styles where culture and nature meet
the TianZi Dai house, Xishuangbanna
the TianZi Dai village, Xishuangbanna
the TianZi Naxi Houses, Lijiang
the TianZi Tao Temple, Yangtze Valley
aspects of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan
Marketing forest products
Heads and hats
fashion of Xishuangbanna
modern ethnic fashion design
and trees important in local culture
BUDDHIST BAUHINIA: Bauhinia variegata candida
GOLDEN LOTUS BANANA: Musella lasiocarpa
SORROWLESS TREE: Saraca dives
important in local culture
specialties of Xishuangbanna
special farming systems
Spirituality & biodiversity
Spirituality & water
Xishuangbanna's rich biodiversity often ends in those pots, hence, jokingly
the area is sometimes called the "hotpot of Chinese biodiversity".
A roadside kitchen in Xishuangbanna. Note the spices: half of them are
different types of extra hot chilies.
A kitchen as it is set up by Dai people outside to prepare food for
a large crowed of people celebrating the completion of the new house.
A kitchen inside a Lahu house. The lahus are hunters and traditionally
their houses were moved every few years to another location in the forest.
Hence, their belongings needed to be few and easy to transport.
Nowadays, the lahu communities are made to stay in designated areas
and they are taught how to farm. Their hunting rifles have been collected
and as a consequence wildlife in the near forests is increasing their
populations. Lahu means 'tiger', and it has been the pride of a lahu
hunter to bring home one of these wild cats. This has led to the extinction
of tigers in Southern China. Since the collection of rifles, however,
some tigers have come back from the forests of Burma (Myanmar).
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design : water
amphibia : reptilia
: panda : takin
ecotourism : Xishuangbanna
: Shangrila : Yunnan
books : Buddhist
flowers : consulting :
science of ecology : medicine
bananas : ginger
: herbs : orchids
: trees : succulents
: lianas :
Gabrielle's traditional motive Chinese
jewelry : Wu Jialin's black and
rain forests : river
banks of the Mekong : pools : sacred
forests : sinter
terraces : chili growing
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herpes : hepatitis
: cancer : diabetes
: health tea : malaria
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Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China
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in local culture:
the Golden Lotus Banana
in Yunnan is for experienced lovers of ethnic culture with
a genuine interested in nature. From the tropical South to the high alpine
North: no other Chinese province offers more cultural and ecological diversity.
Biodiversity is rich in endemic species and so are the farmers' fields:
full of agriculturally rare species and crop varieties.
travelers with cultural experience and who prefer tranquility we offer:
TianZi Old Homes you rent an entire ethnic house. No next room
neighbors disturbing you, no tourists annoying you.
home will be in the middle of a cultural setting but smartly hidden from
the noise of "development".
may choose to live in your house alone or with your friends. You may cook
for yourself or visit local restaurants.
TianZi Old Homes have a garden typical for local culture and teaming with
also guarantee that there will be no TV set in your house because we want
you to enjoy time with your friends or a good book.
most old homes are mainly constructed of wood, smoking in the rooms is
TianZi we are working on providing a health food restaurant in all places
where we establish the TianZi Housing scheme.
booking please send us an e-mail to