Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo

Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo
As villages go, Zhizuo could hardly be more remote. Some 70km from the county town, first along a winding mountain road, then on a deeply rutted track without public transport: even in the dry season it takes several hours and a bit of stamina to reach. Yet, at least on the first full moon of the year, the effort is worth it, as Zhizuo holds one of Yunnan's most colourful festivals, the Dress Competition Festival or Caizhuangjie 赛装节.


Brenda McLean: George Forrest, Plant Hunter

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George Forrest, perhaps the most successful plant collector of his time, left little written about his numerous journeys to Yunnan, so this well-illustrated book fills in much needed detail about his life.

Guided Tours

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Snow over Dali

Snow over Dali
Once a decade snow falls on the Dali plain, dusting not only the Cangshan mountains, but also the old city and its beautiful pagodas in white.


A pretty lake area south of Eryuan.

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Fazhe 法者镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Jiulong 九龙乡
Tangdan 汤丹镇

Dali 大理
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Songgui 松桂
Diannan 甸南
Xintun 辛屯
Longjie 龙街
Paiying 排营
Zhoucheng 州城
Lijiao 力角
Yongping 永平县
Shanyang 衫阳
Longjie 龙街

Lijiang 丽江
Jiuhe 九河
Shigu 石鼓镇

Honghe 红河
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Dixibei 地西北
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Xinxian 新现乡
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Leyu 乐育

Wenshan 文山
Boai 剥隘镇
Banlun 板仑乡
Matang 马塘镇
Pingba 坪坝镇
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Dongma 董马乡
Xinzhai 新寨乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树
Dahekou 大河口乡
Shizhong 适中乡

Baoshan 保山市
Tengchong 腾冲县
Xiaopingtian 小平田

Lincang 临沧
Mengjiao 勐角乡
Mangka 芒卡镇
Fengwei 风尾镇
Yalian 亚练乡
Boshang 博商

Zhaotong 昭通
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Shikan 石坎
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Jiasa 戛洒镇

Diqing 迪庆
Shangjiang 上江
Kaifaqu 开发区

Puer 普洱
Baozang 宝藏乡
Yongping 永平镇

Nujiang 怒江
Aludi 阿路底
Puladi 普拉底乡
Hexi 河西
Laowo 老窝