February 4, 2009

Traditional "daypack" used by minority at Yuanyang, China

Locations: Xinjie, Yuanyang, Yunnan, China (23° 9'41.86"N 102°44'43.84"E)
Date: 21 May 2004; 9.30am

Camera: Canon 300D with kit lens

Yunnan has the most number of ethnic minorities in China, 25 in total. This is nearly half of all the ethnic minorities- 56- recognised in and by China. There are Miao, Hani, Yi, Naxi, Tibetan, Yao, Dai, just to mention a few. Most of the minorities still don their traditional costumes most of the time. One of the best place to people-watch is at the local market- it is one of the most fun thing to do in rural China. In smaller towns and villages, market day is only once a week. On that day villagers from nearby villages will converge at the market creating a real kaleidoscope of people and costumes. Most of them will carry rattan baskets- like that in the photo- to load up with produce and items bought from the market.

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