The 130,000 Tibetans in Yunnan Province chiefly live in compact communities in Yunnan’s Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, whereas a small number of them scatter in Yulong, Gongshan, Yongsheng or Ninglang counties. Yunnan’s Tibetan minority group boasts abundant and colorful culture and uses its own spoken and written language. They worship the Tibetan Buddhism, deem white color the symbol of holiness, and their representative etiquette is presenting the guest with the hada, which is a piece of white silk used as a greeting gift. Major festivals of the Tibetan minority group include the Tibetan New Year, the Danba Rigu or the “summer outing day in the seventh Tibetan month”, the Angqu Festival and the Gedong Festival. Tibetan dances like the reba, guozhuang and xianzi are brimming with buoyancy and vitality of the highland people.
Occupying a 21-mu land patch, the Tibetan Village is consisted of houses with sloping roofs of Dazhongdian and Xiaozhongdian areas and the diaolou-style houses with flat roofs of Deqin area. The unique Tibetan houses serve to enrich and set off the magnificent Tibetan Buddhist lamaseries, the spectacular guest-greeting white pagoda and the white yak statue which symbolizes auspice and harmony.