Not too far from Dali, lies Heqing, a beautiful and almost preserved example of the Bai people architecture.
Bai people are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by China.
Bai people literarily mean ‘white people’ in Chinese, since they hold the white color in high esteem.
They are jealous of their heritage, their language, and customs.
Dali is the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, in Yunnan province, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937–1253.
Heqing is a county in the Dali prefecture.
Related articles: Guide to Yunnan, The ancient town of Dali, Sound of Dali by Zhang Yang, South of Clouds, a documentary about ethnic minorities in Yunnan, Taiji Fishing Village: a village shaped like the Yin Yang symbol
Photos: Matteo Damiani, www.china-underground.com
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