China in My Eyes

50 years of continued friendship

Dai people

Almost all the Dai live in Yunnan Province. The 2010 census counted them at 1,261,311. There are two main branches of Dai, the Water Dai, who have a close affinity with the Thais, and the Han Dai, who are more or less identical with the Shan of Burma (Myanmar). The Dai were one of the main ethnic groups dominating the Nanzhao kingdom (seventh century to 902). They are the most populous of China’s Theravada Buddhist ethnic groups.

Statues of Young Dai Women

These statues of young Dai women are in Chinese style, but show the Dai following their own culture. For example, one of them carries a bowl on her head and a baby on her back. The interest of the picture is that it was taken (in October 2000) from Ruili, Yunnan Province, but the background in actually Myanmar, not China.

A Dai House near the Myanmar Border, Taken October 2000

A Dai House near the Myanmar Border, Taken October 2000

A Dai Buddhist Monk

A Dai Buddhist Monk

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Hani People

Yi People

Yao People