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.


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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Chuichuiqiang is an ancient form of folk opera, only preserved in Yunlong county, where it is performed during the New Year period. Here is the performance in 箐干坪 Qingganping village.


Judith Shapiro: Mao's War Against Nature

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Even if Chinese civilization has developed more against than with nature, the Mao years were a particular exercise in environmental destruction. In one case-study Shapiro tells the story of the draining of the northern part of Dianchi Lake, one of the first steps turning Kunming's lake into the fetid cess-pool it is today.


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

Markets this Thursday

Dali 大理
Daying 大营
Yangcen 羊岑
Huangping 黄平镇
Biaocun 表村
Niujie 牛街
Fengyi 凤仪
Maidi 脉地
Zhongjiang 中江
Yongjian 永连
Wase 挖色
Dali 大理
Qiaohou 乔后
Caicun 才村

Lijiang 丽江
Judian 巨甸镇

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Xiding 西定哈尼族乡

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Dianwei 甸尾乡
Heping 和平乡
Mengping 勐坪
Baixian 白显

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

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

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

Lincang 临沧
Luodang 洛党
Mangka 芒卡镇
Guoda 郭大彝族白族乡
Fengwei 风尾镇
Boshang 博商
Mengjiao 勐角乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Fuliangpeng 富良棚
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西

Diqing 迪庆
Weideng 维登

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

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