Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


The Red Soil of Dongchuan

The Red Soil of Dongchuan
The Wumeng Mountains' bright red soil, the buckwheat's yellow and Yunnan's dramatic skies make the region around Dongchuan a paradise for photographers.


Jim Goodman: Living in Shangrila

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When Diqing Prefecture, opened its doors to foreign visitors in 1992, tourist agencies and government officials promoted Zhongdian County as the Shangrila of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. In 2001 the city officially changed its name to Shangrila. On a high plateau of over 3200 meters, surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks, inhabited mainly by relatively prosperous, friendly and contented Tibetans, with beautiful monasteries, lakes, forests and summer flowers, the county’s scenery and lifestyle certainly bore a strong resemblance to that in the novel. Living in Shangrila describes the life and environment of the Tibetan people throughout Diqing Prefecture. It also examines their neighbors the Mosuo, a branch of the Naxi nationality, who adopted Tibetan Buddhism as their religion, but are still mainly a matrilineal society, unique to Yunnan, living around Lugu Lake, the most picturesque body of water in the province. The book includes over 200 photographs.

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On the eastern side of Erhai, in Zhangyu village 长育, is one of the most beautiful Wenchang temples, with work by painter-sculptor Li Yunyi 李云义.


Historic village on the old Kunming-Dali road.


Liao Yiwu: God is Red

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Liao Yiwu, one of China's most prominent dissidents, was driven out of China, but not before he used a period of internal exile to research Christian groups, mainly in Yunnan. In this book he tells the stories of the Christians of Dali and of Wuding county.


Once an important salt-mining town, now the second largest town along the Heihui River north of Yangbi.

Markets this Wednesday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Kedu 柯渡镇
Longtou 龙头街

Dali 大理
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Huangping 黄平镇
Shunbi 順濞
Wanqiao 湾桥
Fengyi 凤仪
Zhongying 种英
Zhouguanying 周官营
Shaba 沙坝
Zhongjiang 中江
Yongjian 永连
Wase 挖色
Shanglan 上兰

Lijiang 丽江
Judian 巨甸镇

Honghe 红河
Zhicun 芷村镇
Mengla 勐拉
Tutai 土台
Maandi 马鞍底
Hongtian 红田
Xinjie 新街
Baiyun 白云乡
Yongning 永宁乡

Wenshan 文山
Shadou 沙斗
Donggan 董干镇
Nijiao 腻脚彝族乡
Tienpeng 田蓬镇
Jijie 鸡街乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Maojie 猫街镇
Xiaoju 小苴
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Guoda 郭大彝族白族乡
Lushi 鲁史
Fengqing 凤庆县
Mengding 孟定
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡
Banhong 班洪乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Fuliangpeng 富良棚
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西

Nujiang 怒江
Lazan 腊咱
Lumadeng 鹿马登乡
Fugong 福贡

Puer 普洱
Nuofu 糯福
Mengma 孟马镇

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Weideng 维登