Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


The Dengchuan Plain 邓川坝子

The Dengchuan Plain 邓川坝子

The Dengchuan Plain 邓川坝子, north of Dali's Erhai Lake 洱海, has with West Lake 西湖 and the Miju River corridor 弥苴河 some beautiful, if hardly known, scenic areas. It's natural scenery, however, is man-made, the result of more than a thousand years of cultivation and water-management projects that have transformed a swamp and marshland into the current cultural environment.



Jim Goodman: Xishuangbanna

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For most of its history Xishuangbanna existed as an autonomous state on the remote southern periphery of China, run by the same Dai family since the 12th century. Lying in the tropical zone, on the northern rim of Southeast Asia, with flora and fauna not only unlike the rest of China, but even unique in Yunnan province, it has had close ethnic and cultural relations with its neighbors in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. The valleys are home to the Dai nationality, while several ethnic minorities inhabit the hills. Xishuangbanna: the Tropics of Yunnan narrates the history and development of the Dai people, their culture, society and religion, from ancient times through the period of incorporation into the Chinese state. It also covers the characteristics of the lifestyle, culture and celebrations of the peoples of the mountains, as well as the economic and political changes of recent times and their effects on both hill and plain.

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Followers of Jianchuan Azhali Buddhism perform a candle dance in Shaxi.


A well-preserved Bai merchant town with perhaps the best examples of Bai traditional architecture.



Fog swirling on a cold winter morning over endless rice-terraces, the red of the early morning sun reflected in the flooded paddies: this is the classic view of the Hani Rice Terraces of Yuanyang, now of UNESCO World Heritage status.


Jim Goodman: Living in Shangrila

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Abstract: 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.


Raw pork skin, together with raw pork meat and sometimes even raw pork liver are traditional delicacies in Dali.



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

Markets this Sunday

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

Dali 大理
Jiuzhou 旧州
Huangping 黄平镇
Sanying 三营
Eryuan 洱源县
Shuixie 水泄
Yunlong 云龙县
Xintun 辛屯
Songgui 松桂
Changxin 长新
Binchuan 宾川县
Beitou 北头
Liantie 炼铁
Lawu 拉乌
Gonglang 公郎镇
Pingpo 平坡
Jianchuan 剑川县

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Hongyan 红岩
Yongsheng 永胜县
Banqiao 板桥

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

Honghe 红河
Pingbian 屏边苗族自治县
Laomeng 老勐
Diema 垤玛
Mengzi 蒙自县
Majie 马街
Liangdi 浪堤
Jiayin 甲寅
Azhahe 阿扎河
Lvchun 绿春县
Chake 岔科
Niujie 牛街镇
Xinjie 新街
Shaochong 哨冲镇
Nanke 南科
Baohua 宝华
Mengqiao 勐桥乡
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Yongning 永宁乡
Luoen 洛恩

Wenshan 文山
Pingzhai 平寨乡
Guangnan 广南县
Babao 八宝镇
Pingyuan 平远
Zhesang 者桑乡
Nanping (Majie) 南屏镇 (马街)
Banggu 蚌谷乡
Muyang 木央镇

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

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

Lincang 临沧
Menglai 勐来乡
Fengqing 凤庆县
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡

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

Nujiang 怒江
Liuku 六库
Tongdian 通甸

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

Diqing 迪庆
Jiagetu 价格土