Nuohei Village


Basic Information of Nuohei Village

Chinese Name: 糯黑村 Pronunciation: Nuò Hēi Cūn

Building Time: 1816

Recommended Time for Visit: 2-3 Hours

Occupied Area: 27.16 square kilometers

Address: Guishan Town, Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China


Brief Introduction of Nuohei Village

Nuohei Village, Nuohei Village
Nuohei Village

Nuohei Village, located at the west of Guishan Town, Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Kunming City, Yunnan Province, occupies a total area of 27.16 square kilometers. It has a population of around 1000, and most villagers are Yi (an ethnic minority in China) people. All of them can speak the Yi language and conform to Yi customs. With the Sani (a branch of Yi nationality) culture of the Yi people, Nuohei Village was listed in the “Chinese traditional village”.

Nuohei Village, with the typical Karst landform, is featured by stone mountains. The rock here is quarried for building stones. With over a hundred years of history, the unique stone houses here are well-designed. Nuohei Village is also known as “stone village”.


History of Nuohei Village

As a village close to an ancient post road to Kunming City, Nuohei Village was formed in the 21st year (1816) of Jiaqing Reign in the Qing Dynasty. Owing to successive years of tangled warfare, Nuohei Village was infested with bandits. Villagers built stone walls, four gates, and five blockhouses to protect the village from being attacked.

In September 2014, Nuohei Village was on the second list of the “Chinese traditional village”.



  • Mizhi Festival

    Mizhi Festival,   Nuohei Village
    Mizhi Festival

The seven-day festival in November is one of the most important festivals in Nuohei Village. It is also named “Man’s Day”. During the festival, men would go into Mizhi (dense branches) Holy Forest to pray for great weather, good harvest, happiness, and peace for all villagers.

As night falls, people would go back to the village and criticize those who were morally corrupt, broke laws or regulations, or made mistakes. That would uphold justice and suppress evil. And in that way, the traditional virtues of Sani people can be passed down from generation to generation.

  • Torch Festival

    Torch Festival,  Nuohei Village
    Torch Festival

Torch Festival, which means a lot to Nuohei Village, is mostly celebrated on the 24th day of the sixth lunar month of the Chinese lunar calendar. Aiming to drive away all bad lucks and pray for a good harvest, the festival contains many activities such as wrestle, bullfight, and cockfight.

In the evening, people would get together to prepare a meal and eat boiled eggs. After dinner, young people would light torches and dance Dasanxian (three-stringed plucked instrument) dance till late at night.


What You Should Not Miss in Nuohei Village

  • Stone Village

    Stone Village,  Nuohei Village
    Stone Village

Nuohei Village is a stone village, represented by stone houses, stone walls, stone-laid roads, stone mills, etc. Nuohei houses were built with stones and wood. With purple painted wood as beam frames, doors, and windows, these houses are cased with stones. Interior walls are painted with lime; roofs are covered by flat tiles and imbrex. Nuohei houses usually own two floors, three principal rooms, and two side rooms.

In the village, there are century-old trees behind stone houses, with strong branches and dense leaves. You can also find Phyllostachys sulphurea (jinzhu, a kind of bamboo with thick culms) in front of these houses.

Guishan Sani Folk Museum, Nuohei Village
Guishan Sani Folk Museum
  • Guishan Sani Folk Museum

Situated in Nuohei Village, Guishan Sani Folk Museum shows the public Sani culture of Yi people. You can find old things used by ancestors of the Sani people, for example, leather saddles, lion dance masks, and wooden ox cart. Women’s clothing with exquisite embroidery are also exhibited here, so as the kerchiefs and belts of Sani people.


Best Time to Visit

It is advisable to visit Nuohei Village from spring to autumn. Besides, autumn is the best time to taste various kinds of wild mushrooms.


Warm Tips

1. You may take sunscreen cream and sunglasses to protect against the ultraviolet rays.

2. You may drink more water to avoid dehydration.

3. Mizhi Holy Forest is not open to women. It is advisable to follow local customs.


Recommended Route

Main Gate → Guishan Sani Folk Museum → Mizhi Holy Forest → Panjiang Daily Press Site → Agritainment → Exit



By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去糯黑村。English: Please take me to Nuohei Village.

If you go to Nuohei Village from Stone Forest, it takes about 45 minutes (about 110 yuan).

If you go to Nuohei Village from Kunming city center (Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts), it takes about two hours (about 350 yuan).

If you go to Nuohei Village from Kunming Changshui International Airport, it takes about two hours (about 350 yuan).

If you go to Nuohei Village from South Kunming Railway Station, it takes about 100 minutes (about 350 yuan).

If you go to Nuohei Village from Kunming Railway Station, it takes about two hours (about 350 yuan).

Nuohei Village, Nuohei Village
Nuohei Village

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