Introduction to Zhoucheng Town (州城镇)
Located in the Dali area of Yunnan, the most important feature of Zhoucheng is the main town has the largest percentage of Bai people in Dali.You can take a Dali Tour to this place.It will be a wonderful tour of China.With more than 8,000 Bai people inhabiting this village, Zhoucheng Village is the largest village in Dali where the Bai ethnic group lives, covering an area of 4,700 square metres.It is known as the home town of tie dyeing of the Bai ethnic group, is 23 kilometres away from the north of the Ancient City of Dali, and 38 kilometres away from Xiaguan town.
One of the most interesting things that you will see in Zhoucheng is the typical appearance of the houses there. All the houses in this area are made of a square-cut architectural design. Most of these houses are composed of several rooms, courtyards, and a “shining wall”.The compact slabstones, meandering spring water, buildings with black tiles and white walls, and architecture with stone walls, generate a sense of tranquility and simplicity in you all at once.
Tie Dyed Production
Tie-dyeing is an old Chinese textile dyeing technique. Nowadays this traditional technique is still popular in Zhoucheng Village, Dali City in Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture and some places in Weishan Yi and Hui autonomous county. The Zhoucheng Bai Nationality tie-dyeing technique is the most famous and the area was named 'the Land for National Tie-dye' by China Culture Administration.
The materials used are white pure cotton or white fabric of cotton and flax. The colorant of dyeing is indigo - blue extracted from dyeing -yielding herbs. The procedures include designing, painting, tying with thread, dip - dyeing, removing thread, poaching and trimming. Blue and dotted with white flowers, the cloth looks elegant and vivid. The patterns of the cloth are usually the ordinary flowers, birds, insects and fish.
The “shining wall” is said to be called this because of its ability to reflect outside light. These walls serve as the passage for light into the house. It is the wall situated in front of the house’s main room. It also connects the three main rooms in the house where the shining wall is the façade of the central room; thereby forming an inner courtyard for the house. Using lime, this wall has inscriptions on screens made out of marble.
Weddings of the Bai Ethnic Group
In the wedding of the Bai ethnic group, you can find the bride wearing dressed with elegant dressings, and red coronet with yellowish green fluffy balls on the head. A small mirror is hung around her neck to exorcise an evil spirit and show the couple has mutual affinity. In addition, it is a custom that a bride has to wear sunglasses to exorcise the demon.
1. Recommended duration for a visit is about half a day.
2. Don’t forget to witness the process of tie and dye, and if possible buy one of these beautifully crafted clothes.
3. It is not recommended to visit there during “May 1st” and “October 1st” these two golden vacation weeks. At that time, Guilin with suitable weather will meet a lot of tourists, so the hotel reservation and transportation will be in its climax, the price will be much higher than ordinary times.