Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Xu Xiake 徐霞客 in Dali

Xu Xiake (1586 - 1641) was China's first travel blogger. During the third lunar month in 1639 he travelled through Dali and recorded his experiences in his diary, posthumously published as 徐霞客游记. Is it still possible to retrace Xu's steps on the Dali plain?



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 spectacularly narrow canyon high above the Jinsha River.


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.


The Danxia, or red sandstore, cliffs around Liming are a hikers' and climbers' paradise that is just now being discovered.

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

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Hongyan 红岩

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

Dehong 德宏
Kachang 卡场镇
Lianghe 梁河县

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

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

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

Baoshan 保山市
Mangbang 芒棒
Wafang 瓦房彝族白族乡

Lincang 临沧
Yongde 永德县
Danjia 单甲乡
Fuhe 复合
Mengdui 孟堆乡
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Tadian 塔甸
Jiasa 戛洒镇

Nujiang 怒江
Liuku 六库
Tongdian 通甸

Puer 普洱
Lancang 澜沧拉祜族自治县
Mangxin 芒信镇
Baozang 宝藏乡
Qiannuo 千糯
Minle 民乐

Diqing 迪庆
Shangjiang 上江