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Houses of Bai People in Xizhou

The Houses of Bai people in Xizhou is located in the Xizhou Town 16 kilometers away from the Ancient City of Dali. Xizhou is not only a famous historic city, but also a typical commercial town for Bai people. It is one of the cradles of National capitalism of Bai people, and a famous hometown to overseas Chinese in Yunnan. So, you have to peruse Xizhou first if you really want to understand Dali and Bai people.

The Xizhou Town centralized on the Square Street. There are four big families living in the Town: Yan, Dong, Yang and Zhao. The houses of every family have their own features.
Outside the Xizhou Town grows two ancient vibrant elms, which are worshiped as "Trees with Geomantic Omen" by the locals. It is said that one elm is "yin" while the other is "yang". One grows new branches and leaves when the other shed leaves. This goes around year after year and the two elms get prosperous in turn. One produces fruits while the other never. There is also an old green tree in the village not very far to the northeast of the Town. Every time when the autumn comes, numerous snow-white bitterns rest in the tree, and this makes a unique view in Xizhou Town.

The Square Street is the center of Xizhou Town. It is a small square surrounded by shops. There in the square stands the recently-built Civilization Torii. Several ancient toriis erected in the square and were called Success Torii, which derived its name from the fact that villagers who had achieved success in the national examinations were privileged to engrave their names on the torii. It had been built after several scholars in the town had achieved success in the Ming Dynasty.
Xizhou Town is a administrative town now but it used to be a prosperous ancient city. Long before the Nanzhao Kingdom moved here and settled down by the Erhai Lake, it had been a place where the foremen of Bai people "Heman" gathered and lived. At that time it was called Dali City and had many inhabitants.