Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

古镇: Death-knell for Yunnan's Historic Towns

In China even the 'old towns' are new. Under the 古镇, or ancient town, moniker old towns are razed and their population driven out to make space for sanitized versions of Chinese history that drive the tourist dollar.

Jim Goodman: Children of the Jade Dragon

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In the first half of the 1990s Lijiang had barely made its appearance on the Chinese tourism stage, even less so the then remote mountains of Ningland and Lugu Lake. Jim Goodman's account of the Naxi and the Yi draws back to a time where not everything was staged for mass tourism: an account of a lost world.

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In Dali, the Dragon Boat races unusually take place on the day of the Torch Festival, on the eastern side of Erhai.

Judith Shapiro: Mao's War Against Nature

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Even if Chinese civilization has developed more against than with nature, the Mao years were a particular exercise in environmental destruction. In one case-study Shapiro tells the story of the draining of the northern part of Dianchi Lake, one of the first steps turning Kunming's lake into the fetid cess-pool it is today.

Yunnan's only Shui-Township with stunning karst scenery.

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tangdan 汤丹镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Fazhe 法者镇

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Yongping 永平县
Dacang 大仓镇
Wanqiao 湾桥
Paiying 排营
Shuixie 水泄
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Fengyi 凤仪
Lijiao 力角
Dianzhong 甸中
Shijing 师井
Weishan 巍山彝族回族自治县
Diannan 甸南
Wase 挖色
Gonglang 公郎镇

Lijiang 丽江
Jiuhe 九河

Honghe 红河
Nanke 南科
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Leyu 乐育
Majie 马街
Lvchun 绿春县
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Xinxian 新现乡
Mengqiao 勐桥乡

Wenshan 文山
Pingzhai 平寨乡
Matang 马塘镇
Muyang 木央镇
Pingba 坪坝镇
Banggu 蚌谷乡
Nanping (Majie) 南屏镇 (马街)

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dahekou 大河口乡
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树

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
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡
Fengwei 风尾镇
Boshang 博商
Mengjiao 勐角乡

Yuxi 玉溪
Fuliangpeng 富良棚

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Xiaoweixi 小维西

Nujiang 怒江
Hexi 河西
Puladi 普拉底乡
Laowo 老窝
Aludi 阿路底
Fugong 福贡

Puer 普洱
Kangping 康平乡
Yongping 永平镇
Minle 民乐