Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Lijiang - Twenty Years On

Jim Goodman, veteran researcher and writer on Yunnan and its people, has just republished his 1997 book "Children of the Jade Dragon: the Naxi and Yi of Northwest Yunnan". In its new preface he looks back at the changes the last twenty years have brought.


Ronald G. Knapp: China's Old Dwellings

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Few people know as much about Chinese architecture as Knapp: from palaces to humble homes he explains important building principles; the connection between environment and housing styles and the development of style over time. A section on minority housing styles complements the book.

Guided Tours

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Bisezhai Station 碧色寨站

Bisezhai Station 碧色寨站
Bisezhai, near Mengzi, was once the second most important train station in Yunnan: passenger services between Kunming and Hanoi stopped here overnight and later a branch railway connected to the mines near Gejiu and Shiping. A fuel depot, ware-houses, accommodation for railway personnel, even a Greek-run guesthouse all developed around the station.


Best surviving station on the French-built Vietnam-Kunming railway.

Markets this Sunday

Kunming 昆明
Zhuanlong 转龙镇
Jijie 鸡街乡
Xundian 寻甸回族彝族自治县

Dali 大理
Jianchuan 剑川县
Dacang 大仓镇
Eryuan 洱源县
Sanying 三营
Lawu 拉乌
Wase 挖色
Pingpo 平坡
Binchuan 宾川县
Changxin 长新
Liantie 炼铁
Jiuzhou 旧州
Yunlong 云龙县
Weishan 巍山彝族回族自治县
Fengyi 凤仪
Dianzhong 甸中
Beitou 北头

Lijiang 丽江
Hongyan 红岩

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Mengman 勐满拉祜族哈尼族布朗族镇
Menghun 勐混

Honghe 红河
Pingbian 屏边苗族自治县
Panzihua 攀枝花
Shalatuo 沙拉托
Mengzi 蒙自县
Laomeng 老勐
Azhahe 阿扎河
Liangdi 浪堤
Diema 垤玛
Yongning 永宁乡
Jiayin 甲寅
Luoen 洛恩
Chake 岔科
Tongchang 铜厂
Baohua 宝华

Wenshan 文山
Funing 富宁县
Mulun 睦伦乡
Guangnan 广南县
Babu 八布乡
Zhesang 者桑乡
Jiumo 旧莫乡
Zhuanjiao 篆角乡
Babao 八宝镇
Pingyuan 平远
Tiechang 铁厂镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Bailu 白路
Guanglu 光路镇
Dayao 大姚县
Yaoan 姚安县
Nanhua 南华县

Baoshan 保山市
Mangkuan 芒宽彝族傣族乡
Zhonghe 中和
Bawan 坝湾镇

Lincang 临沧
Wumulong 乌木龙乡
Menglai 勐来乡
Fengqing 凤庆县

Nujiang 怒江
Fugong 福贡
Tongdian 通甸
Liuku 六库

Puer 普洱
Lancang 澜沧拉祜族自治县
Kangping 康平乡
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县
Mengsuo 勐梭镇