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Yunnan Nationalities VillageBenzilam

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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Julie J
Holbox, Mexico201 contributions
Friends
The recreated buildings and villages are marvelous and one of the last places you can really see many of them.

The villages are inhabited by minority entertainers and their families and they seem to enjoy performing but you will see it’s their home and you’re intruding around meal times.

The Wa hair dance and the minority Bamboo Stick Dance (I think it’s the Li but I am not sure) were the highlight of the shows.
Written June 10, 2020
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FaizalP61
Sungai Buloh, Malaysia996 contributions
A large park with 26 separate minority villages with traditional houses and community member performing songs, making local products and other activities. A full day is needed to see all the villages but a half day is also good. It is about 10km to walk to all village. There are options of renting bicycle or pedal car or buggy, but not all spots are easily accessible other than on foot. Important to get a map at the ticket counter and then check the signboard at the entrance for the time of the shows. Mark the times on the map and then work out a suitable route to maximise seeing the shows. There are many souvenir shops at the entrance/exit - but also some items available at the specific villages. Food or tea is available at some villages. Halal food is available at the Hui Village. There is some beautiful wood carving available at the Bulong Village. Take an umbrella with you if there is a chance of rain.
Written January 11, 2020
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JDome
Las Vegas, NV42 contributions
I grew up in Kunming, and the Nationalities Village is what I would do if I only had one day in Kunming. Its located in the south part of the city about 10 min depending where you at. There's over 50 ethnic groups in china and Yunnan has over 20 groups that resides in the province. You can get English translators to go with you on a private tour, not the best English but you will get by. Golf cart rental to take you to each village and see the culture of all of the ethnic groups. Take pictures with costumes, elephants, and see musical shows within the village. Go there, you won't regret it. Stone Forrest would be my number 2 place to go if you have more time 2 hour drive from Kunming.
Written January 8, 2010
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kinkybinky
amsterdam22 contributions
This park is located in the city of Kunming somewhere southwest of the city, near the lake of Dianchi. To enter the park you need to pay an entrance fee. I thought it was around RMB 70 (sorry forget the amount since everything was arranged by chinese tour operator)

This park gives visitors a overview of all the culture of the ethnic minorities that are living in province Yunnan.
The park is very beautifull and you can see the house and main cultural building of each minority.
There is only one problem, though it is a great spot for shooting pictures, it is too artificial. One cannot escape the feeling that you can also see this in real and thus wasting your time in this park.
Unless you have time to spare, and really dying for some time killing in Yunnan or Kunming, skip this place and spend your money somewhere else.
Written January 9, 2006
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vinerlies
Washington DC, DC2,237 contributions
Couples
The different types of nationalities are all well spread out in this big area.
The village is too big, however , they are places for one to sit and rest. I love the shelters which has grown trees surrounding and as roof top protection. feeling 15 degrees once walked in.
In certain areas, where groups of old local folks occuyping the whole are for private function : lunch, singing , playing cards , dancing ... .they seem to know how to enjoy life at this age.

By the way, I just come across this place do not collect entrance fees from senior citizen above 60 years (in some place the privilege extend to China Citizen only, some place offer 50% discount), as long as you show identity document to prove your age.
Bravo !
Written June 27, 2015
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smiley n
194 contributions
After reading the reviews of trip advisor, we decided to just spend 2 to 3 hours max . We drove to the village and arrived at 11am. We wished now that we had been there when the gates are opened 1st thing in the morning .

We went in by the east gate and it was like " just shopping street". ( we were in lijiang a few days before so the shopping scene was highly similar to Gucheng)

We realized later that we need to purchase tickets into the park .

RMB 90/ person . ( more than worth it)

At the ticket booth , there was a line up of guides dressed in traditional costumes . Cost an extra RMB100 for a 3 hour guide.
( Again worth it, because the explanation makes a difference . And maybe the guide we chose was more profession than we expected ) There are English speaking guides too.

In the village , there were 26 minority's villages as well as various performance.l at different areas. So we concentrated the first 3 hours on the guided tour of half of the villages .( not possible for the guide to complete all in 3 hours. That's understandable ) Then we went free and easy to see the rest of the minority villages and catch up with all the performance . There are so many of the minority tribes that it was and endless "Wow". The weather was perfect too. Best still, no crowd on the weekday .

The performance I enjoyed the most . The songs, the dance and the participation . The staff in traditional costumes seems obliged to smile and take pictures on request. Even those taking a rest on the grass , will happily tidy themselves and take a snapshot with us. Really untypical of many Chinese attractions that we have been to. :)

We didn't have enough time at the end to catch all performance and soak in fully the atmosphere . That's why we regretted arriving late.

It's a " Disneyland " the Yunnan way.

For those visiting, I feel that this should be a first stop to get a full view about the different minority's groups, before exploring the rest of Yunnan. We did this as a last stop in Yunnan. Not done our homework .

We ended the day by visiting "Dynamic Yunnan". Beautiful show to compliment the days event. With this days event, we now feel our Yunnan trip is more complete.
( Also, thanks to the guide, we paid RMB180/ person, and got seats next to the RMB260 seats. Paid her half at the village and paid the remaining at the ticket counter at Dynamic Yunnan. This is at another location . Please see my review on Dynamic Yunnan)

Enjoy
Written May 4, 2015
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NatashaLau
London48 contributions
Friends
I actually thought this Minorities Village was very insightful and informative. Make sure you pick up a free map as you first enter the village. You aren't automatically given one, I just saw other people taking one so also went to take one. Without the may I can image navigating around the complex to be very confusing as the area is huge. We spent 3 hours there and didn't cover everything. Hated seeing the elephant chained to the spot all day being fed tonnes of food by visitors. There is also an elephant show which we didn't go to see but I can assume the elephants aren't treated much better there, very sad. Some of the villages have small 20min performances of minority singing/dancing but the timings were really bad, it was impossible to move from one to the other easily. Lots of walking to be done. Really lovely display of the richness of ethnic minority culture around Yunnan. Lots of shops/food outside the complex as well as a few inside too, not sure of price as we didn't buy anything.
Written October 1, 2018
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John L
Vancouver, Canada27 contributions
Solo
I went to see this on my own on my first day in Yunnan. I discovered that parks are free for seniors in China, so bring ID. I was lost half the time, the map is hard to follow, but I stumbled into lots of interesting communities with their unique dress, lifestyles and architecture. These model communities were dwarfed by commercial buildings. The inhabitants were mostly bored, kind of like animals in a zoo. As I traveled, I recalled some of the names. It would be good to go through again after having traveled to several areas represented here. Three hours was enough and left time to get a taxi to Dragon Gate and hike up to get the view of the city.
Written November 22, 2017
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Carey H
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia91 contributions
Family
I think its better than Stone Forest, here you got to see all kind of minority's of Yunnan. Very huge and its takes hours if you want to see all. Each village is very close to each other. They have performance at certain hours, just make sure you got the leaflet provided at entrance. Worth a visit!
Written August 13, 2015
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CV K
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia116 contributions
Business
This village is just 30 minutes by taxi (metered fare is about RMB 30) from the city center. This is a must visit to catch a glimpse and introduction to the varied nationalities in China. The village offers a great show and interesting time. It is better to get there early so you can plan your tour round the village and catch the interesting song and dance of the various nationalities. These are scheduled at different times of the day and a little planning would enable you to catch most of the shows.

The park is large. Better to be prepared with good walking shoes. There are bicycles or buggies for rent, although I must say it is rather pricey if you plan on a full day's rental.

Written June 27, 2015
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