Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo

Dancing under the Moonlight: the Costume Festival of Zhizuo
As villages go, Zhizuo could hardly be more remote. Some 70km from the county town, first along a winding mountain road, then on a deeply rutted track without public transport: even in the dry season it takes several hours and a bit of stamina to reach. Yet, at least on the first full moon of the year, the effort is worth it, as Zhizuo holds one of Yunnan's most colourful festivals, the Dress Competition Festival or Caizhuangjie 赛装节.

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.

Extremely beautiful Wenchang Temple, created in part by national level Intangible Cultural Heritage transmitter Li Yunyi.

With its well-preserved architecture and tranquil atmosphere, Weishan's capital is Yunnan's most beautiful county town.

Jim Goodman: Children of the Jade Dragon: the Naxi of Lijiang and their mountain neighbours the Yi

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In the first half of the 1990s Lijiang had barely made its appearance on the Chinese tourism stage, even less so the then remote mountains of Ningland and Lugu Lake. Jim Goodman's account of the Naxi and the Yi draws back to a time where not everything was staged for mass tourism: an account of a lost world.

The Yi in the southern part of Dali have a special Dance and Song Festival.

The Danxia, or red sandstore, cliffs around Liming are a hikers' and climbers' paradise that is just now being discovered.

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Jinsuo 金所乡
Jiulong 九龙乡

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

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Honghe 红河
Xinhua 新华乡
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Lengdun 冷墩
Dongshan 东山镇
Shitouzhai 石头寨
Sankeshu 三棵树
Dixibei 地西北
Shaochong 哨冲镇
Niujie 牛街镇
Xinjie 新街

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

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Qianchang 前场镇
Jiuchang 九厂
Guihua 桂花乡

Baoshan 保山市
Xinzhai 新寨
Hehua 荷花傣族佤族乡

Lincang 临沧
Luodang 洛党
Mengding 孟定
Nanmei 南美拉祜族乡
Yalian 亚练乡
Banhong 班洪乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Yangjie 羊街乡
Dianzhong 甸中

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

Puer 普洱
Nuofu 糯福
Mengma 孟马镇

Diqing 迪庆
Jiagetu 价格土