Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Watersplashing in Yongping

Watersplashing in Yongping
Ask for the Watersplashing Festival, or Poshuijie 泼水节, and everyone will tell you to go to Jinghong, capital of Yunnan's Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region: the 'biggest and best' Dai celebrations to mark their New Year are taking place there. And big it is. Thousands of Han Chinese and foreign tourist flock to Jinghong every year. Jinghong's Poshuijie certainly is big -- and very commercial. If big crowds and big events are your thing, go to Jinghong.



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.


A number of Chinese historic texts covering life and politics in Yunnan have survived over the centuries. I have translated a few of them.

John Israel: Lianda: A Chinese University in War and Revolution

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Everyone knows about the Mao's Long March, but a few years later another long march took place: that of Chinese students leaving their cushy campuses on the east coast, trekking all the way to Yunnan where their universities reformed as Lianda, the united university. Kunming, then a total backwater, became a hotbed for new ideas, not just scientific. We liked the section of east coast girls scampering around Mengzi in their latest fashion.


A specific theatre performance style in Dali.



The old border crossing to Guizhou.

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Tuanjie 团结
Kedu 柯渡镇
Jinsuo 金所乡

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

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇

Dehong 德宏
Kachang 卡场镇
Lianghe 梁河县

Honghe 红河
Xinhua 新华乡
Mengla 勐拉
Lengdun 冷墩
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Dongshan 东山镇
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Wuwan 乌弯
Daheigong 大黑公
Xinjie 新街
Maandi 马鞍底

Wenshan 文山
Shadou 沙斗
Nijiao 腻脚彝族乡
Jijie 鸡街乡
Donggan 董干镇
Tienpeng 田蓬镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Xiaoju 小苴
Shizhong 适中乡
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Qianchang 前场镇
Jiuchang 九厂
Guihua 桂花乡

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
Lushi 鲁史
Mengdui 孟堆乡
Fuhe 复合

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Jiucheng 旧城
Weixin 威信
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

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

Puer 普洱
Mangxin 芒信镇
Qiannuo 千糯
Jiahe 嘉禾乡