18 peculiars in Yunnan
||1. Eggs Sold
People in Longlin County of Baoshan area are used to
tying egg vertically and horizontally up into a bar
with rice straw and sell them in bars in the market.
Walls Built with Cobbles.
People draw on local resources to build houses along
river bands in the countryside. Cobbles as a building
material makes wall neat and creates a unique local
||3. Pies called
"Ear Piece "
Ear piece is one of Yunnan's special -flavor foods.
It is made of rice in shape of thin pies. Apart from
ear piece, rice noodle, flat rice noodle and so forth
are local favorite non-staple food. It can be boiled
or fried and the famous speciality "Teng Chong
Dajiu Jia " actually is stir-fried thick rice noodle.
Move in Clouds
Roads wind up along colossal and precipitous mountains.
Fog spreads all over the top of mountains making one
feel being placed upon clouds in fairyland.
||5. Young Girls
called " Old Lady "
People in Xiaguan and Chuxiong call unmarried girls
(normally from fourteen to eighteen years old )"old
lady". It is said that such address embodies intimacy
and goodwill to wish her good health, which has become
||6. Key Hung
on Waist -belts.
The Dai women in southern Yunnan like wearing long skirts
with silver belts on which keys are hung. It is a rule
that only married women are allowed to hang keys. Because
wearing a belt with keys shows one in capable of running
Go Abroad not Inland
There was a narrow railway of 464. 2 kilometres long
from Kunming to Hanoi in Vietnam at the end of Qing
dynasty which was the first international railway in
the province. It was constructed by the French from
1903 to 1910 and cost more than 50,000 people's valuable
lives. However, by then Yunnan hadn't even a domestic
8. Straw Hats Used as Cooker Covers.
hardworking and honest countrymen weave every day
necessities shoes, fans, hats, baskets, cooker covers
and so on with bamboo and paddy stems.
||9. Girls Wear
Flowers in all Seasons.
The weather s like that of eternal spring " in
most regions of Yunnan. As the capital of the province,
kunming city has a state of ecstasy as " the whole
year us February and March while endless flowers and
twigs are at all times ", therefore, it is named
as " Spring City " in China. Fresh flowers
can be seen in any season and floral industry becomes
a main economic industry here.
10. Raining Here but Sunning There.
Yunnan possesses a plateau climate like a changeable
kid's face since rain and wind come and go without
one knowing. A saying goes like this, " Weather
varies within a circumference of ten lis (Li is a
Chinese unit of half a kilometer ) and winter comes
once it rains ". Even in the same area, one often
sees rain here and sunshine in another place.
||11. Green Vegetables
Called Bitter Vegetables.
Green vegetables are grown in up southern part of the
province that is a kind of thin featherlike overlapping
vegetables like vanilla. Its name comes from old customs
but not from its taste.
Used as Smoking Pipe.
Smoking bag is also called "Tobacco Tube "
which is a typical local smoking utensil used mostly
in Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. Its length
is from a half to one meter while its diameter varies
from five to ten centimeter. People put cut tobacco
on the bamboo tube, the lower part of which in filled
with water, and smoke. Gurgling sound is heard when
one smokes from bamboo tube mouth.
People said brave and struggling " Dian Army "
of the past days carried tobacco tubes on their backs
to frontline to fight fro anti-Japanese army mistook
such smoking tools as a new type of weapons and were
horrified, so "Dian Army " won the name of
" Army with Double Guns ".
||13. Tea Leaves
Sold in piles.
The Jinpo minority group in Luxi county of Dehong prefecture
sell tea leaves by piles instead of using scales.
||14. The Same
Dress for Four Seasons.
The weather in most part of Yunnan is always like that
in spring and the alternation of seasons is not obvious. So people dress themselves without distinct seasonal
||15. Girls Hang
The Lisu minority girls have a habit of smoking and
chewing tobacco so that most married or unmarried females
hang tobacco bags on their waist belts. They present
bags to one another with respect on the occassion of
union to show kindness and intimacy that gradually becomes
a necessary entertainment to their guests.
Move Faster than Trains.
The speed of train is much lower than that of automobiles
on the narrow railways across certain precipitous relieves
||17. Toes Show
Some people from the mountainous areas wear straw shoes
with holes all year round since the four seasons are
||18. Three Mosquitoes
Make up a Dish
There are non poisonous mosquitoes with long legs in
Yunnan. They look so big at the first glance that outsiders
say " three mosquitoes make up a dish " for