Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

Early Maps of Yunnan

The history of maps in Yunnan began more than a thousand years ago. But it was the Jesuits who revolutionised mapping in China, producing the first accurate maps of the provinces, including remote Yunnan.

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

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Every year, on the 26th day of the 6th lunar month, the Yi in Fuchang 副长 village of northern Midu 弥渡 county conduct a ritual martial play called 操兵, meaning 'military drill', that commemorates soldiers going out to war in the Qing dynasty.

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.

The turn of the Yangzi made Chinese civilization possible and was the location of many important battles.

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tangdan 汤丹镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Jijie 鸡街乡
Fazhe 法者镇

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Yongping 永平县
Huangping 黄平镇
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Paiying 排营
Shijing 师井
Songgui 松桂
Xintun 辛屯
Lijiao 力角
Diannan 甸南

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Jiuhe 九河
Banqiao 板桥
Yongsheng 永胜县

Honghe 红河
Shalatuo 沙拉托
Shengcun 生村
Zhemi 者米拉祜族乡
Niujie 牛街镇
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Leyu 乐育
Panzihua 攀枝花
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Tongchang 铜厂
Xinxian 新现乡
Shaochong 哨冲镇

Wenshan 文山
Tiechang 铁厂镇
Babu 八布乡
Matang 马塘镇
Zhuanjiao 篆角乡
Pingba 坪坝镇
Mulun 睦伦乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Dahekou 大河口乡
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树

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
Wumulong 乌木龙乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Jiucheng 旧城
Weixin 威信
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Mosha 漠沙镇
Yangjie 羊街乡
Dianzhong 甸中

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Jiagetu 价格土
Xiaoweixi 小维西

Nujiang 怒江
Hexi 河西
Puladi 普拉底乡
Laowo 老窝
Aludi 阿路底

Puer 普洱
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Mengsuo 勐梭镇
Menglian 孟连傣族拉祜族佤族自治县