Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Early Maps of Yunnan

The history of maps in Yunnan began more than a thousand years ago. But it was the Jesuits who revolutionised mapping in China, producing the first accurate maps of the provinces, including remote Yunnan.


Brenda McLean: George Forrest, Plant Hunter

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George Forrest, perhaps the most successful plant collector of his time, left little written about his numerous journeys to Yunnan, so this well-illustrated book fills in much needed detail about his life.

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Followers of Jianchuan Azhali Buddhism perform a candle dance in Shaxi.


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


马健雄 (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.


The Yi in the southern part of Dali have a special Dance and Song Festival.



Fog swirling on a cold winter morning over endless rice-terraces, the red of the early morning sun reflected in the flooded paddies: this is the classic view of the Hani Rice Terraces of Yuanyang, now of UNESCO World Heritage status.

Markets this Sunday

Kunming 昆明
Zhuanlong 转龙镇
Jiulong 九龙乡
Xundian 寻甸回族彝族自治县

Dali 大理
Jiuzhou 旧州
Sanying 三营
Huangping 黄平镇
Wanqiao 湾桥
Longjie 龙街
Eryuan 洱源县
Yunlong 云龙县
Songgui 松桂
Changxin 长新
Xintun 辛屯
Lawu 拉乌
Longjie 龙街
Liantie 炼铁
Beitou 北头
Binchuan 宾川县
Jianchuan 剑川县
Pingpo 平坡

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Hongyan 红岩
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Menghun 勐混
Mengman 勐满拉祜族哈尼族布朗族镇

Honghe 红河
Pingbian 屏边苗族自治县
Niujie 牛街镇
Laomeng 老勐
Diema 垤玛
Mengzi 蒙自县
Dixibei 地西北
Jiayin 甲寅
Liangdi 浪堤
Azhahe 阿扎河
Sankeshu 三棵树
Chake 岔科
Shaochong 哨冲镇
Xinjie 新街
Yongning 永宁乡
Luoen 洛恩
Baohua 宝华

Wenshan 文山
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Guangnan 广南县
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Xinzhai 新寨乡
Babao 八宝镇
Pingyuan 平远
Zhesang 者桑乡
Boai 剥隘镇
Dongma 董马乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dayao 大姚县
Nanhua 南华县
Bailu 白路
Yaoan 姚安县
Guanglu 光路镇

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

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

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Yangjie 羊街乡
Dianzhong 甸中

Nujiang 怒江
Liuku 六库
Tongdian 通甸

Puer 普洱
Lancang 澜沧拉祜族自治县
Nuofu 糯福
Mengma 孟马镇

Diqing 迪庆
Jiagetu 价格土