With a population of 310,000, Naxi nationality are mainly distributed in the Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County of Yunnan Province. The Naxi language belongs to the Yi branch, the Tibetan-Burmese group of the Chinese-Tibetan language family. The Naxi has to script system, namely, the Dongba is pictographic characters called whilst the syllabic Geba characters called. The Chinese is now a common language.
Naxi mainly engaged in agriculture and animal husbandry. They grow rice, corn, potatoes, wheat, beans, cotton and flax.
Naxi nationality is descent of ancient Qiang tribe live in the northwest of China in the third Century A.D. These people migrated to Lijiang region and settled down. They gradually formed the existing ethnic group Naxi. Naxi is originally nomads. Their religion has been deeply influenced by Hinduism and Burma. Nowadays there is another branch called Mosuo.
Traditional festivals: the Haipo Gatherings, the Sanduo Festival, the Bangbang Festival, the March Festival.
Traditional songs and dances : ahali, ohmaida, ohrere, Dongba dance.
Traditional food: glutinous rice cake, bean jelly, rice mixture sausage, plum wine, stewed pork with soybean shoots.
Religion: Dongba Religion (Natural worship)


Naxi Museum in is exact replica of traditional dwellings of Naxi Autonomous County, Yunnan province. The building work was carried on in Beijing by Naxi craftsmen according to the national customs and traditional construction technology. The area consists of three wells, courtyard, Square Street Plaza, Kegong building, Dongba palace, stone arch bridge and pier. The bridge and stream connected the buildings. The dwellings, streets, shops and streams make up a complete natural landscape and humanistic view of Naxi community in Lijiang city.
The Naxi museum has building area of 1,710.53 square meters that covers an ground area of 2,750 square meters. The museum was built in 1999 and open to the public in November 2001.
The indoor and outdoor displays of Naxi museum are life settings of traditional production, lifestyle of Naxi. The exhibits are collected from Lijiang, Naxi Autonomous County of Yunnan Province. They cover a time span from the Qing Dynasty (1616-1911) to modern times, about three hundred years of history.