Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China


Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

Xizhou Bai Minority Village

Xizhou a small village about 18 kilometres drive from Dali, a pleasant drive through the countryside of rice fields.  I hired a non-English speaking  driver who drove me to Xizhou in a air-conditioned car.

A thousand years ago, the Ancient Tea Route was a trade link from Sichun, Yunnan to Tibet. Xizhou was on the path of the caravans of the Tea and Horse Road also known as the Silk Road.

Many of the houses decorated are some of the best examples of traditional Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) architecture in China. They have a distinctive Bai touch of colorful pictures, gardens, use of marble decorations, upturned eaves, and bright colors.

Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

Yan’s Compound

Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

The driver took me to the Xizhou Village where the highlight is a dance show with young people in various ethnic costumes. Yunnan Province has around twenty-five ethnic minority groups.  Three different kinds of tea was served whilst watching the show. “Sandaocha” is a traditional regional tea ceremony consisting of three unique tea flavors.

A bitter tea which stands for the hardships in life. A sweet tea of sesame and walnut symbolic of happiness in life. Finally, a bitter, sweet, and spicy tea symbolic of pondering life.

Xizhou Bai Minority Village

Xizhou Bai Minority Village

Ladies of the Bai Minority Group

 Xizhou Bai Minority Village

 

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33 thoughts on “Xizhou Bai Minority Village Yunnan Province China

  1. Anda

    Hi Debz, thanks for joining the #TheWeeklyPostcard this week-end. While reading your post, I couldn’t stop thinking that you must be a very courageous women to hire a non-English speaker driver and go with him to such a remote area. I have to say though that Xizhou looks very picturesque and it was probably worth the drive.

  2. Joyful

    Such beautiful images. I would like to travel to China myself but need to do some research and it will be a bit off in far distance yet. Most of the tours from my city go to eastern China so to go farther west I would need to do more homework.

  3. Shobha

    How interesting! bitter, sweet and then a combo with spicy – love the symbolism of the tea. Life must’ve seem capricious out here on the old tea route. #theweeklypostcard

  4. David

    I had never heard of Xizhou before, but I’m a fan of these cultural experiences and that architecture so I imagine I’d enjoy visiting here when I eventually visit China. The houses look quite humble, yet you can imagine they were once rather grand. Fascinating. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  5. Linda

    I have never been, so this is eye candy for sure. Seeing China through your eyes. So much architecture to admire, plus the history of it all. Thank you for sharing this journey at DI&DI.

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