Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


On the Statelets between Nanzhao and the Dali Kingdom

After the demise of Nanzhao 南诏, the Buddhist kingdom that integrated the tribes of the Erhai region in the second half of the first millennium, local strongmen proclaimed a succession of short-lived statelets before Duan Siping 段思平 in 937 CE established the Dali Kingdom 大理国.



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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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.


A history trading post on the upper reaches of the Yangzi.

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Jinsuo 金所乡

Dali 大理
Hecun 萂村
Duomei 朵美
Junhua 均化
Shaxi 沙溪
Nanxin 南新
Wanqiao 湾桥
Jiancao 捡槽
Caojian 漕间
Shuixie 水泄
Gudi 古底
Pingchuan 平川
Wuxing 五星
Liuhe 六合
Gonglang 公郎镇
Heqing 鹤庆县
Yousuo 右所镇
Yangbi 漾濞彝族自治县
Gunipen 沽泥盆
Baidangping 白荡坪

Lijiang 丽江
Shunzhou 顺州

Honghe 红河
Nanke 南科
Xinhua 新华乡
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Lengdun 冷墩
Dongshan 东山镇
Majie 马街
Lvchun 绿春县
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Longwu 龙武镇
Mengqiao 勐桥乡

Wenshan 文山
Pingzhai 平寨乡
Muyang 木央镇
Banggu 蚌谷乡
Nanping (Majie) 南屏镇 (马街)

Chuxiong 楚雄
Qianchang 前场镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Mixing 弥兴镇
Jiuchang 九厂
Guihua 桂花乡

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Luodang 洛党
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡
Mengding 孟定
Banhong 班洪乡
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Nanuo 那诺乡
Yuanjiang 元江哈尼族彝族傣族自治县
Yani 亚尼

Nujiang 怒江
Chenggan 称杆
Daxingdi 大兴地乡
Zilijia 子里甲乡

Puer 普洱
Nuofu 糯福
Mengma 孟马镇
Minle 民乐