Ruili City Culture

Ruili City Culture

Ruili is a unique frontier city which stand on the west land of Yunnan province. It is the integration of minority and exotic culture. Ruili residences enjoy the festivals with Burma when they live in the subtropical rainforest with local ethnic minority. There are peace and harmony, without conflict. Otherwise, Ruili is the important town of Hinayana Buddhism, with a great number of pagodas and temples. Local people pay reverence to to local monk. In addition, as a Jewellery City, Ruili offers divers activities on jade and jewellery. Stone gamble is a representative one. In a word, Ruili is a fantastic and inviting city.

Frontier culture: as a state border, Ruili offers the unique exotic culture. On the street in Ruili, there are many Burmese coming Ruili for business. Sino-Burmese Baobo Carnival in Ruili City(中缅胞波狂欢节) is a representative events indicating the close relationship between Chinese and Burmese. “Baobo” literally means “brother” in Burmese.  China and Myanmar have been backing on each other by mountains and rivers, and inked with villages from ancient times.Sino-Myanmar Carnival of Ruili has continuously extended, being developed into a major international festival for harmonious gathering of Chinese and Burmese. 

Ethnic culture: Yunnan is a kingdom of ethnic minorities, Dehong Dai and Jingpo Autonomous Prefecture proves it. There are 5 original ethnic groups in Dehong, Dai, Jingpo, De’ang, Lisu and Achang, who live together generation by generation. These ethnic minority live cross border. They keep the trade contacts and cultural exchanges. The original inhabitants of this plain are mainly Dai ethnic minority, an ethnic minority with a long history and civilization. The men are gentle and kind, and the women are elegant and hardworking. The mountainous residents are mainly Jingpo people. This is a minority that migrated from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau in ancient times. They are brave and unrestrained. Here, travelers can dance with the elegant ethnic girls and play the drum with the strong boys. Dancing peacocks and beautiful songs will gain your attentions. The representative festivals covers Water-splashing Festival of Dai, Munaozongge of Jingpo, Kuoshi Festival of Lisu and Aluwoluo Festival of Achang. Otherwise, Hinayana Buddhism is the major religion in Dehong. Dai and De’ang ethnic minorities believe in it. The pagodas and Zhuangfang (temple in Dai villages) are built in every Dai villages, which are the typical architectures in Dehong. The representative architectures is the Jiele Golden Pagoda. Most of villages will pray in Zhuangfang and pagodas in certain time. Jingpo people worship nature and their ancestors, which can be seen in their sacrifice ceremony. In general, ethnic culture is the essential part of Dehong.

Art: Ruili City enjoys the booming folk art, including the Peacock Dance, Gayang Dance, Folk Songs and Xiangjiao Drum Dance. All these forms come from the labor work and daily life.

Jade and Stone

Dehong is located at the intersection of the world’s two biggest gem mineralized tectonic belts and is close to the gem-rich country of Burma. Yunnan also has a long tradition of jewelry trade and cultural exchanges with Burma, resulting in a prominent advantage in raw materials imports. Yunnan currently sits at the frontier of the jewelry industry.

In recent years, Dehong jewelry culture industry has formed a complete industrial chain including the import of raw materials, production, research and design. More than 8,000 jewelers from different places have gathered in Yunnan province. Some local brands such as Wang Chaoyang and Dong Yuchun have become well-known brands in jewelry industry. Ruili is the most important jewelry market in Dehong.