Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Into the Land of the Black Lisu

The Nujiang Canyon, on Yunnan's western frontier, was until the 1930s a blank area on the map that not even Chinese troops dared to enter. In 1905 two British explorers made the first foray into this land of the Black Lisu.


Liao Yiwu: God is Red

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Liao Yiwu, one of China's most prominent dissidents, was driven out of China, but not before he used a period of internal exile to research Christian groups, mainly in Yunnan. In this book he tells the stories of the Christians of Dali and of Wuding county.

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Diannan 滇南 has a long tradition of making children's toys. They have been recognized as part of Yunnan's Intangible Cultural Heritage.


A pretty lake area south of Eryuan.


C. Patterson Giersch: Asian Borderlands

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Yunnan was not always China: indeed not so long ago large parts of Yunnan were only nominally part of the empire. To make Yunnan, outside the main Han cities, a Chinese province required significant effort. Here Giersch's study on Yunnan's hinterland makes an interesting if academic read.


Unspoiled Weishan boast Yunnan's most beautiful county town, an important Taoist mountain and areas of strong Muslim and Yi tradition.

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Kunming 昆明
Jinsuo 金所乡

Dali 大理
Hecun 萂村
Shaxi 沙溪
Nanxin 南新
Dacang 大仓镇
Jiancao 捡槽
Caojian 漕间
Shuixie 水泄
Dianzhong 甸中
Gudi 古底
Pingchuan 平川
Wuxing 五星
Fengyi 凤仪
Weishan 巍山彝族回族自治县
Wase 挖色
Gonglang 公郎镇
Yousuo 右所镇
Yangbi 漾濞彝族自治县
Baidangping 白荡坪
Gunipen 沽泥盆

Honghe 红河
Nanke 南科
Xinhua 新华乡
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Lengdun 冷墩
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Majie 马街
Dongshan 东山镇
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Lvchun 绿春县
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
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Qianchang 前场镇
Jiuchang 九厂
Guihua 桂花乡

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

Lincang 临沧
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡
Menglai 勐来乡

Yuxi 玉溪
Fuliangpeng 富良棚

Nujiang 怒江
Chenggan 称杆
Daxingdi 大兴地乡
Zilijia 子里甲乡
Fugong 福贡

Puer 普洱
Kangping 康平乡
Minle 民乐
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县
Mengsuo 勐梭镇