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Some Notes on a Visit to a ‘Mongolian’ Village in Yunnan, China

Some Notes on a Visit to a ‘Mongolian’ Village in Yunnan, China Inner Asia 1 (1999): 121–130 Reprinted 2008 © Global Oriental Ltd Some Notes on a Visit to a ‘Mongolian’ Village in Yunnan, China DAVID SNEATH Queen Elizabeth House Oxford, OX1 3LA, UK This article is not the result of a serious piece of anthropological fieldwork; it simply presents a few observations on a brief trip I made to the Mongolian district of Xingmeng in Yunnan province, China, in the summer of 1997, 1 but I hope it may be of some interest to those who are curious to know a little more about a tiny community of Mongolians living in one of the most southerly parts of China. Xingmeng is a small administrative district a few kilometres north of the urban centre of Tonghai, about 200 kilometres from the Vietnamese border. It lies some 1,800 metres above sea level on a plateau at the foot of Fenghuang Mountains, near to lake Qilu. 2 Rich, irrigated fields of tobacco and rice flourish in the hot, rainy, semitropical climate. The centre of the district is a large village FIGURE 1. The outskirts of Xingmeng village 09_Sneath.indd 121 30/6/08 11:21:18 DAVID SNEATH 122 of densely-packed mud-brick houses and winding alleyways 3 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Inner Asia Brill

Some Notes on a Visit to a ‘Mongolian’ Village in Yunnan, China

Inner Asia , Volume 1 (1): 121 – Jan 1, 1999

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© 1999 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1464-8172
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Inner Asia 1 (1999): 121–130 Reprinted 2008 © Global Oriental Ltd Some Notes on a Visit to a ‘Mongolian’ Village in Yunnan, China DAVID SNEATH Queen Elizabeth House Oxford, OX1 3LA, UK This article is not the result of a serious piece of anthropological fieldwork; it simply presents a few observations on a brief trip I made to the Mongolian district of Xingmeng in Yunnan province, China, in the summer of 1997, 1 but I hope it may be of some interest to those who are curious to know a little more about a tiny community of Mongolians living in one of the most southerly parts of China. Xingmeng is a small administrative district a few kilometres north of the urban centre of Tonghai, about 200 kilometres from the Vietnamese border. It lies some 1,800 metres above sea level on a plateau at the foot of Fenghuang Mountains, near to lake Qilu. 2 Rich, irrigated fields of tobacco and rice flourish in the hot, rainy, semitropical climate. The centre of the district is a large village FIGURE 1. The outskirts of Xingmeng village 09_Sneath.indd 121 30/6/08 11:21:18 DAVID SNEATH 122 of densely-packed mud-brick houses and winding alleyways 3

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Published: Jan 1, 1999

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