Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Black Well, White Gold

Black Well, White Gold
Heijing is a small town in the northern Chuxiong mountains. Salt once made Heijing one of Yunnan's richest towns. Now its architectural splendours are being rediscovered.


Jim Goodman: Living in Shangrila

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When Diqing Prefecture, opened its doors to foreign visitors in 1992, tourist agencies and government officials promoted Zhongdian County as the Shangrila of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. In 2001 the city officially changed its name to Shangrila. On a high plateau of over 3200 meters, surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks, inhabited mainly by relatively prosperous, friendly and contented Tibetans, with beautiful monasteries, lakes, forests and summer flowers, the county’s scenery and lifestyle certainly bore a strong resemblance to that in the novel. Living in Shangrila describes the life and environment of the Tibetan people throughout Diqing Prefecture. It also examines their neighbors the Mosuo, a branch of the Naxi nationality, who adopted Tibetan Buddhism as their religion, but are still mainly a matrilineal society, unique to Yunnan, living around Lugu Lake, the most picturesque body of water in the province. The book includes over 200 photographs.

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Art of Yabajie

Art of Yabajie
The Mute God or Yaba 哑巴 ceremonies in Xiangyun county have evolved into an elaborate Gesamtkunstwerk with dance, body ornamentation, sculpture and painting involving the entire Yi village. Compared to a few years ago, the imagery has taken on a much more sexualized character, maybe reflecting a need to create ever more outlandish 'traditional' festivals.


Fog swirling on a cold winter morning over endless rice-terraces, the red of the early morning sun reflected in the flooded paddies: this is the classic view of the Hani Rice Terraces of Yuanyang, now of UNESCO World Heritage status.

Markets this Thursday

Dali 大理
Dali 大理
Niujie 牛街
Zhongjiang 中江
Caicun 才村
Wase 挖色
Daying 大营
Biaocun 表村
Maidi 脉地
Qiaohou 乔后
Fengyi 凤仪
Yongjian 永连
Yangcen 羊岑

Lijiang 丽江
Judian 巨甸镇

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Xiding 西定哈尼族乡

Dehong 德宏
Lianghe 梁河县
Kachang 卡场镇

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Heping 和平乡
Baixian 白显
Sancun 三村
Dianwei 甸尾乡
Daheigong 大黑公
Wuwan 乌弯
Mengping 勐坪

Wenshan 文山
Mugan 木杆
Zhulin 珠琳镇
Shuanglongying 双龙营乡
Lida 里达镇
Zhujie 朱街镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dongpo 东坡傣族乡
Guanglu 光路镇
Xiaoju 小苴
Tanhua 昙花乡
Sanchahe 三岔河乡
Jiyi 己衣乡

Lincang 临沧
Yongde 永德县
Guoda 郭大彝族白族乡
Danjia 单甲乡
Fuhe 复合
Mengdui 孟堆乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Hexi 河西
Xingmeng 兴蒙

Diqing 迪庆
Weideng 维登

Puer 普洱
Mangxin 芒信镇
Qiannuo 千糯
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县

Nujiang 怒江
Dimaluo
Jiakedi 架科底乡
Pihe 匹河怒族乡
Fugong 福贡