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 YUNNAN 18 ODDS
1.Eggs Sold in Bundles 10.Non-slanting Walls Built with Cobbles
2.Young Girls called "Old Lady"  11.Green Vegetables Called Bitter Vegetables
3.Pies called "Ear Piece"  12.Bamboo Used as Smoking Pipe
4.Automobies Move in Clouds 13.Tea Leaves Sold in pile
5.Key Hung on Waist -belts 14.The Same Dress for Four Seasons
6.Trains Go Abroad not Inland  15.Girls Hang Tobacco Bags
7.Straw Hats Used as Cooker Covers 16.Automobiles Move Faster than Trains
8.Raining Here but Sunning There 17.Toes Show Outside
9.Girls Wear Flowers in all Seasons  18.Three Mosquitoes Make up a Dish 

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  As a charming spot in motherland , Yunnan is so rich in natural resources to be reputed as "Animal Kingdom " , "Plant Kingdom" and "Non-ferrous Metal Kingdom ". Twenty-five kindhearted , hospitable and plain minority nationalities have been offered favourable living conditions by this vast red -soil highland . Its fasinating scenery , delightful climate and culture attract a large number of visitors from home and abroad . At present Yunnan has become a well known tourist city in China .

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Since ancient times , old generations has combined history and culture with their wisdom , diligence , honesty and bravery on this red -soil lan , no sooner has one fallen than another steps into the breach .

Yunnan is situated in high and mountainous border land with a varity of living surroundings and landshapes that gradually formed colourful customs and culture . As strangers know little about these customs , " the Eighteen odds " have been spread far and wide long before . However , the increasing communication and developing economy have made "the Eighteen odds " a past story . We collected and introduce them to you to let them detect and understand Yunnan minority customs , history and civilization so to arouse people to ardently love every and all mountains and waters of Yunnan .

 

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1.Eggs Sold in Bundles.
People in Longlin County of Baoshan area are used to tying egg vertically and horizontally up into a bar with rice straw and sell them in bars in the market.

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2.Young Girls called " Old Lady "
People in Xiaguan and Chuxiong call unmarried girls (normally from fourteen to eighteen years old )"old lady" . It is said that such address embodies intimacy and goodwill to wish her good health , which has become a customs .
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3.Pies called "Ear Piece "
Ear piece is one of Yunnan's special -flavor foods . It is made of rice in shape of thin pies . Apart from ear piece , rice noodle , flat rice noodle and so forth are local favorite non-staple food . It can be boiled or fried and the famous speciality "Teng Chong Dajiu Jia " actually is stir-fried thick rice noodle .
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  4.Automobies Move in Clouds
  Roads wind up along colossal and precipitous mountains . Fog spreads all over the top of mountains making one feel being placed upon clouds in fairyland .
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  5.Key Hung on Waist -belts .
The Dai women in southern Yunnan like wearing long skirts with silver belts on which keys are hung . It is a rule that only married women are allowed to hang keys . Because wearing a belt with keys shows one in capable of running the household .
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  6.Trains Go Abroad not Inland
There was a narrow railway of 464.2 kilometres long from Kunming to Hanoi in Vietnam at the end of Qing dynasty which was the first international railway in the province . It was constructed by the French from 1903 to 1910 and cost more than 50,000 people's valuable lives . However , by then Yunnan hadn't even a domestic railway .
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7.Straw Hats Used as Cooker Covers .
hardworking and honest countrymen weave every day necessities shoes , fans , hats , baskets , cooker covers and so on with bamboo and paddy stems .
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  8.Raining Here but Sunning There .
  Yunnan possesses a plateau climate like a changeable kid's face since rain and wind come and go without one knowing . A saying goes like this , " Weather varies within a circumference of ten lis (Li is a Chinese unit of half a kilometer ) and winter comes once it rains " . Even in the same area , one often sees rain here and sunshine in another place .
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9.Girls Wear Flowers in all Seasons .
The weather s like that of eternal spring " in most regions of Yunnan . As the capital of the province , kunming city has a state of ecstasy as " the whole year us February and March while endless flowers and twigs are at all times " , therefore , it is named as " Spring City " in China . Fresh flowers can be seen in any season and floral industry becomes a main economic industry here .
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  10.Non-slanting Walls Built with Cobbles .
People draw on local resources to build houses along river bands in the countryside . Cobbles as a building material makes wall neat and creates a unique local architecture .
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  • 11.Green Vegetables Called Bitter Vegetables .
    Green vegetables are grown in up southern part of the province that is a kind of thin featherlike overlapping vegetables like vanilla . Its name comes from old customs but not from its taste .

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  • 12.Bamboo Used as Smoking Pipe .
    Smoking bag is also called "Tobacco Tube " which is a typical local smoking utensil used mostly in Yunnan , Guizhou and Sichuan provinces . Its length is from a half to one meter while its diameter varies from five to ten centimeter. People put cut tobacco on the bamboo tube , the lower part of which in filled with water , and smoke . Gurgling sound is heard when one smokes from bamboo tube mouth .
    People said brave and struggling " Dian Army " of the past days carried tobacco tubes on their backs to frontline to fight fro anti-Japanese army mistook such smoking tools as a new type of weapons and were horrified , so "Dian Army " won the name of " Army with Double Guns " .

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  • 13.Tea Leaves Sold in piles .
    The Jinpo minority group in Luxi county of Dehong prefecture sell tea leaves by piles instead of using scales .

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  • 14.The Same Dress for Four Seasons .
    The weather in most part of Yunnan is always like that in spring and the alternation of seasons is not obvious . So people dress themselves without distinct seasonal characteristics .

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  • 15.Girls Hang Tobacco Bags
    The Lisu minority girls have a habit of smoking and chewing tobacco so that most married or unmarried females hang tobacco bags on their waist belts . They present bags to one another with respect on the occassion of union to show kindness and intimacy that gradually becomes a necessary entertainment to their guests .

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  • 16.Automobiles Move Faster than Trains .
    The speed of train is much lower than that of automobiles on the narrow railways across certain precipitous relieves in Yunnan .

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  • 17.Toes Show Outside .
    Some people from the mountainous areas wear straw shoes with holes all year round since the four seasons are mild .

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  • 18.Three Mosquitoes Make up a Dish
    There are non poisonous mosquitoes with long legs in Yunnan .They look so big at the first glance that outsiders say " three mosquitoes make up a dish " for fun .


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【 Related Tour Routes 】

Tour Code     Tour Program                
ECR0101  3-Day Tour Kunming  Eternal Spring City 
ECR0102  8-Day Tour  Kunming , ,Yunyang , Hehou, Vietman                        
ECR0103  7-Day Tour Kunming , Dali , Lijiang .
ECR0104  8-Day Tour Kunming , Ljiang , Dali , Baoshan , Manshi, Rui 
ECR0105  9-Day Tour Kunming , Dali , Lijiang, Deqen 
ECR0106  8-Day Tour Kunming , Xishuangbanna , Lijiang
ECR0107 17-Days Tour Yunnan-Tibet Land Adventure 
ECR0112  11-Day Trekking On Yunnan Highland 
ECR0115  08-Day Tour Kunming ,Dali Banna, Medical Investigation

ECR0116  09-Day Kunming ,Dali ,Baoshan , Tengchong , Manshi , Ruili
ECR0302  18-Day Bicycle Tour to Dali, Lijiang


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