Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Kiss of Life for an Old Caravan Market

Until the middle of last century, Shaxi was a flourishing village on the caravan road to Tibet. The following decades made it a place that history forgot. Now Shaxi is undergoing an award-winning restoration.



Several old bridges still span the Longjiang River in Tengchong county.


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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Scenic karst mountain and lake area with local Yi culture.



With its well-preserved architecture and tranquil atmosphere, Weishan's capital is Yunnan's most beautiful county town.


Jim Goodman: The Terrace Builders: The Hani and their Neighbors in Yunnan's Ailao Mountains

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Abstract: 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.


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



A pretty lake area south of Eryuan.

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Jinsuo 金所乡

Dali 大理
Hecun 萂村
Nanxin 南新
Huangping 黄平镇
Gunipen 沽泥盆
Jiancao 捡槽
Wuxing 五星
Pingchuan 平川
Xintun 辛屯
Songgui 松桂
Gudi 古底
Yangbi 漾濞彝族自治县
Caojian 漕间
Baidangping 白荡坪
Shaxi 沙溪
Yousuo 右所镇

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Honghe 红河
Xinhua 新华乡
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Lengdun 冷墩
Dongshan 东山镇
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Mengping 勐坪
Shaochong 哨冲镇
Niujie 牛街镇

Wenshan 文山
Zhujie 朱街镇
Lida 里达镇
Mugan 木杆
Shuanglongying 双龙营乡
Zhulin 珠琳镇
Funing 富宁县

Chuxiong 楚雄
Qianchang 前场镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
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
Mengding 孟定
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡
Banhong 班洪乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Yangjie 羊街乡
Dianzhong 甸中

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

Diqing 迪庆
Jiagetu 价格土