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Ming Village Fortress (2)

Drama stage
The remains of the Jiangnan drama stage lie alongside Donghua Street (dōng huá jiē 东华街) in Yunshantun Tunpu (yún shān tún tún pǔ 云山屯屯堡). It is the widest point along the street. There used to be a couplet hanging on both sides of the stage which said, "People's lives are changeable, and everyone's life, no matter who you are, is like a drama."The stage is mainly for festive lantern operas, as well as for chuanju, or Chuan Opera (chuān jù 川剧). Locals often invite Chuan opera troupes to perform for a month or two in the village.

Tunpu museum

The Tunpu Museum (tún pǔ bó wù guǎn 屯堡博物馆) opened last May. It houses materials, pictures and items to teach visitors about traditional tunpu culture, including folk culture, clothes, food, architecture and tools.

DixiFolk art - Dixi (dì xì 地戏)
Dixi is a kind of open-air performance enjoyed by the Tunpu dwellers. Performers sing, recite, act and fight. Most of the popular operas are about historical stories set before Ming Dynasty (míng cháo 明朝), like wars between Chu (chǔ 楚) and Han (hàn 汉), the Three Kingdoms Period (sān guó shí qī 三国时期) and Fengshen Yanyi (fēng shén yǎn yì 封神演义), a Ming novel about the battle of celestial beings to seal away evil.

The masks used in Dixi are typical of folk art in central Guizhou (guì zhōu 贵州). Performers wear the masks on their foreheads, and dress in long gowns and battle skirts, with flags on their backs and weapons in their hands.

Dixi is considered a living fossil of Chinese opera, and has been performed in foreign countries including France, Spain and Japan. There are more than 300 Dixi troupes in Anshun (ān shùn 安顺).

Local Food of TunpuWhat to eat
The Tunpu boast a great assortment of truly traditional foods. People eat ciba (cí bā 糍粑) and baoguba (bāo gǔ bā 苞谷粑) made of sticky rice, their main staple. Non-staple foods include preserved ham, sausage, bloodcurd, dried, salty vegetables and dried fermented soybeans. All the foods are perfect for long-term storage.

The food traditions of the Tunpu originate from army cooking. Soldiers lived a turbulent life, and it was inconvenient for them to cook. Instead, they salted and smoked vegetables for storage.

Where to stay
There are no hostels in most of the tunpu. Your best bet is to live in Guiyang (guì yáng 贵阳), capital city of Guizhou, which is not far from the Tunpu. Guizhou Shengfeng Hotel (guì zhōu shèng fēng jiǔ diàn 贵州圣沣酒店) is a five-star hotel which will provide your comfortable room and satisfied service.