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Ethnic Peoples' links between

Culture and Nature





Where Nature and Culture meet

Living 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

Cultural aspects of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan

Kitchens

Marketing forest products

Shopping

Weaving

Heads and hats


Ethnic fashion of Xishuangbanna

modern ethnic fashion design


Flowers and trees important in local culture

BUDDHIST BAUHINIA: Bauhinia variegata candida

GOLDEN LOTUS BANANA: Musella lasiocarpa

SACRED FICUS

SORROWLESS TREE: Saraca dives


Animals important in local culture

Jungle fowl

Green peacock


Agricultural specialties of Xishuangbanna

special farming systems


Spirituality and nature

Spirituality & biodiversity

Spirituality & water

 

Spirituality and water

Water is essential to especially Dai peoples' life in Xishuangbanna. Consequently, their water wells are sacred and protected. Little mirrors around the ornately constructed wells and springs are shooing evil spirits away.


An elephant is guarding this well inside a Buddhist temple.


Two dragons take care of this drinking water well inside a Dai village.


 

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important in local culture:

the Golden Lotus Banana

 

Traveling 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.

For travelers with cultural experience and who prefer tranquility we offer:

TianZi Old Homes

With TianZi Old Homes you rent an entire ethnic house. No next room neighbors disturbing you, no tourists annoying you.

Your home will be in the middle of a cultural setting but smartly hidden from the noise of "development".

You may choose to live in your house alone or with your friends. You may cook for yourself or visit local restaurants.

All TianZi Old Homes have a garden typical for local culture and teaming with local plants.

We 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.

As most old homes are mainly constructed of wood, smoking in the rooms is not permitted.

At TianZi we are working on providing a health food restaurant in all places where we establish the TianZi Housing scheme.

For booking please send us an e-mail to inquire availability.