Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Early Maps of Yunnan

The history of maps in Yunnan began more than a thousand years ago. But it was the Jesuits who revolutionised mapping in China, producing the first accurate maps of the provinces, including remote Yunnan.


C. Patterson Giersch: Asian Borderlands

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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.

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


A spectacularly narrow canyon high above the Jinsha River.


Liao Yiwu: God is Red

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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.


Unspoiled Weishan boast Yunnan's most beautiful county town, an important Taoist mountain and areas of strong Muslim and Yi tradition.

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡
Fazhe 法者镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tangdan 汤丹镇

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Junhua 均化
Duomei 朵美
Yongping 永平县
Longjie 龙街
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Paiying 排营
Shanyang 衫阳
Shijing 师井
Lijiao 力角
Longjie 龙街
Diannan 甸南
Liuhe 六合
Heqing 鹤庆县

Lijiang 丽江
Jiuhe 九河
Liming 黎明

Dehong 德宏
Kachang 卡场镇
Lianghe 梁河县

Honghe 红河
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Leyu 乐育
Wuwan 乌弯
Xinxian 新现乡
Sankeshu 三棵树
Daheigong 大黑公
Dixibei 地西北

Wenshan 文山
Matang 马塘镇
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Pingba 坪坝镇
Xinzhai 新寨乡
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Dongma 董马乡
Boai 剥隘镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dahekou 大河口乡
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树
Mixing 弥兴镇

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

Lincang 临沧
Yongde 永德县
Danjia 单甲乡
Fengqing 凤庆县
Yalian 亚练乡
Fuhe 复合
Mengdui 孟堆乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Mosha 漠沙镇
Jiasa 戛洒镇
Tadian 塔甸
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西

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

Puer 普洱
Mangxin 芒信镇
Qiannuo 千糯

Diqing 迪庆
Xiaoweixi 小维西
Kaifaqu 开发区