Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Historic Dali

Founded in the Ming dynasty, in today's old Dali history is present, but sometimes hidden.



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.

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During the Ming dynasty terracotta figurines became popular funerary objects in Dali. These pictures are from the Dali Municipal Museum 大理市博物馆.


A spectacularly narrow canyon high above the Jinsha River.


Jim Goodman: Living in Shangrila

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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.

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Kunming 昆明
Tuanjie 团结

Dali 大理
Daying 大营
Yangcen 羊岑
Huangping 黄平镇
Niujie 牛街
Biaocun 表村
Shuixie 水泄
Maidi 脉地
Songgui 松桂
Xintun 辛屯
Gonglang 公郎镇
Qiaohou 乔后

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Xiding 西定哈尼族乡

Honghe 红河
Nanke 南科
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Sancun 三村
Dianwei 甸尾乡
Majie 马街
Heping 和平乡
Lvchun 绿春县
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Baixian 白显
Mengqiao 勐桥乡

Wenshan 文山
Pingzhai 平寨乡
Muyang 木央镇
Banggu 蚌谷乡
Nanping (Majie) 南屏镇 (马街)

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

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡
Mengding 孟定
Banhong 班洪乡
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Mosha 漠沙镇
Dalongtan 大龙潭

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

Puer 普洱
Nuofu 糯福
Jiahe 嘉禾乡
Mengma 孟马镇
Minle 民乐