Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

A Republic Era Map of Dali

A Republic Era map shows the development of the Dali region over the last hundred years.

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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Depictions of Buddhist Hell in the Guanyin Temple 观音阁 in Zhoucheng 州城.

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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Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡

Dali 大理
Fuheng 富恒
Huangping 黄平镇
Yongping 永平县
Fengyu 风羽
Liandong 炼洞
Longjie 龙街
Fengyi 凤仪
Baofeng 宝丰乡
Guanping 关平
Longjie 龙街
Zhongjiang 中江
Wase 挖色
Binju 宾居
Madeng 马镫
Yongjian 永连
Shuijing 水井

Lijiang 丽江
Judian 巨甸镇

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
Xinzhai 新寨乡
Dongma 董马乡
Boai 剥隘镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Gaoqiao 高桥镇
Xiaoju 小苴
Dalongkou 大龙口乡

Baoshan 保山市
Xiaopingtian 小平田
Tengchong 腾冲县
Wama 瓦马彝族白族乡

Lincang 临沧
Luodang 洛党
Mangka 芒卡镇
Guoda 郭大彝族白族乡
Fengwei 风尾镇
Boshang 博商
Yalian 亚练乡
Mengjiao 勐角乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Fuliangpeng 富良棚
Mosha 漠沙镇
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西

Diqing 迪庆
Weideng 维登

Nujiang 怒江
Gudeng 古登
Lishadi 利沙底乡
Bingzhongluo 丙中洛
Fugong 福贡

Puer 普洱
Yongping 永平镇