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by Yang Zhengkun


In the Kunming area there are various kinds of restaurants, such as the "Cross-Bridge Garden Restaurant" and the "Cross-Bridge Capital Restaurant" which serve Yunnan cuisine, and the "Happy Restaurant" and the "Seeking Dream Garden" on the roadside which serves coffee and desserts, and there are also seafood restaurants run by people from coastal areas.

Eight kilometers from Kunming on the highway between Kunming and the Stone Forest, a group of earthen dwellings have appeared, offering local food and aboriginal performances which attract many tourists.

Lisu minority costume
Human sculpture.
All the buildings are earthen. Climbing up the steps, there are huge group sculptures in the form of primitive totems, reminding people of ancient times. Stone-slab paths divide the earthen dwelling an aboriginal museum, aboriginal pottery workshops, a clay sculpture workshop, and an aboriginal wine tavern. Each earthen house looks mysterious but intimate.

Most of the exhibits in the aboriginal museum are sculptures, including clay sculptures and baked works of art. A group sculpture, called "Dongshi Meeting", shows the meeting of the chiefs of a tribe, and the expressions of the figures are ferocious. The "Woman and Horse" sculpture shows a horse made up of pottery fragments and parts of a human body. The sculpture is incomplete, but it can be recognized as a horse and a person. The two legs of the woman show the horse is galloping or maybe just relaxing. The sculpture is incomplete, but the artistic expression is exquisite.

The aboriginal wine tavern can seat 800 customers at a time, mainly serving the local foods of Honghe Prefecture in Yunnan Province. Pork, beef and mutton are roasted in pottery jars, with mushrooms, wild celery, and ferns collected from the mountains. Potatoes, pumpkins and other vegetables are green, golden yellow, brown, etc., and are all natural produce. The pottery jars, earthen bowls, just like they would have been in primitive society. The aboriginal performances given at the wine tavern ignite the audience's imagination. Tourists can also dance together with the "aboriginal dancers."





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