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“drives you want to go see the real villages”

Yunnan Nationalities VillageBenzilam
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1-Day Private Tour of Kunming Highlights including Dian Lake
Ranked #4 of 206 things to do in Kunming
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed July 29, 2013

best shows i have see in there is those urbane elephant , supose some minority dancing shows also ! peaceful white TAI temlpe , upright beside lake !

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

A very large park, with many "villages", each one representing a different minority.
Each village includes typical houses, tools, praying-houses etc..
There are many signs in English, with explanations.
Many times you encounter people dressed in traditional minority clothes, and - unlike in other places - they are friendly and ready to be photographed (not surprising, of course - that's their work...).
Of course it's not 100% authentic, and I also suspect that some of the "typical Bai/Mongols/Manchu etc." might actually be actors. But nevertheless I enjoyed my visit.
Tips:
- It's located in the western suburbs of Kunming.
- Personally I was in a hurry, but I heard that it's possible to combine the visit here with a visit to the "western hills" (there's supposed to be some cable car which connects the hills with the minority village).
- Don't eat at the restaurant in the Dai village - expensive food and rude staff.
- Try to catch one of the "musicals", with local dancers and traditional music. There is no clear schedule for these shows; I accidentally heard some music, went after it - and that's how I found out.

2  Thank yosef k
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

On May 13, 2013 5 of us visited Yunnan Nationalities Village and were quite impressed with how much we learned about the Chinese culture, especially about the minorities from various locations in China. There are real-life examples of living quarters,information about each people group, and vignettes of an aspect of what life is like in each area. We especially enjoyed the stage production at the end of the afternoon where each culture gave a performance complete with colorful costumes and beautiful music.
If you're a Senior citizen, show your ID and you get in free.

2  Thank BarbieMurphy
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Before you go into the minorities village, there is a shopping and eating street which you can buy local souvenirs and sample some of the local snacks.

The entrance fee to the village was 90 yuan and they insisted that I pay another 3 yuan for insurance (supposedly for the elephant show). The village is quite big and if you have a group of six or seven person, you should hire a tour guide and rent a buggy.

Wear comfortable walking shoes as the cobbled streets can be difficult to walk on.

4  Thank Anne C
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

I am an American living in China and can speak Chinese. I found this very interesting given that this province has so many different nationalities. The special performance with all 26 nationalities performing is translated into English, as are the signs at the villages. We had beautiful weather. It's in a gorgeous location with the mountains in the background. Overall a very pleasant day and visit.

3  Thank Pat P
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