Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Raid on Cikou Church

Western missionaries were not always welcome in Yunnan. And when in 1867 they opened a mission in the upper Mekong valley, on the gates of Tibet, they incurred the wrath of Tibet's rulers.


Jim Goodman: The Terrace Builders

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The rice terraces of the Ailao Mountains in southern Yunnan province, China, are some of the oldest terraced farms in Asia. First mentioned in Tang Dynasty records, these farms, 80% of which are irrigated, with water running through them all year round, have been in continuous use for over a thousand years. In 2013 UNESCO declared the heartland of this area a World Heritage Site. The Terrace Builders is a detailed account of how these farms are made and used, the cities and mountains of Honghe Prefecture and the far north of Vietnam, as well as the various ethnic minorities who live there. The book pays special attention to the Hani people, the largest ethnic group in the area, and includes summaries of the culture and clothing of their neighbors the Yi, Miao, Yao, Zhuang and Dai. The book includes 300 photos of the land and its people.

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Zhang Ruilong 张瑞龙, 7th generation generation Jiama master, demonstrates the art of making "Jiama" 甲马, woodcut prints used in rituals.


A pretty lake area south of Eryuan.


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.


A clan temple on the slopes of a burial hill near Xizhou.



Best surviving station on the French-built Vietnam-Kunming railway.

Markets this Tuesday

Kunming 昆明
Tuanjie 团结
Banqiao 板桥乡

Dali 大理
Junhua 均化
Duomei 朵美
Fuheng 富恒
Yongping 永平县
Fengyu 风羽
Liandong 炼洞
Niujie 牛街
Baofeng 宝丰乡
Guanping 关平
Qinghua 清华
Liuhe 六合
Binju 宾居
Madeng 马镫
Heqing 鹤庆县
Shuijing 水井

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Caoba 草坝镇
Nafa 那发
Mingjiu 鸣鹫镇
Wantang 湾塘乡
Jiache 架车
Dayangjie 大羊街
Zhongzhai 中寨

Wenshan 文山
Puyang 普阳
Jiayi 稼依镇
Banlun 板仑乡
Shupi 树皮彝族乡
Xichou 西畴县

Chuxiong 楚雄
Gaoqiao 高桥镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Mixing 弥兴镇

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

Lincang 临沧
Menglai 勐来乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Mosha 漠沙镇
Dalongtan 大龙潭

Nujiang 怒江
Gudeng 古登
Bingzhongluo 丙中洛
Lishadi 利沙底乡

Puer 普洱
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县
Mengsuo 勐梭镇

Diqing 迪庆
Zhonglu 中路