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.

A forrest fire burning on the eastern side of Erhai during the dry season in 2024.

Judith Shapiro: Mao's War Against Nature: Politics and the Environment in Revolutionary China

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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.

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John Israel: Lianda: A Chinese University in War and Revolution

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Everyone knows about the Mao's Long March, but a few years later another long march took place: that of Chinese students leaving their cushy campuses on the east coast, trekking all the way to Yunnan where their universities reformed as Lianda, the united university. Kunming, then a total backwater, became a hotbed for new ideas, not just scientific. We liked the section of east coast girls scampering around Mengzi in their latest fashion.

Hometown of many Bai merchants, Xizhou boast some impressive architecture.

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡
Fazhe 法者镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tangdan 汤丹镇

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Yongping 永平县
Lijiao 力角
Paiying 排营
Longjie 龙街
Fengyi 凤仪
Shijing 师井
Diannan 甸南
Yongjian 永连
Longjie 龙街
Wase 挖色
Huangping 黄平镇
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Zhongjiang 中江

Lijiang 丽江
Judian 巨甸镇
Jiuhe 九河

Dehong 德宏
Husa 户撒乡
Nangsong 曩宋阿昌族乡

Honghe 红河
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Leyu 乐育
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Xinxian 新现乡
Sankeshu 三棵树
Dixibei 地西北

Wenshan 文山
Matang 马塘镇
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Pingba 坪坝镇
Banlun 板仑乡
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Boai 剥隘镇
Dongma 董马乡
Xinzhai 新寨乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Xiaoju 小苴
Dahekou 大河口乡
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树

Baoshan 保山市
Manglong 芒龙

Lincang 临沧
Cangyuan 沧源佤族自治县
Guoda 郭大彝族白族乡
Yalian 亚练乡
Quannei 圈内
Shuangjiang 双江拉祜族佤族布朗族傣族自治县
Junsai 军赛乡
Zhenkang 镇康县

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuitian 水田
Linfeng 麟风

Yuxi 玉溪
Mosha 漠沙镇
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Fuliangpeng 富良棚
Hexi 河西

Nujiang 怒江
Hexi 河西
Puladi 普拉底乡
Laowo 老窝
Aludi 阿路底
Fugong 福贡

Puer 普洱
Fuyan 富岩

Diqing 迪庆
Xiaoweixi 小维西
Weideng 维登
Kaifaqu 开发区