clan memorial temple on a cemetery hill west of Xizhou.

Raosanling in Times of Corona

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The Corona epidemic led to the cancellation of all major festivals, but some cannot be deterred to celebrate Raosanling 绕三灵.