Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


A Republic Era Map of Dali

A Republic Era map shows the development of the Dali region over the last hundred years.


Liao Yiwu: God is Red

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Liao Yiwu, one of China's most prominent dissidents, was driven out of China, but not before he used a period of internal exile to research Christian groups, mainly in Yunnan. In this book he tells the stories of the Christians of Dali and of Wuding county.

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With the official programme curtailed, it is the unorganized folk part of the annual Singing Festival in Shibaoshan that continues to thrive.


Reconstructed Qing Wenmiao, in a nice park setting. 



A pretty lake area south of Eryuan.


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.


Fog swirling on a cold winter morning over endless rice-terraces, the red of the early morning sun reflected in the flooded paddies: this is the classic view of the Hani Rice Terraces of Yuanyang, now of UNESCO World Heritage status.

Markets this Saturday

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

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Yongping 永平县
Huangping 黄平镇
Wanqiao 湾桥
Shuixie 水泄
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Paiying 排营
Shanyang 衫阳
Xintun 辛屯
Songgui 松桂
Shijing 师井
Lijiao 力角
Diannan 甸南
Gonglang 公郎镇

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇
Jiuhe 九河

Dehong 德宏
Lianghe 梁河县
Kachang 卡场镇

Honghe 红河
Nanke 南科
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Leyu 乐育
Majie 马街
Wuwan 乌弯
Lvchun 绿春县
Jinping 金平苗族瑶族傣族自治县
Xinxian 新现乡
Xinjie 新街
Daheigong 大黑公
Mengqiao 勐桥乡

Wenshan 文山
Pingzhai 平寨乡
Matang 马塘镇
Pingba 坪坝镇
Nanping (Majie) 南屏镇 (马街)
Muyang 木央镇
Banggu 蚌谷乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Shizhong 适中乡
Dahekou 大河口乡
Wanyaoshu 弯腰树

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
Mengdui 孟堆乡
Fuhe 复合
Xinhua 新华彝族苗族乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Jiucheng 旧城
Weixin 威信
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Mosha 漠沙镇
Tadian 塔甸
Jiasa 戛洒镇

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

Puer 普洱
Mangxin 芒信镇
Baozang 宝藏乡
Qiannuo 千糯
Minle 民乐

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Shangjiang 上江
Xiaoweixi 小维西