Yunnan Nationalities Village


Basic Facts of Yunnan Nationalities Village

Chinese Name: 云南民族村 Pronunciation: Yúnnán Mínzú Cūn

Service Hours: 9:00-18:00

Best Visiting Time: All seasons

Suggested Visiting Hours: 3-5 Hours

Occupied Area: 0.89 square kilometers

Popular Activities: Water Splashing Festival, the Torch Festival

Address: No. 1310, Dianchi Road, Xishan District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province, China

Village Function: A place to know about the customs, buildings, festivals, cultural heritage of ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province


Admission Fee

Tourists Ticket Price
Adults 90 yuan
(aged between 6 to 18)
45 yuan
(aged between 60 to 70)


  • Ticket Free of Charge Policy

1. Children below 1.2(including) meters or under 6(including) years old are free of charge.
2. Seniors over 70(including) years old with valid certificate are free of charge.


  • Performance Time Guide
Performances Time Venue
The Call of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau 14:40-15:20 Dian Lake Stage
Elephant Show 11:00-11:30; 13:30-14:00;
Elephant Square
Seven-color Clouds Green Cloud
9:30-9:50; 11:30-11:50;
Achang Court
Blue Cloud
10:10-10:30; 11:20-11:40;
Knife Square
Black Cloud
10:30-10:50; 12:20-12:40
Va Square
Red Cloud
10:40-11:00; 13:20-13:40
Yi Court
Orange Cloud
11:00-11:20; 16:30-16:50
Lahu Square
White Cloud
10:30-10:50; 12:40-13:00
Bai Square
Purple Cloud
11:30-11:50; 16:30-16:50 
Mosuo Home
Terrace Beyond the Cloud
10:50-11:10; 16:30-16:50 
Hani Square
Customs of Dai Nationality
11:00-11:20; 15:50-16:10 
Bamboo Tower of Dai Nationality


Overview of Yunnan Nationalities Village

Scenery of the Village, Yunnan Nationalities Village
Scenery of the Village

Situated at the bank of the Dian Lake, the southwest of Kunming, Yunnan Nationalities Village covers an area of 0.89 square kilometers (including 0.31 square kilometers of water area). The village is a 4A class national tourist area and is reputed as the window to demonstrate the culture and customs of ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province.

This village boasts 25 ethnic minorities, such as the Bai nationality, the Dai nationality, the Yi nationality, etc. The village restores and exhibits the unique cottages, buildings, living environment of ethnic minorities, which is the epitome of nationalities distributed in Yunnan Province.  


Honor of Yunnan Nationalities Village

Built in 1992, Yunnan Nationalities Village has received many honors. It was successively granted as “National 4A Scenic Spot”, “National Tourism Standardization Demonstration Unit”, and “National Cultural Industry Demonstration Base”. The CIOFF under the UNESCO selected Yunnan Nationalities Village as one of the “Folk Traditional Culture and Art Base in China”.

Up to now, over 30 intangible cultural heritages here have been listed in the list published by the UNESCO.


Festivals and Activities of Yunnan Nationalities Village

Festivals    Time    Ethnic Minorities Activities
Tibetan New Year January 1st to January 15th of the Tibetan calendar The Tibetan Worship and dress show of the Tibetan nationality
Jumping Flower Festival (Flowery Mountains Festival)
The second to the seventh day of the first lunar month 
The Miao Singing in antiphonal style and Lusheng dancing
Sanduo God Festival
The eighth day of the second lunar month
The Naxi Naxi woodcarving, a memorial ceremony for Sanduo God

The third day of the third lunar month  The Zhuang  Imitation show of Third Sister Liu, to throw an embroidered ball
Sanyue Street Festival (Third Month Fair) The fifteenth day to the twentieth day of the third lunar month The Bai A memorial ceremony and singing in antiphonal style
The Water Splashing Festival April 13th-15th  The Dai Water-Splashing and dragon boat race

The Torch Festival

The twenty-fourth day to the twenty-sixth day of the sixth lunar month

The Yi, Bai, Naxi, Jino, Lahu  
Drinking and singing, campfire party, and fireworks display


Top Highlights to See in Yunnan Nationalities Village

The Bai Nationality Village

The Bai Nationality Village, Yunnan Nationalities Village
The Bai Nationality Village

Covering an area of 42,000 square meters, the Bai Nationality Village is dotted with traditional folk residences with cornices and bucket arch. “Three Lanes and a Screen Wall” is the typical building style of the Bai nationality. It is similar to the Beijing quadrangle courtyard (Siheyuan). This type of house constitutes three lanes and a screen wall facing the gate of a house. Every lane has three rooms and two floors. The north lane that faces the screen wall is for the elders, and the west lane and east lane are for the young.

The Bai Nationality Village also exhibits the tie-dye workshop, woodcarving workshop, and drama stage. The overall Bai building complex features capaciousness and orderliness, which reflects the living attitude of the Bai people.

The Yi Nationality Village

The Yi Nationality Village, Yunnan Nationalities Village
The Yi Nationality Village

Covering an area of 33,333 square meters, the wall of three-tiger relief and the tiger mountain model reveal the cultural features of the Yi nationality. The soil-piled houses (Tuzhangfang in Chinese) reflect the Yi people’s outlook on life: the pursuit of harmony between human and nature. The village also reappears the wine workshop, the embroidery house, and the tea garden.

The Torch Festival is the most important and traditional festival of the Yi nationality. During the twenty-fourth to the twenty-sixth days of the sixth month of the Chinese lunar calendar, people will hold horse racing and wrestling as a ritual to pay tribute to their ancestors. They hold the torch and dress up, dancing with their companions in their residences.

The Miao Nationality Village

The Miao Nationality Village,Yunnan Nationalities Village
The Miao Nationality Village

The hanging house or stilted building (Diaojiaolou in Chinese) is the essence of the Miao building. The overall house hanging in the air is with the support of only several stilts or wood columns. The hanging house reflects the living environment of the Miao nationality.

Miao people are skilled in singing and dancing. The folk song and Lusheng (musical instrument) dance are favorite ways of entertaining friends. Lusheng dance is a traditional dancing way that integrates entertainment and performance. In traditional festivals, Miao people will dance and sing at Lusheng square. They dress up and play Lusheng, sharing a pleasant time with their families and friends.

Shanhua (mountain and flower) Festival or Jumping Flower Festival is the traditional festival of the Miao nationality. Shanhua Festival is similar to Valentine’s Day in Western countries. Shanhua Festival is the day that Miao people look for companions and transfer good wishes to each other.


Travel Tips

1. If necessary, take some sun-proof products such as sun-proof clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen with you.  

2. Please respect the customs and religion of the local ethnic minorities.


Recommended Routes

  • Route 1

Dai Village → Shui Village → Bouyei Village → Va Village → Blang Village → Miao Village → Jino Village → Lahu Village → Yao Village → Bai Village → Zhuang Village → Naxi Village → Mosuo Home → Yi Village → Elephant Square → Hani Village → De’ang Village → Tibetan Village → Jingpo Village→ Achang Village

  • Route 2

Dai Village → Knife Square → Miao Village → Yao Village → Hui Village → Manchu Village → Hani Village → De’ang Village → Tibetan Village → Jingpo Village → Achang Village



By Bus

Take bus 24, 44, 73, A1, A9, 94, 135, 172, 233, 184 and get off at Yunnan Nationalities Village Station. And then you need to walk westward for 30 meters along the Dianchi Road, turn right, walk about 470 meters to the destination.

By Taxi

Chinese: 请带我去云南民族村。English: Please take me to Yunnan Nationalities Village.

If you go to the East Gate of Yunnan Nationalities Village from the center of Kunming (Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre), it takes about 30 minutes (about 30 yuan).

If you go to the East Gate of Yunnan Nationalities Village from Kunming Changshui International Airport, it takes about 50 minutes (about 100 yuan).

If you go to the East Gate of Yunnan Nationalities Village from Kunming Railway Station, it takes about 30 minutes (about 30 yuan).

If you go to the East Gate of Yunnan Nationalities Village from Kunming South Railway Station, it takes about 50 minutes (about 75 yuan).

Yunnan Nationalities Village, Yunnan Nationalities Village
Yunnan Nationalities Village

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