Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

Marco Polo in Yunnan?

Did the great Venetian traveller reach Yunnan? Almost certainly not, but still his accounts are the first words Europeans heard about this far-away region.

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.

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Diannan 滇南 has a long tradition of making children's toys. They have been recognized as part of Yunnan's Intangible Cultural Heritage.

A spectacularly narrow canyon high above the Jinsha River.

Jim Goodman: The Akha

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The Akha, in China known as the Aini branch of the Hani people, migrated from China southwards into Laos, Burma and Thailand. In this richly illustrated book J Goodman, aka 'Akha Jim', explains their life and culture.

Dali's dragon boat races were held on the day of the Torch Festival.

An unspoilt Tibetan area along the Zhibaluo River.

Markets this Tuesday

Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡

Dali 大理
Fuheng 富恒
Huangping 黄平镇
Yongping 永平县
Fengyu 风羽
Longjie 龙街
Liandong 炼洞
Guanping 关平
Longjie 龙街
Baofeng 宝丰乡
Zhongjiang 中江
Binju 宾居
Madeng 马镫
Shuijing 水井

Lijiang 丽江
Shunzhou 顺州

Honghe 红河
Caoba 草坝镇
Mingjiu 鸣鹫镇
Wantang 湾塘乡
Dixibei 地西北
Dayangjie 大羊街
Sankeshu 三棵树
Xinjie 新街
Longwu 龙武镇

Wenshan 文山
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Jiayi 稼依镇
Xinzhai 新寨乡
Dongma 董马乡
Boai 剥隘镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Gaoqiao 高桥镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Shizhong 适中乡

Baoshan 保山市
Xiaopingtian 小平田
Tengchong 腾冲县
Wama 瓦马彝族白族乡

Lincang 临沧
Mangka 芒卡镇
Fengqing 凤庆县
Fengwei 风尾镇
Boshang 博商
Yalian 亚练乡
Mengjiao 勐角乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Nanuo 那诺乡
Mosha 漠沙镇
Yuanjiang 元江哈尼族彝族傣族自治县
Yani 亚尼

Nujiang 怒江
Gudeng 古登
Bingzhongluo 丙中洛
Lishadi 利沙底乡

Puer 普洱
Yongping 永平镇
Meng'a 孟啊