Yunnan Nationalities Village

Endowed with lofty hills, beautiful pools, exquisite traditional houses and rare plants, Yunnan Nationalities Village, aka Yunnan Ethnic Village, showcases the architectural styles, religious beliefs, and folk customs of 26 ethnic groups in exquisite detail. Backing on the Western Hill Forest Park and adjacent to Dianchi Lake, a pearl on Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, the village is 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) far from downtown Kunming. It covers an area of 84 hectares (208 acres), including 31 hectares (76 acres) of water area.

Guide Map of Yunnan Nationalities Village
Guide Map of Yunnan Nationalities Village

At the main gate hangs a plaque inscribed with five Chinese characters, Yun Nan Min Zu Cun, saying Yunnan Nationalities Village or Yunnan Ethnic Village. A logo of a flying golden phoenix is right below the plaque, symbolizing good wishes to the village. On the lawn near the gate is a group of white elephant statues, as it is a custom here to welcome distinguished guests with elephants.

Yunnan Nationalities Village
Beautiful Ladies in Yunnan Nationalities Village

After entering, the first site coming into view is the Dai Village. Occupying 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres), the village is surrounded with water on three sides. Bamboo houses built on stilts are shaded with trees and flowers. A meandering path paved with red sandstones leads to a sacred Burmese-style temple. The lofty white tower, exquisite pavilions and bridges are very impressive. As a nationality loving singing and dancing, Dai People are proud of their peacock dance and music played on cucurbit flutes, which perfectly match each other.

In the west of Harmony Square is the Yi Nationality village. It covers more than 3.4 hectares (8.4 acres). Since Yi People show respect to tigers, you can see a tiger rockery as well as a wall engraved with three tigers. A giant totem column is erected in the center of the magnificent Solar Calendar Square. Carved on the column are patterns of the sun, fire, tigers and the Eight Trigrams of ancient China. Around the column, there are ten black and white stone spheres facing different directions, symbolizing that life originates from the sun and the moon. The twelve lifelike carvings of Chinese zodiac animals on the peripheral add a lot of fun to the village. The distilleries, bullrings, and Mo Qiu, which is similar to a seesaw, represent authentic Yi culture.

As the largest village in this scenic spot, Bai Village is famous for its traditional dwellings which integrate Han People's architectural strengths with its own. The three white towers, built in a scale of 1:4 to reproduce the Three Pagodas in Dali, will definitely catch your eyes. The butterfly specimens on exhibition are also quite attractive and will remind visitors of the Butterfly Spring. If you get thirsty during the visit, you will have an opportunity to partake in a unique tea-related tradition of Bai Nationality, San Dao Cha, meaning being served with three cups of tea. The first cup is bitter, the second is sweet and the third mingles different tastes, reflecting Bai People’s philosophy. They think one should undergo hard times first and then seek a better life. After experiencing ups and downs, one will get various feelings about life.

Yunnan Nationalities Village
Attracting Dance by Local Ethnic Girls

Besides the three villages, there are other interesting spots worth viewing, such as Miao, Mosuo, Yao and Naxi Villages. Every village has its unique and mysterious culture, attracting many cultural explorers. There is also a Tea Culture View Garden inside the park, where you can learn something about Chinese tea culture.

In addition to visiting the various villages, you can enjoy some amusement activities, like the elephant show, water screen films, ethnic cabarets and the folk show The Call of the Plateau. Besides, if it happens to be a festival of the nationalities, such as the Water-Splashing Festival (April 13 to 16) of Dai People, Torch Festival (June 24 in the lunar calendar) of Yi People, the Tibetan New Year (January 1st in the Tibetan calendar) and so on, you can join the locals to learn about the customs and prepare for a lot of fun.


Shows timetable

Colorful Clouds A'chang Court 09:30-09:50, 11:30-11:50, 16:10-16:30
Daogan Square 10:10-10:30, 11:20-11:40, 17:00-17:20
Wa Village 10:30-10:50, 12:20-12:40, 16:00-16:20
Bai Village 10:30-10:50, 12:40-13:00, 17:00-17:20
Yi Village 10:40-11:00, 13:20-13:40, 16:10-16:30
Haini Village 10:50-11:10, 16:30-16:50
Dai Village 11:00-11:20, 15:50-16:10
Lahu Village 11:00-11:20, 16:30-16:50
Muosuo Village 11:30-11:50, 16:30-16:50
The Call of the Plateau Dianchi Stage 13:20-14:10
CNY 150 for a normal ticket and CNY 260 for a VIP ticket
Elephant Show Elephant Show Square Ride elephant and take pictures:
10:30-11:00, 13:00-13:30, 16:00-16:30
Elephant show:
11:00-11:30, 13:30-14:00, 16:30-17:00
Note: The time schedule is subject to changes due to weather conditions and other factors.


How to get to Yunnan Nationalities Village

Take bus line 24, 44, 73, 94, 135, 184, 233, A1, A4, A9, Tourist Line 1, or Tourist Line 2, and get off at Yunnan Minzucun (Yunnan Nationalities Village) station.

Transportation facilities within the tourist site

Quadricycle with 2 or 4 seats CNY 100/vehicle (three hours)
Balance bike CNY 80/hour
Electro car with 2 seats CNY 80/hour
Sightseeing mini-train CNY 30 per person
Sightseeing boat CNY 20 per person
13-seat battery car CNY 500/car (two hours)
7-seat battery car CNY 300/car (two hours)


Entrance Fee CNY 90;
Free for children no taller than 1.2 meters (3.9 feet).
Opening hours 9:00-18:00
Note: This tourist spot is open at night whenever there is a festival and the night ticket is comparatively cheaper.
Recommended visiting hours 3 to 5 hours

Nearby Attractions

 Dianchi Lake

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- Last updated on Aug. 10, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Yunnan Nationalities Village
Asked by Sonita from CAMBODIA | Sep. 07, 2019 10:55Reply
Working hours of cable car from Yunnan Nationalities Village to western hill?
And can we buy the ticket directly where the cable car is?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bryan from CANADA | Sep. 09, 2019 00:58

The cable car runs from 9:00 to 17:00 and you can buy the ticket on the spot.
Asked by David n from AUSTRALIA | Jun. 28, 2019 19:23Reply
The Call of the Plateau Dianchi Stage
what is this stage show?
can you show me some pictures please?thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Leila from USA | Jul. 01, 2019 00:02

It is the local folk show featuring dancing and singing. As I know, it is not allowed to post pictures.
Asked by Bran from JAPAN | Nov. 21, 2018 00:29Reply
Is there a direct link from or to West Hill <> Yunnan Nationalities Village?
through the cable car?
Where should I go first and where should do I need to spend more time?
Answers (1)
Answered by Freeman from FRANCE | Nov. 22, 2018 01:09

Yes, there is a cableway linking the West Will and the village. You can take the West Hill cable car to Haigeng Park. Then walk about 850 – 900 meters to the village.
Asked by Emiliano from ITALY | May. 31, 2018 04:04Reply
What is the time and price from Western hills to Yunnan village by taxi?
Thanks :)
Answers (1)
Answered by Henry from NETHERLANDS | Jun. 04, 2018 04:12

It’s about 1 hour and around CNY 50.
Asked by Emberley from CHINA | Feb. 15, 2018 05:58Reply
Is the Yunnan Nationalities Village open during spring festival, February 16?
Answers (1)
Answered by George | Feb. 15, 2018 19:18

yes, it is open as usual.
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