Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Protecting Erhai: The Seven Big Activities

When in April 2017 guesthouses and restaurants around western Yunnan's Erhai Lake were suddenly summarily ordered closed until further notice, big character slogans also began proclaiming: "Protecting Erhai: The Seven Big Activities" 保护洱海七大行动. The slogan suggests that the closure of tourist facilities is just one part of a wider campaign to clean up the Erhai environment.


John Israel: Lianda

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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.

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Weishan town has the best preserved collection of Qing architecture in all of Yunnan province, including a recently restored complex including a Temple for the Yellow Emperor 玉皇阁.


Fei Hsiao-Tung and Chang Chih-I: Earthbound China

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Fei is the father of modern sociology in China: western-trained, he came to Yunnan at the end of the 1930s when China's eastern universities relocated west. In "Earthbound China" he applied modern empirical techniques that he had pioneered around Shanghai to the Chinese hinterland. The economical development, and subsequent societal changes, of three un-named, but typical villages in Yunnan is analyzed in great detail in this fascinating study.

Markets this Tuesday

Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡

Dali 大理
Fuheng 富恒
Yongping 永平县
Fengyu 风羽
Huangping 黄平镇
Longjie 龙街
Liandong 炼洞
Haidong 海东
Shanyang 衫阳
Songgui 松桂
Xintun 辛屯
Longjie 龙街
Baofeng 宝丰乡
Guanping 关平
Yinqiao 银桥
Madeng 马镫
Binju 宾居
Shuijing 水井

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇

Honghe 红河
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Caoba 草坝镇
Wantang 湾塘乡
Mingjiu 鸣鹫镇
Dixibei 地西北
Sankeshu 三棵树
Dayangjie 大羊街

Wenshan 文山
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Jiayi 稼依镇
Banlun 板仑乡
Xinzhai 新寨乡
Boai 剥隘镇
Dongma 董马乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Gaoqiao 高桥镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Shizhong 适中乡

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Mengding 孟定
Banhong 班洪乡
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡
Yalian 亚练乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Jiucheng 旧城
Weixin 威信
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Tadian 塔甸
Mosha 漠沙镇
Jiasa 戛洒镇

Diqing 迪庆
Shangjiang 上江

Nujiang 怒江
Lishadi 利沙底乡
Gudeng 古登
Bingzhongluo 丙中洛

Puer 普洱
Nuofu 糯福
Baozang 宝藏乡
Mengma 孟马镇