Culture of Eryuan County in Dali

A long history has endowed Eryuan County with a profound cultural heritage. There are 27 very important protected cultural heritage sites within the county, three of which are at a provincial level. Inhabitants of this land in ancient times left behind numerous legends or relics. In the early years of the Tang Dynasty, Langqiongzhao (a Yunnan tribe at the time) built the Phoenix Platform, and dug the Baishajing (literally meaning “White Sand Well”). Emperor Jianwen (the second emperor in the Ming Dynasty) slept in a cave called Mianlongdong (named thus after he slept there, for the name means “the cave where an emperor slept”), and farmed in Shilongsi. The list goes on. All those various ethnic groups in Eryuan County have created a magnificent endemic culture through their diligence and wisdom. They are also very good at dancing and singing. Because of the above-mentioned facts, Eryuan County is praised as “the land of myths”, “the land where the heavenly maids scatter down songs” and “the land of Bai ethnicity’s suona”.

Innumerable tourists visit Eryuan County in throngs to see its beautiful lakesides and mountains, its numerous humanistic landscapes, and its rich ethnic culture and customs.