Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo

Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo
As villages go, Zhizuo could hardly be more remote. Some 70km from the county town, first along a winding mountain road, then on a deeply rutted track without public transport: even in the dry season it takes several hours and a bit of stamina to reach. Yet, at least on the first full moon of the year, the effort is worth it, as Zhizuo holds one of Yunnan's most colourful festivals, the Dress Competition Festival or Caizhuangjie 赛装节.


John Israel: Lianda

Cover Image
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.

Yunnan Tours

We can put you in contact with personally vetted, experienced tour guides, speaking Chinese, English, Dutch and German, for southwestern China. They can help you plan a trip matching your personal interests and requirements and accompany you on your trip. We just provide the introduction, we do not charge any commission or fees.
For enquiries email tours@yunnanexplorer.com.


Zhang Ruilong 张瑞龙, 7th generation generation Jiama master, demonstrates the art of making "Jiama" 甲马, woodcut prints used in rituals.


Best surviving station on the French-built Vietnam-Kunming railway.


Jim Goodman: The Akha

Cover Image
The Akha, in China known as the Aini branch of the Hani people, migrated from China southwards into Laos, Burma and Thailand. In this richly illustrated book J Goodman, aka 'Akha Jim', explains their life and culture.


A clan temple on the slopes of a burial hill near Xizhou.



The turn of the Yangzi made Chinese civilization possible and was the location of many important battles.

Markets this Tuesday

Kunming 昆明
Jijie 鸡街乡

Dali 大理
Fuheng 富恒
Yongping 永平县
Huangping 黄平镇
Fengyu 风羽
Liandong 炼洞
Songgui 松桂
Xintun 辛屯
Baofeng 宝丰乡
Guanping 关平
Binju 宾居
Dali 大理
Madeng 马镫
Shuijing 水井
Caicun 才村

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Shalatuo 沙拉托
Zhemi 者米拉祜族乡
Niujie 牛街镇
Caoba 草坝镇
Mingjiu 鸣鹫镇
Panzihua 攀枝花
Wantang 湾塘乡
Sancun 三村
Dayangjie 大羊街
Shaochong 哨冲镇
Tongchang 铜厂

Wenshan 文山
Tiechang 铁厂镇
Babu 八布乡
Jiayi 稼依镇
Zhuanjiao 篆角乡
Mulun 睦伦乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Gaoqiao 高桥镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡

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
Wumulong 乌木龙乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Mosha 漠沙镇
Yangjie 羊街乡
Dianzhong 甸中

Nujiang 怒江
Gudeng 古登
Bingzhongluo 丙中洛
Lishadi 利沙底乡

Puer 普洱
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县
Mengsuo 勐梭镇

Diqing 迪庆
Jiagetu 价格土