Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

Lijiang - Twenty Years On

Jim Goodman, veteran researcher and writer on Yunnan and its people, has just republished his 1997 book "Children of the Jade Dragon: the Naxi and Yi of Northwest Yunnan". In its new preface he looks back at the changes the last twenty years have brought.

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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Every year on the first day of the second lunar month, the statues of the Benzhu are brought into Fengyu to "inspect" the old town.

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.

An unspoilt Tibetan area along the Zhibaluo River.

Markets this Wednesday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tuanjie 团结
Jijie 鸡街乡
Longtou 龙头街

Dali 大理
Junhua 均化
Duomei 朵美
Shunbi 順濞
Shanglan 上兰
Haidong 海东
Zhongying 种英
Shaba 沙坝
Zhouguanying 周官营
Liuhe 六合
Yinqiao 银桥
Heqing 鹤庆县

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Zhicun 芷村镇
Shalatuo 沙拉托
Zhemi 者米拉祜族乡
Panzihua 攀枝花
Tutai 土台
Tongchang 铜厂
Hongtian 红田
Yongning 永宁乡
Baiyun 白云乡

Wenshan 文山
Babu 八布乡
Tiechang 铁厂镇
Zhuanjiao 篆角乡
Banlun 板仑乡
Mulun 睦伦乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Maojie 猫街镇
Mixing 弥兴镇
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Zhonghe 中和
Bawan 坝湾镇
Mangkuan 芒宽彝族傣族乡

Lincang 临沧
Menglai 勐来乡
Wumulong 乌木龙乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Zhonglu 中路

Nujiang 怒江
Lazan 腊咱
Lumadeng 鹿马登乡

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