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Unveil remote ancients villages in Yunnan

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-November-12

Limi girls wear their traditional clothes. [Xinhua]

Limi Tribal Village(俐侎部落村): a tribe worships black

Though as a branch of Yi people, Limi people have great differences in both languages and customs from Yi people. Nowadays, there are less than 30,000 Limi people living in the Limi Tribal Village.

Limi people worship the color of black. It is said that their ancestors escaped from the tyrannical rule of their former tribes to Lincang area hundred years ago. Wearing black on their migrating way, they survived finally. Until today, they still wear black clothes, and prefer black during important activities, such as weddings and funerals. Therefore, Limi tribe is renowned as the "tribe of black", as well as the "tribe of black soul on the earth".

Sangzhaoli Festival(桑沼哩节) is the most important and grandest festival of Limi people, which is celebrated annually on the 15th of the 2nd lunar month. On that day, Limi people will go to have a bath in the hope of washing away bad lucks.

Sangzhaoli Festival also serves as their valentine's day when married people are allowed to date with their ex-girlfriends or ex-boyfriends.

Location: Limi Tribal Village of Erdao Bridge, Wumulong Town(乌木龙乡), Yongde County(永德县), Lincang City.

Climate: a subtropical monsoon climate featuring indistinct four seasons

Route: you can travel to Lincang City by self-driving, riding buses or taking planes from Kunming, then transfer to the Limi Tribal Village in Yongde County.

Recommended Drives Routes to Lincang from Kunming:

A.Kunming-Xiangyun(祥云)-Lincang(about 530 kilometers)

B.Kunming-Xiangyun-Dali-Baoshan(保山)-Changning(昌宁)-Fengqing(凤庆)-LinCang(about 760 kilometers)

C.Kunming-Yuxi(玉溪)-Ning'er(宁洱)-Jinggu(景谷)-Lincang(about 685 kilometers).

Regular buses connecting Kunming and Lincang are departed from Kunming in the Western Bus Terminal. The ticket price ranges from 200 to 240 yuan.

Daily flights from Kunming to Lincang are also available.

Travel Tips: visitors had better to lodge in Yongde County. 

Husa Knife(户撒刀) boast its sharpness. [Provided to InKunming]

Mandong Village(曼东村): famous for producing Husa Knife

The knife was an important weapon in the cold weapon age. Nowadays, it has lost most of its practical applications, but been reserved as an art form.

Mandong Village of Husa Town is famous as a cradle of Husa Knife.

Husa Knife, also known as A'chang Knife(阿昌刀), was officially rated as one of the first batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritages on 2006. The knife is said to be so sharp that it can easily cut through iron. It is crowned as the first three famous knives in China, along with the Yengisar Knife(英吉沙小刀) of Uygur people and Bao'an Broadsword (保安腰刀) of Bao'an people.

Husa Knife gained its reputation in Ming Dynasty(1368 A.D.-1644 A.D.), when Husa Town was served as an important arsenal at that time.

The craftsmanship has been inherited down all over the changes of time. Up to now, Husa Knife has more than 100 kinds of models and norms, with over 1,000 local residents working on forging the knife.

Location: Mandong Village, Husa Town, Longchuan County(陇川县), Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture.

Climate: a subtropical monsoon climate with adequate sunshine

Route: you can go to Mangshi(芒市), the capital of Dehong Dai & Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture by plane, self-driving, or buses in the Western Bus Terminal from Kunming, then transfer to Longchuan County by bus, which charges about 30 yuan, and take another bus to Mandong Village from the county seat.

Travel Tips: local snacks are must during a trip, such as the Guoshou rice noodle(过手米线), a kind of rice noodle served with palms.

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