Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

Learning Bai

Learning Bai
Bai 白族话 is the language spoken by the Bai people 白族 in the Dali area. While Chinese has become the lingua franca, Bai is still actively spoken by many, particularly older people, but it does not have a native written form and comes in many dialects. Here we list the available resources for learning this difficult language.

Ronald G. Knapp: China's Old Dwellings

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Few people know as much about Chinese architecture as Knapp: from palaces to humble homes he explains important building principles; the connection between environment and housing styles and the development of style over time. A section on minority housing styles complements the book.

Yunnan Tours

We can put you in contact with personally vetted, experienced tour guides, speaking Chinese, English, Dutch and German, for southwestern China. They can help you plan a trip matching your personal interests and requirements and accompany you on your trip. We just provide the introduction, we do not charge any commission or fees.
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Just a few old ladies of the Lotus Pond Society 莲池会 in Sanwenbi 三文笔 village attending the festival in honour of the local Benzhu 本主 is perhaps a sign of a slowly dying ancient religious culture.

Jim Goodman: Xishuangbanna

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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.

This old caravan town on the Jinsha River is Yunnan's gateway to Tibet.

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Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡

Dali 大理
Huangping 黄平镇
Longjie 龙街
Tuanjie 团结
Waxi 瓦溪
Longjie 龙街
Jizushan 鸡足山
Zhongjiang 中江
Misha 弥沙
Baishi 白石
Shaping 沙平村

Lijiang 丽江
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Honghe 红河
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Niujie 牛街镇
Dixibei 地西北
Baihe 白河乡
Chemalong 车玛龙
Laozhai 老寨苗族乡
Sankeshu 三棵树
Puxiong 普雄
Shaochong 哨冲镇

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

Chuxiong 楚雄
Qianchang 前场镇
Chadian 插甸乡

Baoshan 保山市
Zhonghe 中和
Bawan 坝湾镇
Mangkuan 芒宽彝族傣族乡

Lincang 临沧
Menglai 勐来乡
Yalian 亚练乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Yangjie 羊街乡
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西
Dianzhong 甸中

Diqing 迪庆
Zili 梓里
Kangpu 康普

Nujiang 怒江
Pengdang 捧当
Maji 马吉乡

Puer 普洱
Qushui 曲水乡
Mengsuo 勐梭镇
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县