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.


Ma Jianxiong: The Lahu Minority in Southwest China

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The Lahu, with a population of around 470,000, inhabit the mountainous country in Yunnan Province bordering on Burma, Laos and northern Thailand. Buddhists, with a long history of resistance to the Chinese Han majority, the Lahu are currently facing a serious collapse of their traditional social system, with the highest suicide rate in the world, large scale human trafficking of their women, alcoholism and poverty. This book, based on extensive original research including long-term anthropological research among the Lahu, provides an overview of the traditional way of life of the Lahu, their social system, culture and beliefs, and discusses the ways in which these are changing. It shows how the Lahu are especially vulnerable because of their lack of political representatives and a state educated elite which can engage with, and be part of, the government administrative system. The Lahu are one of many relatively small ethnic minorities in China – overall the book provides an example of how the Chinese government approaches these relatively small ethnic minorities.

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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.


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.


The Danxia, or red sandstore, cliffs around Liming are a hikers' and climbers' paradise that is just now being discovered.

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