Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


1875: Death of a British Diplomat

After Britain's 1852 annexation of lower Burma lucrative trade with China through its back-door seemed more than a distant possibility. But after a successful first mission up the Irrawaddy and into Yunnan in 1868, the second British mission six years later ended in tragedy.


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.

Guided Tours

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Xizhou Town 喜州镇

Xizhou Town 喜州镇
History has left its marks on this hometown of many wealthy Bai merchants.


Unspoiled Weishan boast Yunnan's most beautiful county town, an important Taoist mountain and areas of strong Muslim and Yi tradition.

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Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Longtou 龙头街
Kedu 柯渡镇

Dali 大理
Dacang 大仓镇
Wanqiao 湾桥
Wase 挖色
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Shanglan 上兰
Zhouguanying 周官营
Dianzhong 甸中
Weishan 巍山彝族回族自治县
Fengyi 凤仪
Shaba 沙坝
Shunbi 順濞
Zhongying 种英

Honghe 红河
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Mengla 勐拉
Zhicun 芷村镇
Yongning 永宁乡
Baiyun 白云乡
Hongtian 红田
Maandi 马鞍底
Tutai 土台

Wenshan 文山
Donggan 董干镇
Nijiao 腻脚彝族乡
Shadou 沙斗
Jiumo 旧莫乡
Tienpeng 田蓬镇
Jijie 鸡街乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Maojie 猫街镇
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Banhong 班洪乡
Mengding 孟定
Lushi 鲁史
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区

Puer 普洱
Mengma 孟马镇
Kangping 康平乡
Nuofu 糯福

Nujiang 怒江
Lazan 腊咱
Lumadeng 鹿马登乡
Fugong 福贡