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.

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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A member of the Dongjing Association performing in a ritual for the Dragon King.

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.

Once an important salt-mining town, now the second largest town along the Heihui River north of Yangbi.

Markets this Monday

Dali 大理
Huangping 黄平镇
Songgui 松桂
Tuanjie 团结
Waxi 瓦溪
Xintun 辛屯
Jizushan 鸡足山
Baishi 白石
Misha 弥沙
Shaping 沙平村

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Niujie 牛街镇
Baihe 白河乡
Chemalong 车玛龙
Laozhai 老寨苗族乡
Puxiong 普雄
Mengping 勐坪
Shaochong 哨冲镇

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

Chuxiong 楚雄
Qianchang 前场镇
Chadian 插甸乡

Baoshan 保山市
Xiaopingtian 小平田
Tengchong 腾冲县
Wama 瓦马彝族白族乡

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

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Jiucheng 旧城
Weixin 威信
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Yangjie 羊街乡
Dianzhong 甸中

Diqing 迪庆
Zili 梓里
Jiagetu 价格土

Nujiang 怒江
Pengdang 捧当
Maji 马吉乡

Puer 普洱
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Yongping 永平镇