Shiping County in Honghe, Yunan Province

December 26, 2014 - FOLKLORE TOUR - Post by: WfpaEdit

Shiping County, belonging to Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture, is in the southern part of the Yunnan province of China. It is located about 240 km from the provincial capital-Kunming. The county has a population of approximately 280,000 and covers an area of 3,037 km².

Shiping features wonderful gardens, temples and colorful murals. For example, Yilong Lake, a large fresh water lake with a surface area of 32 square km, is particularly notable for its scenery, including the colorful lotus flowers that bloom on its surface. It is located about 2 km east of the county. The Xiushan Temple, located southwest of the county, was constructed during the Tang Dynasty and renamed Xiushan Temple during the Ming Dynasty.

The county is known for its profound contribution on Chinese education and literacy. For example, the Qing Dynasty scholar and civil servant Yuan Jiagu (1872-1937) formerly lived in Shiping, and his home was named on November 16, 1993, as a “provincial level cultural relic” for preservation.

The county is also known throughout China for its traditional songs and dances. The Yi people of Shiping who live near Yilong Lake perform a form of traditional music called sea grass melody (as known as hai cai qiang). Yi women dragon dances represented original ecological culture began to appear in the national theatrical performances from late 1990’s. The 2004 Chinese film called “Huayao Bride” has presented the women dragon dance folklore of Shiping.

 

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