Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

The Old Salt Roads in Yunnan

The Old Salt Roads in Yunnan

The Tea Horse Road 茶马古道 into Tibet has become a romantic moniker for Yunnan, but economically more important were the old salt roads. 

Jim Goodman: Xishuangbanna: The Tropics of Yunnan

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For most of its history Xishuangbanna existed as an autonomous state on the remote southern periphery of China, run by the same Dai family since the 12th century. Lying in the tropical zone, on the northern rim of Southeast Asia, with flora and fauna not only unlike the rest of China, but even unique in Yunnan province, it has had close ethnic and cultural relations with its neighbors in Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. The valleys are home to the Dai nationality, while several ethnic minorities inhabit the hills. Xishuangbanna: the Tropics of Yunnan narrates the history and development of the Dai people, their culture, society and religion, from ancient times through the period of incorporation into the Chinese state. It also covers the characteristics of the lifestyle, culture and celebrations of the peoples of the mountains, as well as the economic and political changes of recent times and their effects on both hill and plain.

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Followers of Jianchuan Azhali Buddhism perform a candle dance in Shaxi.

Biggest festival in the Dali region, once Bai New Year.

A pretty lake area south of Eryuan.

Liao Yiwu: God is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China

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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.

The turn of the Yangzi made Chinese civilization possible and was the location of many important battles.

Markets this Sunday

Kunming 昆明
Zhuanlong 转龙镇
Tuanjie 团结
Xundian 寻甸回族彝族自治县

Dali 大理
Junhua 均化
Duomei 朵美
Jiuzhou 旧州
Sanying 三营
Eryuan 洱源县
Yunlong 云龙县
Changxin 长新
Beitou 北头
Liantie 炼铁
Binchuan 宾川县
Liuhe 六合
Lawu 拉乌
Heqing 鹤庆县
Pingpo 平坡
Jianchuan 剑川县

Lijiang 丽江
Hongyan 红岩

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Menghun 勐混
Mengman 勐满拉祜族哈尼族布朗族镇

Dehong 德宏
Kachang 卡场镇
Lianghe 梁河县

Honghe 红河
Pingbian 屏边苗族自治县
Shengcun 生村
Diema 垤玛
Laomeng 老勐
Mengzi 蒙自县
Sancun 三村
Jiayin 甲寅
Wuwan 乌弯
Liangdi 浪堤
Chake 岔科
Azhahe 阿扎河
Daheigong 大黑公
Mengping 勐坪
Baohua 宝华
Yongning 永宁乡
Luoen 洛恩

Wenshan 文山
Guangnan 广南县
Zhujie 朱街镇
Lida 里达镇
Zhulin 珠琳镇
Shuanglongying 双龙营乡
Mugan 木杆
Babao 八宝镇
Pingyuan 平远
Zhesang 者桑乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dayao 大姚县
Nanhua 南华县
Bailu 白路
Mixing 弥兴镇
Guanglu 光路镇
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Mangbang 芒棒
Wafang 瓦房彝族白族乡

Lincang 临沧
Yongde 永德县
Danjia 单甲乡
Fuhe 复合
Mengdui 孟堆乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

Nujiang 怒江
Liuku 六库
Tongdian 通甸

Puer 普洱
Lancang 澜沧拉祜族自治县
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Mangxin 芒信镇
Qiannuo 千糯

Diqing 迪庆
Zhonglu 中路