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People of Northwest Yunnan

Northwest Yunnan is as diverse culturally as it is biologically, with 13 different ethnicities represented including Naxi, Yi, Tibetan, Mosuo and Bai.

The dominant ethnicity varies within the region, with Naxi being predominant around Lijiang, Tibetans more concentrated further north and Yi more heavily represented towards the east near the Sichuan border.

Much of the area's cultural diversity comes from its history as a major trade route between Tibet, Yunnan and Southeast Asia.  The old Tea and Horse Trail passes through Northwest Yunnan and provides an avenue for exploring the area's interesting past.

The rapid development and the growth of tourism in Northwest Yunnan is certain to influence the traditions of these minority cultures.  However, done appropriately, tourism can help strengthen the traditions and build the value of cultural heritage in these communities.

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This web site is a project of the Northwest Yunnan Ecotourism Association and has been developed to introduce you to unique ecotourism opportunities around Lijiang and beyond. By developing and promoting ecotourism in Northwest Yunnan, our goal is to support environmental protection, preserve the areas’ diverse cultural heritage and contribute to community development.  Read more about this project.

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