One of the indigenous ethnic groups of Yunnan Province and with a population of 35,000, the Achang minority people mainly inhabit the Longchuan, Lianghe andLuxi counties of Yunnan’s Dehong Prefecture. Most of the Achang minority people believe in ghosts and gods, andworship a kind of primitive religion inherited from their ancestors, while someAchang people in a number of Yunnanareas also worship the Hinayana or Little Vehicle Buddhism. Descendants of the Diqiang Tribe, ancestorsof the Achang people migrated to the NujiangRiver reaches in Northwest Yunnan in the 2nd century. Part of them settled down in the Husa Basinof the present-day Longchuan County in the 13thcentury, and the rest built their homes in Lianghe area in later times. The skillful blacksmiths of the Achangminority group are good at forging the reputed “Husa knives” in many shapesincluding swords, daggers and the Tibetan knives. Thanks to their refined workmanship and topquality, the Husa knives have been selling well since historical times not onlyin Yunnan, but also in the Chinese SichuanProvince and the Tibetan AutonomousRegion, as well as in Myanmarand many more Asian countries.
Typicalbuildings of the Achang people feature compound-style architectures. With blue tiles, brick walls and stonecolumns, such buildings have harmoniously blended with the adjacentarchitectures such as village gates and handicraft workshops.