One of Yunnan’s unique aboriginal ethnic minorities, the Bulang minority has a population of over 90,000. The Bulang minority people mostly live in compact communities in mountainous or hilly areas in western Yunnan or along the lower reaches of the Lancang River in southern Yunnan, while many Bulang villages are built on the Chinese side along the Sino-Myanmese border.
For many generations, the Bulang people have been living peacefully with the Wa minority people, and it has been the tradition for people of those two minority groups to help and support one another. For those reasons, the Bulang Village in Yunnan Nationalities Village has been constructed by the Wa Village to form a composite village cluster. Densely planted with trees and other vegetation, the Bulang Village is consisted of architectures like the Village Gate, folk houses and the “Square of Ghosts and Gods”, which is the embodiment of Bulang people’s “nature-worshiping” concept. The Square of Ghosts and Gods with a Bulang totem pole erected in its center is the sacred site for the Bulang folks to offer sacrifices to their gods and pray for happiness, as well as the important place for gatherings at which the Bulang people sing, dance and showcase their folk customs.