Don’t Bare Your Arms, Please

Xichang is the capital of the Da Liang Shan (Big Cool Mountain) Yi Minority Autonomous Prefecture. The Yi are one of China’s 55 ethnic minority groups, with communities primarily located in Sichuan and Yunnan Provinces.

On Friday afternoon Noel and I walked around the old city of Xichang, and ended up in a “park” along the “river”.  It was a gloriously warm afternoon so everyone was out. We also quickly discovered that it was a “hang-out” place for quite a few people dressed in their traditional garb.

This old woman was shocked to see Noel in her short-sleeved shirt (which meant bare arms!), and spent the next few minutes following us and grabbing Noel’s arms and chattering.

I couldn’t understand what she was saying, but I’m quite sure that she was giving Noel a good scolding.

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