The video below is a short introduction to the Dongba script (东巴文), a primarily pictographic writing system used by the Naxi (纳西) people. Thought to have been created by Bon priests as a mnemonic device for reciting ritual texts and fables, the Dongba script may date back as early as the 7th century CE and has an inventory of over 2,000 characters. When the Chinese Communist Party came into power, the use of minority languages and indigenous scripts (such as Dongba) was strongly discouraged and thousands of Naxi manuscripts were destroyed during the decade-long Cultural Revolution (文化大革命). The script is slowly being revived in a bid to promote and preserve Naxi culture and Dongba pictographs can now be found adorning walls, signs and souvenirs in Lijiang and other Naxi towns.
You can learn more about this ancient script by visiting the Naxi Script Resource Centre website.