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Roads in China | a lush green ride in China’s “Animal and Plant Kingdom”...

𝘙𝘰𝘢𝘥𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘢...

A lush green ride in China’s “Animal and Plant Kingdom" Yunnan province

南恩瀑布 or the amazing Nanen waterfall

While Yunnan province only covers about 4% of China’s land, it harbors almost 50% of the plant species in the country. Sometimes called China's "Animal and Plant Kingdom"

南恩瀑布 or the Nanen waterfall is located in the Ailao mountain of Xinping Yi and Dai Autonomous County (新平彝族傣族自治县) in Yunnan province. The county is under the jurisdiction of 玉溪市 Yuxi prefecture level city and is an autonomous region for predominantly three ethnic minorities.

彝族 the Yi minority comprise more than 40% of the Xinping county population of about 260,000. China is home to about 8 million Yi people, mostly in the mountainous regions in of the southern provinces of #Sichuan, #Yunnan, #Guizhou, and #Guangxi and scattered in different branches and groups with their own Yi language dialects. Yi’s history go way back to the Guizhou and Yunnan kingdoms.

傣族 Dai people refers to several Tai-speaking ethnic minorities mostly living in Yunnan province. Tai ethnicities are scattered in South-East Asia and there are about 93 million people of Tai ancestry worldwide. In China, the Dai ethnic population is 1.2 million with 40,000 living in Xinping county (15% of the population).

The third specific ethnic minority in Xinping county is 哈尼族 Hani people, about 4% of the population. The origins of the Hani are not precisely known, though their ancestors, the ancient Qiang tribe, are believed to have migrated southward from the Qinghai–Tibetan plateau prior to 3rd century CE. The Hani oral traditions state that they are descended from the Yi people, and that they split off as a separate tribe fifty generations ago. One of their oral traditions is the recital of the names of Hani ancestors from the first Hani family down to oneself.

All three ethnic minorities are belong to the 56 officially recognized ethnic nationalities in China.

Besides its splendid nature, the county breathes ethnic cultures and is also a part of the Ancient Tea Horse Road, a network of caravan paths winding through the mountains of Sichuan, Yunnan and Tibet in Southwest China. Used in ancient history for trade, especially between areas in the South of China with Tibet, trading tea for Tibetan horses, hence the name “Tea Horse Road”.

Here another amazing footage of the Nanen waterfall :

#china #china2022 #chinaroads #chinesehistory #chineseculture #chinesesociety #5iz #5izchina

Source videos : douyin

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