Eggs sold in bundles, walls built of cobblestones, young girls called "old lady"...Yunnan's 18 oddities will be displayed in the form of sculpture from February 17 to March 4 in Guangzhou's Yuexiu Park (about Yuexiu Park).
During the spring festival holidays the 13th Guangzhou Garden Exposition will bring artistic gardens, public scenes, flower arrangements, fan art, calligraphy and flowers to the Guangzhou people. The "Yunnan Folk Cultural Exposition" will also be displayed for the first time in Guangzhou. Over 20 sculptures made of glass fiber reinforced plastics will stand in the garden and be immersed in trees.
(Translated by editor Jessie, Proofread by Kimberly Barteau)
18 Oddities in Yunnan
1. Eggs Sold in Bundles.
People in Longlin County of Baoshan area ties eggs vertically and horizontally up onto a bar with rice straw and sell these bars in the market.
2. Non-slanting Walls Built with Cobblestones.
People use local resources to build houses along river banks in the countryside. Cobblestones make walls neat and creates a unique local architecture.
3.Pies called "Ear Piece "
Ear piece is one of Yunnan's special -flavor foods. It is made of rice in the shape of thin pies. Apart from ear piece, rice noodle, flat rice noodle and so forth are local favorites. Ear piece can be boiled or fried and the famous specialty "Teng Chong Dajiu Jia" is actually stir-fried thick rice noodle.
4. Automobiles Move in Clouds
Roads wind up along colossal and precipitous mountains. Due to the fog that spreads all over the top of mountains one may feel as though they are actually on clouds in fairyland.
5. Young Girls called "Old Lady "
People in Xiaguan and Chuxiong call unmarried girls (normally from fourteen to eighteen years old) "old lady". It is said that such address embodies intimacy and goodwill to wish her good health which has become the local custom.
6. Key Hung on Waist -belts.
Dai women in southern Yunnan like wearing long skirts with silver belts from which they hang keys. It is a rule that only married women are allowed to hang keys from their belts. Tradition is that wearing a belt with keys shows one in capable of running the household.
7. Trains Go Abroad not Inland
There was a narrow railway of 464.2 kilometers long from Kunming to Hanoi in Vietnam at the end of Qing dynasty which was the first international railway in the province. It was constructed by the French during 1903 to 1910 and cost more than 50,000 lives. However, by then Yunnan didn’t even a domestic railway.
8. Straw Hats Used as Cooker Covers.
Hardworking and honest countrymen weave every day necessities shoes, fans, hats, baskets, cooker covers and so on with bamboo and paddy stems.
9. Girls Wear Flowers in all Seasons.
The weather is like “eternal spring" in most regions of Yunnan. As the capital of the province, Kunming city has a state of ecstasy as "the whole year is February and March while endless flowers and twigs always in season." Kunming is appropriately named "Spring City." Fresh flowers can be seen in any season and the floral industry is a main economic industry.
10. Raining Here but Sunshine There.
Yunnan possesses a plateau climate. Rain and wind come and go. A saying goes like this, "Weather varies within a circumference of ten lis (Li is a Chinese unit of half a kilometer) and winter comes once it rains." Even in the same area, one often sees rain here and sunshine in another place.
11. Green Vegetables Called Bitter Vegetables.
Green vegetables are grown in up southern part of the province. There is a kind of thin featherlike overlapping vegetable like vanilla. Its name comes from old customs but not from its taste.
12. Bamboo Used as Smoking Pipe.
Smoking bag is also called "Tobacco Tube" which is a typical local smoking utensil used mostly in Yunnan, Guizhou and Sichuan provinces. Its length is from a half to a whole meter while its diameter varies from five to ten centimeters. People put cut tobacco on the bamboo tube, the lower part of which in filled with water, and smoke. Gurgling sounds are heard when one smokes from the bamboo tube mouth.
People said brave and struggling "Dian Army" of the past days carried tobacco tubes on their backs to frontline to fight. The anti-Japanese armies mistook such smoking tools as a new type of weapon and were horrified. This is how the "Dian Army" won the name of "Army with Double Guns " .
13. Tea Leaves Sold in piles.
The Jinpo minority group in Luxi county of Dehong prefecture sells tea leaves by piles instead of using scales.
14. The Same Dress for Four Seasons.
The weather in most parts of Yunnan is always like that in spring and the alternation of seasons is not obvious. People often dress themselves without distinct seasonal characteristics.
15. Girls Hang Tobacco Bags
The Lisu minority girls have a habit of smoking and chewing tobacco. Most married and unmarried females hang tobacco bags on their waist belts. Women present bags to one another with respect on the occasion of union to show kindness and intimacy that gradually becomes a necessary entertainment to their guests.
16. Automobiles Move Faster than Trains.
The speed of train is much lower than that of automobiles on the narrow railways across certain precipitous relieves in Yunnan.
17. Toes Show Outside.
Some people from the mountainous areas wear straw shoes with holes all year round since the four seasons are mild.
18.Three Mosquitoes Make up a Dish
There are non poisonous mosquitoes with long legs in Yunnan .They look so big at the first glance that outsiders say "three mosquitoes make up a dish" for fun.