Xishuangbanna is mostly dwelled by Tai people. A visit to Dai village is worthwhile. The Dai village is a simple place of wooden huts. The hut is in two floors, supporting with wooden poles. The first floor is used for cars, and poultry. The second floor includes living room, bedroom and kitchen etc.
It is said such building structure is to prevent snake from coming into the houses. Local government will provide subsidiary for building traditional Dai- style house in order to encourage people to hand down such customs from generation to generation.
The Dai Village surrounded by water on three sides is characterized by blue waves and green fields. It is shaped like a jade hairpin. Among the green sub-tropical trees and fresh flowers are "the bamboo houses on poles.”The houses are mainly made of bamboo, with leaves as the shelter covering their ceilings and walls.
All houses are lifted above the ground by strong bamboo lumbers. Its unique and laudable architecture is well-known far and near, mainly consisting of a White Pagoda, Residential House, a Craft House, a performing house for ethnic customs, a restaurant of local flavor and a Burmese Temple. In addition, there are some water splashing pavilions and wells enhancing the village complex. The small village is also famous for its warmhearted hospitality and good food. All kinds of ethnic cuisine can be tasted in several home-style restaurants.
The most unique cultural activities are associated with Dai minority and festivals. such as water-splashing festival, elephant food drum dance and Dai people wedding etc.
Dai village is the showcase of Xishuangbanna life and culture. You should not miss it if you want have an insight into local people’s life.
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