Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

Guandu Old Town

Guandu Old Town
With the Bird and Flower Market and the Muslim Quarter fallen, little remains of 'Lao Kunming', the characterful old town of former times. Now it is all high-rises, wide avenues, chain-shops. Everywhere? No, a small part of Kunming is holding out...

马健雄 (Ma Jianxiong): The Lahu Minority in Southwest China

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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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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.

Rattlestick Dance is a traditional dance of the Bai minority, specifically in Jianchuan county.

Best surviving station on the French-built Vietnam-Kunming railway.

Markets this Thursday

Kunming 昆明
Jijie 鸡街乡

Dali 大理
Yangcen 羊岑
Huangping 黄平镇
Niujie 牛街
Biaocun 表村
Fengyi 凤仪
Maidi 脉地
Zhongjiang 中江
Yongjian 永连
Wase 挖色
Qiaohou 乔后
Daying 大营

Lijiang 丽江
Judian 巨甸镇

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Xiding 西定哈尼族乡

Dehong 德宏
Husa 户撒乡
Nangsong 曩宋阿昌族乡

Honghe 红河
Shalatuo 沙拉托
Zhemi 者米拉祜族乡
Sancun 三村
Panzihua 攀枝花
Dianwei 甸尾乡
Heping 和平乡
Baixian 白显
Tongchang 铜厂

Wenshan 文山
Babu 八布乡
Tiechang 铁厂镇
Zhuanjiao 篆角乡
Mulun 睦伦乡
Funing 富宁县
Jiumo 旧莫乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Jiyi 己衣乡
Xiaoju 小苴
Dongpo 东坡傣族乡
Tanhua 昙花乡
Sanchahe 三岔河乡
Guanglu 光路镇

Baoshan 保山市
Manglong 芒龙

Lincang 临沧
Guoda 郭大彝族白族乡
Cangyuan 沧源佤族自治县
Zhenkang 镇康县
Wumulong 乌木龙乡
Junsai 军赛乡
Shuangjiang 双江拉祜族佤族布朗族傣族自治县
Quannei 圈内

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Mosha 漠沙镇
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西
Fuliangpeng 富良棚

Nujiang 怒江
Jiakedi 架科底乡
Fugong 福贡
Pihe 匹河怒族乡

Puer 普洱
Fuyan 富岩

Diqing 迪庆
Weideng 维登