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Ethnic Peoples' links between

Culture and Nature

Where Nature and Culture meet

Living styles where culture and nature meet

the TianZi Dai house, Xishuangbanna

the TianZi Dai village, Xishuangbanna

the TianZi Naxi Houses, Lijiang

the TianZi Tao Temple, Yangtze Valley

Cultural aspects of Xishuangbanna, Yunnan


Marketing forest products



Heads and hats

Ethnic fashion of Xishuangbanna

modern ethnic fashion design

Flowers and trees important in local culture

BUDDHIST BAUHINIA: Bauhinia variegata candida

GOLDEN LOTUS BANANA: Musella lasiocarpa



Animals important in local culture

Jungle fowl

Green peacock

Agricultural specialties of Xishuangbanna

special farming systems

Spirituality and nature

Spirituality & biodiversity

Spirituality & water



Xishuangbanna's rich biodiversity often ends in those pots, hence, jokingly the area is sometimes called the "hotpot of Chinese biodiversity".

A roadside kitchen in Xishuangbanna. Note the spices: half of them are different types of extra hot chilies.

A kitchen as it is set up by Dai people outside to prepare food for a large crowed of people celebrating the completion of the new house.

A kitchen inside a Lahu house. The lahus are hunters and traditionally their houses were moved every few years to another location in the forest. Hence, their belongings needed to be few and easy to transport.
Nowadays, the lahu communities are made to stay in designated areas and they are taught how to farm. Their hunting rifles have been collected and as a consequence wildlife in the near forests is increasing their populations. Lahu means 'tiger', and it has been the pride of a lahu hunter to bring home one of these wild cats. This has led to the extinction of tigers in Southern China. Since the collection of rifles, however, some tigers have come back from the forests of Burma (Myanmar).


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important in local culture:

the Golden Lotus Banana


Traveling in Yunnan is for experienced lovers of ethnic culture with a genuine interested in nature. From the tropical South to the high alpine North: no other Chinese province offers more cultural and ecological diversity. Biodiversity is rich in endemic species and so are the farmers' fields: full of agriculturally rare species and crop varieties.

For travelers with cultural experience and who prefer tranquility we offer:

TianZi Old Homes

With TianZi Old Homes you rent an entire ethnic house. No next room neighbors disturbing you, no tourists annoying you.

Your home will be in the middle of a cultural setting but smartly hidden from the noise of "development".

You may choose to live in your house alone or with your friends. You may cook for yourself or visit local restaurants.

All TianZi Old Homes have a garden typical for local culture and teaming with local plants.

We also guarantee that there will be no TV set in your house because we want you to enjoy time with your friends or a good book.

As most old homes are mainly constructed of wood, smoking in the rooms is not permitted.

At TianZi we are working on providing a health food restaurant in all places where we establish the TianZi Housing scheme.

For booking please send us an e-mail to inquire availability.