Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


1875: Death of a British Diplomat

After Britain's 1852 annexation of lower Burma lucrative trade with China through its back-door seemed more than a distant possibility. But after a successful first mission up the Irrawaddy and into Yunnan in 1868, the second British mission six years later ended in tragedy.



The archery competition is an integral part of the Dali Third Month Fair.


马健雄 (Ma Jianxiong): The Lahu Minority in Southwest China: A Response to Ethnic Marginalization on the Frontier

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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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This old caravan town on the Jinsha River is Yunnan's gateway to Tibet.


C. Patterson Giersch: Asian Borderlands: The Transformation of Qing China's Yunnan Frontier

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Yunnan was not always China: indeed not so long ago large parts of Yunnan were only nominally part of the empire. To make Yunnan, outside the main Han cities, a Chinese province required significant effort. Here Giersch's study on Yunnan's hinterland makes an interesting if academic read.


Central point of the activities of the third day of Raosanling.



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

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Tuanjie 团结
Jinsuo 金所乡

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

Honghe 红河
Xinhua 新华乡
Lengdun 冷墩
Sancun 三村
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Lvchun 绿春县
Dongshan 东山镇
Majie 马街
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Nanke 南科
Xinjie 新街
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
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
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Qianchang 前场镇
Mixing 弥兴镇
Jiuchang 九厂
Guihua 桂花乡

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

Lincang 临沧
Mangka 芒卡镇
Boshang 博商
Fengwei 风尾镇
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡
Mengjiao 勐角乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

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

Puer 普洱
Minle 民乐
Yongping 永平镇
Meng'a 孟啊

Diqing 迪庆
Zhonglu 中路