Baisha Village frescoes of Baisha

Baisha Village Lijiang Yunnan
Baisha village is the ancient capital of the Naxi kingdom before the conquest of Kublai. Today, the village retains original charm. The cobbled streets and houses on the edges reflect the life of Naxi people at the time. You will be impressed by the invaluable Baisha frescoes, unique murals which combine Han Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism and Lamaism.

Capital of the Naxi Kingdom

A ten kilometers north of Lijiang, Baisha was the ancient capital of the Naxi kingdom.  This ethnic group was forced to cross the mountains to the south and, once done, they settled in the region of Lijiang. They erected a capital in Baisha, a small village that has hardly changed since the fall of the kingdom. Much of the village remains akin to the image of the ancient capital. Only a few houses have been converted into shops or galleries with the arrival of some tourists. Everything here is a reflection of the Naxi culture. There are the earliest forms of Naxi architecture, dating from the fourteenth century.

Baisha Frescoes

The fame of the village lies on its former importance in the Naxi kingdom. These frescoes will capture your attention at the first sight. The Dabaoji palace and Liuli pavilion exhibit frescoes of great beauty. The painters of these frescoes emphasized the unity of Buddhist religions Han, Tibetan and Lamaism in their works. This combination of different religions of China makes these murals quite unique. In addition to combining the three religions with Chinese and Tibetan inscriptions, some frescoes depict the lifestyles of the Naxi ethnic group. The social life of the Naxi people and their culture are illustrated in these works of art. It took 300 years to make this an exceptional art. The first paintings were done under the direction of tribal chief Wang Mu, at the beginning of the Ming Dynasty.

Dr.Ho in Baisha

Not far from the temples, it is possible to go to the doctor in the area, whose fame far beyond Yunnan. Dr.Ho or He Shixiu who is nearly 90 years old, is pleased to find a miracle cure based herbs of the region. Some think mid- sorcerer, half- charlatan and yet he has defeated his cancer with herbs found in the forests of Yunnan. This region is indeed known for its incredible virtues of plants. By using them, it would be possible to overcome simple ailments or even incurable diseases.

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