Trip Start Sep 14, 2006
169Trip End ??? ??, 2007
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The Black Dragon Pool costs a whopping 60 yuan to enter, but has some of the most photogenic views in South West China. The photo everyone comes for is one with the pool itself, then the park's pagoda building and then the Yulong Xueshan (Jade Dragon Snow) mountain behind
In the park we came across a school teaching an old religion called Dongba. The religion and language that goes with it is threatened with extinction and the few teachers and students here are striving to keep it going. The 69 year old teacher we met only speaks Dongba (no Chinese at all) and what makes the written language unique is that it's the only one left to use pictograms and not letters or characters. I learnt the Donga pictograms for "Happy Birthday" and then shared some lunch with the students as it was around that time. The lunch and talk was free but I left a donation to show my appreciation.