Heilongtan (Black Dragon Pond), symbol of masculinity, is the source of the streams that flow through Lijiang.  Most of the water comes from underground seepage from the Yulong Mountain

The water is so clear, but according to the guide, it can be clearer.

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Girls from different nationalities lining up for tourists to take pictures, Lijiang is multi-ethnic, and multilingual

Left to right: Nakhi (Naxi), (I don't know), Miao (Hmong), Yi (Nuosu),  Miao (Hmong)


Ethnic minorities in Lijiang



Nakhi (Naxi) Nakhi makes up 59% of the population of the Lijiang region.  The kings of Lijiang (The Mu Family) was Nakhi.  Officially Nakhi's religion is Dongba, an ancient shamanistic religion similar to the Tibetan Bön Religion before Buddhism arrived.  Bön is still an important part of Tibetan culture.

The royal family was heavily influenced by Taoism.


The Sanduo Festival on the 8th day of the 2nd month on the Chinese calendar and the "Bangbang" Festival on the 15th day of the 1st month on the Chinese calendar are the two most important ethnocultural celebrations in the Province of Yunnan
Mosuo The Mosuo live on the eastern edge of the Lijiang area on the border with Sichuan Province


Bai The Bai people inhabit areas near Dali.

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