Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Black Well, White Gold

Black Well, White Gold
Heijing is a small town in the northern Chuxiong mountains. Salt once made Heijing one of Yunnan's richest towns. Now its architectural splendours are being rediscovered.


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.

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Golden Light Temple 金光寺 sits on top of Baotaishan 宝台山 near the old Bonan caravan road 博南古道 in Yongping county.


Ma Jianxiong: The Lahu Minority in Southwest China

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The Lahu, with a population of around 470,000, inhabit the mountainous country in Yunnan Province bordering on Burma, Laos and northern Thailand. Buddhists, with a long history of resistance to the Chinese Han majority, the Lahu are currently facing a serious collapse of their traditional social system, with the highest suicide rate in the world, large scale human trafficking of their women, alcoholism and poverty. This book, based on extensive original research including long-term anthropological research among the Lahu, provides an overview of the traditional way of life of the Lahu, their social system, culture and beliefs, and discusses the ways in which these are changing. It shows how the Lahu are especially vulnerable because of their lack of political representatives and a state educated elite which can engage with, and be part of, the government administrative system. The Lahu are one of many relatively small ethnic minorities in China – overall the book provides an example of how the Chinese government approaches these relatively small ethnic minorities.


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

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Kedu 柯渡镇
Jinsuo 金所乡

Dali 大理
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Hecun 萂村
Nanxin 南新
Huangping 黄平镇
Shaxi 沙溪
Wanqiao 湾桥
Baidangping 白荡坪
Jiancao 捡槽
Caojian 漕间
Gudi 古底
Pingchuan 平川
Wuxing 五星
Zhongjiang 中江
Yousuo 右所镇
Yangbi 漾濞彝族自治县

Lijiang 丽江
Shunzhou 顺州

Dehong 德宏
Nangsong 曩宋阿昌族乡
Husa 户撒乡

Honghe 红河
Xinhua 新华乡
Mengla 勐拉
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Lengdun 冷墩
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Dongshan 东山镇
Maandi 马鞍底
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Longwu 龙武镇

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

Chuxiong 楚雄
Qianchang 前场镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Shizhong 适中乡
Jiuchang 九厂
Guihua 桂花乡

Baoshan 保山市
Manglong 芒龙

Lincang 临沧
Luodang 洛党
Cangyuan 沧源佤族自治县
Quannei 圈内
Lushi 鲁史
Zhenkang 镇康县
Junsai 军赛乡
Shuangjiang 双江拉祜族佤族布朗族傣族自治县

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Nanuo 那诺乡
Yani 亚尼
Yuanjiang 元江哈尼族彝族傣族自治县

Nujiang 怒江
Chenggan 称杆
Daxingdi 大兴地乡
Zilijia 子里甲乡

Puer 普洱
Fuyan 富岩