Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Lijiang - Twenty Years On

Jim Goodman, veteran researcher and writer on Yunnan and its people, has just republished his 1997 book "Children of the Jade Dragon: the Naxi and Yi of Northwest Yunnan". In its new preface he looks back at the changes the last twenty years have brought.


C. Patterson Giersch: Asian Borderlands

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Yunnan was not always China: indeed not so long ago large parts of Yunnan were only nominally part of the empire. To make Yunnan, outside the main Han cities, a Chinese province required significant effort. Here Giersch's study on Yunnan's hinterland makes an interesting if academic read.

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Huadeng 花灯 "Flower Lantern" is a kind of local folk opera, combining folk song, dance and dialect, with the topic frequently modern life such as dating. Traditionally Huadeng is performed during Spring Festival, but now relatively rare. Huadeng has been recognized as intangible cultural heritage of Binchuan county. This is a performance of the county Huadeng Troupe, performing "Three Matchmakers" 三个媒人.


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.


Yunnan's only Shui-Township with stunning karst scenery.

Markets this Wednesday

Kunming 昆明
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Kedu 柯渡镇
Longtou 龙头街

Dali 大理
Duomei 朵美
Junhua 均化
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Shunbi 順濞
Shanglan 上兰
Shanyang 衫阳
Zhongying 种英
Shaba 沙坝
Zhouguanying 周官营
Liuhe 六合
Heqing 鹤庆县

Lijiang 丽江
Liming 黎明

Dehong 德宏
Nangsong 曩宋阿昌族乡
Husa 户撒乡

Honghe 红河
Zhicun 芷村镇
Mengla 勐拉
Niujiaozhai 牛角寨
Tutai 土台
Hongtian 红田
Maandi 马鞍底
Yongning 永宁乡
Baiyun 白云乡

Wenshan 文山
Shadou 沙斗
Donggan 董干镇
Nijiao 腻脚彝族乡
Tienpeng 田蓬镇
Jiumo 旧莫乡
Jijie 鸡街乡

Chuxiong 楚雄
Maojie 猫街镇
Mixing 弥兴镇
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Manglong 芒龙

Lincang 临沧
Cangyuan 沧源佤族自治县
Quannei 圈内
Lushi 鲁史
Fengqing 凤庆县
Zhenkang 镇康县
Junsai 军赛乡
Shuangjiang 双江拉祜族佤族布朗族傣族自治县

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Jiasa 戛洒镇
Tadian 塔甸
Xingmeng 兴蒙
Hexi 河西

Nujiang 怒江
Lazan 腊咱
Lumadeng 鹿马登乡

Puer 普洱
Fuyan 富岩