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.


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.

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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.


The old border crossing to Guizhou.


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.


This old caravan town on the Jinsha River is Yunnan's gateway to Tibet.

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Kedu 柯渡镇
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tangdan 汤丹镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Fazhe 法者镇

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Yongping 永平县
Huangping 黄平镇
Paiying 排营
Shanyang 衫阳
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Songgui 松桂
Shijing 师井
Lijiao 力角
Xintun 辛屯
Diannan 甸南

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Jiuhe 九河

Honghe 红河
Mengla 勐拉
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Leyu 乐育
Maandi 马鞍底
Xinxian 新现乡
Xinjie 新街

Wenshan 文山
Matang 马塘镇
Shadou 沙斗
Pingba 坪坝镇
Banlun 板仑乡
Nijiao 腻脚彝族乡
Donggan 董干镇
Tienpeng 田蓬镇
Jijie 鸡街乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Shizhong 适中乡
Dahekou 大河口乡
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Lushi 鲁史
Mengding 孟定
Banhong 班洪乡
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Jiucheng 旧城
Weixin 威信
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Jiasa 戛洒镇
Tadian 塔甸

Nujiang 怒江
Hexi 河西
Puladi 普拉底乡
Laowo 老窝
Aludi 阿路底

Puer 普洱
Nuofu 糯福
Baozang 宝藏乡
Mengma 孟马镇

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Shangjiang 上江
Xiaoweixi 小维西