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20 images of Heqing of the Bai people of Yunnan

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

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Photos: Matteo Damiani, www.china-underground.com

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15 beautiful images of Zhangjiajie National Park in Hunan, China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park is one of the most peculiar national forest parks in China.

[湖南张家界国家森林公园; Húnán Zhāngjiājiè Guójiā Sēnlín Gōngyuán]

It’s located in Zhangjiajie City in northern Hunan Province in the People’s Republic of China. It is one of several national parks within the Wulingyuan Scenic Area. [Wikipedia]

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park

History & Culture

In ancient times, Zhangjiajie was regarded as remote and inaccessible. The history of Zhangjiajie can be traced back to the Neolithic Age when it was still named “Dayong”. The first human traces in this area have been registered about 100,000 years ago. Like other places in China, a legend has been developed by ancient people.

It said that Zhang Liang-a famed strategist of the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC-24 AD), lived here after leaving the imperial court. He lived in fear he would be killed by Liu Bang, the first emperor of the Han Dynasty who had ordered some of his subjects executed out of suspicion they might rebel against him. Zhang found Qingyan (now Zhangjiajie) Mountain is an ideal refuge due to its haunting beauty and tranquility. He became a hermit. It is said he planted seven ginkgo trees here. He was buried below Qingyan (now Zhangjiajie) Mountain. Zhang’s descendants also are believed to have lived here, which is how the name Zhangjiajie originated. Zhang refers to Zhang Liang’s surname, while Jia means family and Jie represents homeland or border. [Zhangjiajie Tourism]

Origin

The most notable geographic features of the park are the pillar-like formations that are seen throughout the park. Although resembling karst terrain, this area is not underlain by limestones and is not the product of chemical dissolution, which is characteristic of limestone karst. They are the result of many years of physical, rather than chemical, erosion.

Much of the weathering which forms these pillars is the result of expanding ice in the winter and the plants which grow on them. The weather is moist year-round, and as a result, the foliage is very dense. The weathered material is carried away primarily by streams. These formations are a distinct hallmark of the Chinese landscape and can be found in many ancient Chinese paintings.  [Wikipedia]

According to park officials, photographs from Zhangjiajie inspired the floating Hallelujah Mountains seen in the movie Avatar.

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park map

Images of Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China

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Source:

Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zhangjiajie_National_Forest_Park
Baike Baidu – http://baike.baidu.com/link?url=jcfMXIxzzokxuAjB3OkOuBOMmkEbPq3jHwOZRQbndLwINIRZ4UI2-4GXUN82F08XxcJypyTETJEngOms7IRUq_
Baidu Travel – http://lvyou.baidu.com/zhangjiajieguojiasenlingongyuan/