Martin Yan's Hidden China

Exploring The Naxi Culture

Season 1, Episode 11 of 13

Visiting the picturesque old town of Shuhe, China's most ancient village and one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, Martin comes face to face with the gentle Naxi people and marvels at their peaceful existence. He visits a local family and helps make dinner, using common local ingredients such as blood sausage and wild mushrooms. To learn about the complex Naxi religion, Martin first attends a 'Wind Ceremony' upon a hillside. He then joins local priests in prayer on the banks of the Lijiang River, where they solicit a blessing from the water deity. As a reward for all his piety, Martin is invited to a 39-course Naxi banquet that lasts throughout the night. Martin's Cooking Tip: Tenderizing Beef.

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