Geography KS3: A child led introduction to Lijiang, Yunnan Province in China
A child led introduction to Lijiang in Yunnan Province, China. Wang Yuxi is a Naxi boy.
The Naxi are one of the 25 minority groups that live in Yunnan. They are ancient peoples, indigenous to this part of China.
Lijiang is situated in the shadow of the foothills of the Himalayas and its spectacular landscapes and ancient architecture are a magnet for tourists.
Wang Yuxi’s father is a driver for the many tourists, while his grandmother, who still wears traditional Naxi dress, does most of the work at home.
He takes his son on a tour of the locality. They fish for grass carp on the beautiful Lake Lashihai and take in views of the Yulong mountains, especially Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.
The area is famous for Chinese herbs used in traditional medicine and for tea.
They ride ponies along the ancient tea trail; the route runs into neighbouring Burma, Laos and Vietnam.
With his friend he runs through the ancient alleyways of the old town to get to a Naxi wedding on time.
This clip is from the series In My Shoes KS3.
Can be used during a module on China or work on rural issues.
Students could be asked to note down any aspect of Wang Yuxi’s life that is similar or different to their own.
They could also be asked to take notes on the tea trail and associated trade with neighbouring countries and regions.
Finally, students could be asked to draw out aspects of culture and tradition that still exist in the region.
This clip will be relevant for teaching Geography at Key Stage 3 in England and Northern Ireland, KS3 in Wales and 3rd Level in Scotland.