Bai Ethnic Villages
Last updated by alpol at 2013-11-2
The Bai ethnic minority (or Nationality as Chinese like to say), is one if the largest and most well known minority groups in China. For more than 4000 years, the Bai people have been based in the Dali area centered around Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake. During the Tang Dynasty, the Bai banded together and defeated the Han Chinese to create the Bai Nanzhao Kingdom centered in the ancient city of Dali. This kingdom lasted for several centuries and could be regarded as one of Dali's golden ages. In modern times, the Bai and Han coexist peacefully, as shown by the partial integration of the Bai people in today's Dali. Generally speaking, the villages of the Bai are scattered on the flatlands along lakes or rivers that provide convenient transportation links. Each village is laid out in an orderly style with courtyards of earth and wood that usually consist of rooms on three sides and a decorative wall on the southern side. Bai ethnic clothing is beautiful without losing its practicality. Bai men always dress in a white buttoned shirt, black overcoat and blue trousers with a long piece of white cloth wrapped around around their head. Bai ladies prefer to decorate their hair with embroidery, and wear white blouses, red overcoats, embroidered aprons, white trousers and embroidered shoes. The Bai nationality excels at dancing and singing and they often express themselves through performance. As a result of a history of interaction with other ethnic groups, this group have been deeply affected by Buddhism and Daoism, which has shaped their culture into its current Buddhist form.
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