Yangbi County Overview
- Chinese Name: 漾濞县
- Location: located in southern Yunnan Province, China
- Area: About 1, 957 square kilometers
- Population: 100,000
- Language: Bai Language
- Postal code: 672500
- Area code(s): 0872
Where to Stay
Yangbi County accommodation is convenient and comfortable. You can choose different hotels according to your requirements.
Where to Visit
There are many scenic spots are worthy to visit. Puguang Temple, Fuguo Temple, Yuhuangge (Jade Emperor) Pavillion, Cliff Painting of Cangshan Mountain, Feifengshan Mountain, West Slope of Cangshan Mountain, Yunlong Bridge are good choices.
Best Time to Visit
The best time for touring Dali is between March and June every year, because at that time there is the celebration for the March Street in Dali. It is also the time when the camellias are in bloom. It is warm and there is no wind or sand. Similarly, the best time for touring Yangbi County is also between March and June.
The major ethnic groups are Han, Yi, Hui, Bai, Miao, Lisu and Dai Ethnic Minority.
Yangbi County is under Dali County’s jurisdiction. There are 3 towns and 6 townships in Yunlong: Canshanxi Town(苍山西镇), Yangjiang Town(漾江镇), Pingpo Town(平坡镇), Fuhen Township(富恒乡), Taiping Township(太平乡), Shunbi Township(顺濞乡), Wacahng Township(瓦厂乡), Longtan Township(龙潭乡), Jijie Township(鸡街乡).
Origin of the Yi Torch Festival
There are records about the origin of the Torch Festival in the "Kunming County Annals" written in the Guangxu period of the Qing Dynasty: "There was a Yi woman Anan in the Han Dynasty. Her husband was killed by evildoers, and she swore that she would not submit to the killers. So she jumped into fire and died at that day (the 24th in the sixth lunar month). People felt very sad and held the festival for her.
Before 1949, the Yis in the Liangshan Mountain areas were stratified into four different ranks -- "Nuohuo," "Qunuo," "Ajia" and "Xiaxi". "Nuohuo," meaning "black Yi," was the highest rank of society. "Qunuo," meaning "white Yi," was the highest rank of the ruled and made up 50 per cent of the population. "Ajia" made up one third of the population, being rigidly bound to black Yi or Qunuo slaveowners, who could freely sell, buy and kill them. "Xiaxi" was the lowest rank, accounting for 10 per cent of the population.
What to Buy
There are many special things that you can buy, such as Yangbi walnut, walnut shell handicraft, snow mountain wine, Yangbi walnut milk.
Each place has its own special dishes in China. Yangbi roasted lamb, Yangbi rice vermicelli, Yangbi walnut are very famous in Yangbi County.
Location of Yangbi County (pink) and Dali Prefecture (yellow) within Yunnan province of China