Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Watersplashing in Yongping

Watersplashing in Yongping
Ask for the Watersplashing Festival, or Poshuijie 泼水节, and everyone will tell you to go to Jinghong, capital of Yunnan's Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region: the 'biggest and best' Dai celebrations to mark their New Year are taking place there. And big it is. Thousands of Han Chinese and foreign tourist flock to Jinghong every year. Jinghong's Poshuijie certainly is big -- and very commercial. If big crowds and big events are your thing, go to Jinghong.


Fei Hsiao-Tung and Chang Chih-I: Earthbound China

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Fei is the father of modern sociology in China: western-trained, he came to Yunnan at the end of the 1930s when China's eastern universities relocated west. In "Earthbound China" he applied modern empirical techniques that he had pioneered around Shanghai to the Chinese hinterland. The economical development, and subsequent societal changes, of three un-named, but typical villages in Yunnan is analyzed in great detail in this fascinating study.

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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.


A history trading post on the upper reaches of the Yangzi.

Markets this Thursday

Kunming 昆明
Kedu 柯渡镇
Tuanjie 团结

Dali 大理
Heqing 鹤庆县
Niujie 牛街
Wanqiao 湾桥
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Duomei 朵美
Daying 大营
Biaocun 表村
Yangcen 羊岑
Qiaohou 乔后
Maidi 脉地

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Xiding 西定哈尼族乡

Honghe 红河
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Mengla 勐拉
Heping 和平乡
Baixian 白显
Dianwei 甸尾乡
Maandi 马鞍底

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

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

Baoshan 保山市
Xiaopingtian 小平田
Tengchong 腾冲县

Lincang 临沧
Mengjiao 勐角乡
Mangka 芒卡镇
Fengwei 风尾镇
Lushi 鲁史
Boshang 博商
Fengqing 凤庆县

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Diqing 迪庆
Zhonglu 中路

Puer 普洱
Yongping 永平镇

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