Dali 大理   & Dong Lian Hua 东莲花 Diaries


Dali City, formerly known as Tali, is the county-level seat of the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture in northwestern Yunnan, its former name Xiaguan.

South of Dali, on the way to the ancient town of Weishan (巍山), in Yunnan province, the bus passes by a few Muslim villages. The mosques’ green domes topped with a shiny crescent and star seem out-of-place in this part of the globe.

These villages were founded by Muslim soldiers from Central Asia sent to Yunnan by the first emperor of China’s Mongol dynasty of the Yuan(1271-1368).  During the Ming and Qing dynasties, they became involved in trade as caravan leaders on the Tea and Horse Road (茶马古道). The courtyards and mansions of village of Donglianhua (东莲花) shows how successful these Chinese Muslims traders were.



Images taken with Olympus OMD E-M10 and 12-40mm f:2,8 Zuiko lens

Tamron 15-30mm f:2,8 / 24-70mm f:2,8 / 70-200mm f:2,8 lenses