Lisu are mainly distributed in the Nu River area of Yunnan province with a population  about 635,000. Lisu language belongs to Yi branch, the Tibetan-Burmese group of the Chinese-Tibetan language family. No writing system preserved.

Lisu mainly engaged in agriculture and sidelined with hunting.

Traditional festivals: The knife pole festival, the New Year festival, harvest festival.

Traditional food: corn gruel, cooked fresh corn, fried cake, cereal wine and hemp seed tea.

Traditional songs and Dances: birds dance, Pipa dance, step dance.

Lisu worship of their ancestors and belief in animism and ghosts.


Lisu Museum is exact replica of traditional Lisu dwellings in the areas of lushui and fugong region, Yunnan province. The building components were made local by native craftsmen according to national customs and construction. All building materials including bamboo, flash tiles were shipped to Beijing for final construction. The museum was founded in 1999 and open to the public in September, 2001.

Lisu Museum consists of houses on stilts knife ladder, knife pole yard, elevated granary, elevated woodshed, sky-watching tree and etc. The museum is planned as a Lisu mountain village environment in Nu River area, Yunnan province. Vegetation and cultivation are also arranged according to the local ecological environment. The museum has construction area of 233 square meters, a knife pole yard of 310 square meters. They cover a ground area of 2050 square meters.

The indoor and outdoor display of the Lisu Museum is live settings of Lisu traditional production and lifestyle. The items presented were collected from Nu River area of Yunnan province. They cover a time span from the Qing Dynasty to modern times, about two hundred years of history.