Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County,Lincang
Brief : Geographically, Cangyun County situates near the tropic of Cancer, so its climate is very pleasant. It is one of the most famous typical regions of “Awa Mounts” in Yunnan. More than 20 minority groups, among which Wa people takes up the largest proportion of the population, have lived in Cangyun all their lives.
Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County,Lincang
Located in the southwest region of Yunnan, lying among the misty Awa Mounts, Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County has long been well-known as “A mystical Place” ever since ancient times. The County, under the direct administration of Lincang City, sits on the Lancang River, with Burma as her closest neighbor on the west, and is over 800 km away from Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. Geographically, Cangyun County situates near the tropic of Cancer, so its climate is very pleasant. It is one of the most famous typical regions of “Awa Mounts” in Yunnan. More than 20 minority groups, among which Wa people takes up the largest proportion of the population, have lived in Cangyun all their lives. What is more interesting is that 14 minority groups have been inhabiting in the area beyond the border between China and Burma, which makes the ethnic culture and customs even more diverse and colorful.
Lincang City has become the center of China Wa Culture in Yunnan Province due to the large proportion of population Wa people takes up. And with a population of 160 thousand Wa people, Cangyun County naturally becomes the core of Wa Culture in Yunnan. Because of its speciality of geographical location and its ethnic diversity, Cangyun is also regarded as a center where multicultural religions can be found. It’s really amazing that many activities of some world-famous religions can be found here, which is quite impossible in many other resorts at home and abroad.
The anti-British War broke out in 1930s in Banhong shocked the people all over the world. Wa people here still observe some of the primitive customs and tradition of the old tribe society and this makes it even more fantastic and appealing to pay a visit to. Because of its great value in history, ethnic and human research, Cangyun has earned a cool name “ Living Fossil of Man’s History”, a name given by historians, ethnologists, anthropologists and archaeologists. If you want to know how well man and nature get on with each other, how people with different ethnic background live harmoniously with one another and how different beliefs and religions develop compatibly together, better come to Cangyun, it is a piece of wonderland hiding in the remote mountains, eagerly expecting to be explored.
The sturdy and vigorous “Wooden Drum Dance” and “Hair-swinging Dance” are the two unique dances of Wa people and have been widely known by people throughout the world. Because of the “Hair-swinging Dance”, Wa people has gained the title of “the nationality whose hair can dance”. Here, you can inspect the mysterious ancient cliff paintings and watch the grand sacrifice ceremony of “Cattle-slaughtering” and “Wood-dragging Drum Dance”, which is unique only to Wa people. There are also quite a few scenic spots and historical sites looking forward to meeting our guests from afar, some of which are state reserved. They are Guanyun Buddism Temple, Nangun River Nature Reserve, Banhong Anti-British Battle Monument and the High Tower standing on the borderline in Banlao village.
Another wonderful scenic spot is the Stone Buddha Cave, which is just a few kilometers away from the Ancient Cliff Paintings. Some historic sites of the Paleolithic Period and the the Neolithic Period are well reserved and protected, and there are also some very old wild tea trees, which witnessed the whole history of Wa people, standing proudly among the Awa mounts. One of the most outstanding sites----the Primitive Tribe Site in Wengding, which has been developed by Yunnan Travel Bureau, has attracted thousands of tourists from all over the world ever since it was opened. Wa people’s mysterious, diverse and fascinating culture and its unique ethnic customs are seldom seen elsewhere in the whole world. Some of the natural and cultural resources are still remained to be exploited and developed. Welcome to join us!
All the friends from the whole globe, welcome to Cangyun! Welcome to experience the real life of Awa people! Awashan (Awa Mount) is a place full of mysteries and excitements, once you step into Awashan, you are sure to experience the feeling of being in a xanadu. Why hesitate to enjoy all these together with Awa people！