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Dongba: Landscapes and Lijiang

Long ago in the mists of antiquity, a large and powerful tribe of nomadic yak herders roamed the grasslands of northern China. Conflicts within the tribe, and the never-ending search for new grazing lands, impelled a branch of this tribe to set off on a lengthy migration south.

Eventually they arrived at Gold Sand River, on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River in southwestern China, and settled in the highlands of Jade Snow Dragon and Heba Mountains.

Landscapes and Lijiang | 景观和丽江

玉龙雪山下的村庄


Yulong Snow Mountain
village

玉龙雪山与黄菜花农田


Yulong Snow Mountain
and farmland

丽江石头城城门


Lijiang stone village's main gate

泸沽湖


Lugu Lake

泸沽湖玛尼堆


Lugu Lake Mani Dui

丽江古城四方街


Lijiang Old Town
Square Streets

丽江古城水景


Lijiang ancient city
of waterscape

丽江黑龙潭公园


Lijiang
Black Dragon Park

保留古风的纳西族村落


Naxi villages
in archaic reserved

香格里拉的粮架


Shangri-La's food shelf
 

Amid the Haba Snow Mountains, 120 kilometres to the southeast of Zhongdian County, is a stretch of crystal terrace. The Baishuitai Terrace means "a growing flower", and the Dongba culture explains that the color of white presents auspiciousness and sanctity. On the eighth day of the second lunar month, when the mountains surrounding Baishuitai Terrace are festooned with flower blossoms, the Naxi people come to worship this sacred site. Dressed in their holiday best, they sing and dance to celebrate this ethnic festival.

Baishuitai | 白水台


Baishuitai | 白水台 1


Baishuitai | 白水台 2


Baishuitai | 白水台 3


Baishuitai | 白水台 4


Baishuitai | 白水台 5


Baishuitai | 白水台 6


Baishuitai | 白水台 7
 

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