Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Watersplashing in Yongping

Watersplashing in Yongping
Ask for the Watersplashing Festival, or Poshuijie 泼水节, and everyone will tell you to go to Jinghong, capital of Yunnan's Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Region: the 'biggest and best' Dai celebrations to mark their New Year are taking place there. And big it is. Thousands of Han Chinese and foreign tourist flock to Jinghong every year. Jinghong's Poshuijie certainly is big -- and very commercial. If big crowds and big events are your thing, go to Jinghong.


John Israel: Lianda: A Chinese University in War and Revolution

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Everyone knows about the Mao's Long March, but a few years later another long march took place: that of Chinese students leaving their cushy campuses on the east coast, trekking all the way to Yunnan where their universities reformed as Lianda, the united university. Kunming, then a total backwater, became a hotbed for new ideas, not just scientific. We liked the section of east coast girls scampering around Mengzi in their latest fashion.

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Baofeng's Benzhu festival is classed as Dali-level intangible cultural heritage.



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.


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.


Hometown of many Bai merchants, Xizhou boast some impressive architecture.

Markets this Sunday

Kunming 昆明
Zhuanlong 转龙镇
Tuanjie 团结
Xundian 寻甸回族彝族自治县
Kedu 柯渡镇

Dali 大理
Duomei 朵美
Junhua 均化
Jiuzhou 旧州
Sanying 三营
Eryuan 洱源县
Yunlong 云龙县
Liuhe 六合
Liantie 炼铁
Beitou 北头
Binchuan 宾川县
Lawu 拉乌
Heqing 鹤庆县
Jianchuan 剑川县
Pingpo 平坡
Shuanglang 双廊镇
Changxin 长新

Lijiang 丽江
Hongyan 红岩

Xishuangbanna 西双版纳
Menghun 勐混
Mengman 勐满拉祜族哈尼族布朗族镇

Honghe 红河
Pingbian 屏边苗族自治县
Mengla 勐拉
Laomeng 老勐
Diema 垤玛
Mengzi 蒙自县
Liangdi 浪堤
Jiayin 甲寅
Chake 岔科
Azhahe 阿扎河
Maandi 马鞍底
Baohua 宝华
Xinjie 新街
Luoen 洛恩
Yongning 永宁乡

Wenshan 文山
Shadou 沙斗
Guangnan 广南县
Nijiao 腻脚彝族乡
Pingyuan 平远
Jijie 鸡街乡
Zhesang 者桑乡
Donggan 董干镇
Tienpeng 田蓬镇
Babao 八宝镇

Chuxiong 楚雄
Nanhua 南华县
Dayao 大姚县
Bailu 白路
Mixing 弥兴镇
Guanglu 光路镇
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Xiaopingtian 小平田
Tengchong 腾冲县
Wama 瓦马彝族白族乡

Lincang 临沧
Mangka 芒卡镇
Fengqing 凤庆县
Fengwei 风尾镇
Lushi 鲁史
Boshang 博商
Mengjiao 勐角乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

Nujiang 怒江
Liuku 六库
Tongdian 通甸

Puer 普洱
Lancang 澜沧拉祜族自治县
Yongping 永平镇
Meng'a 孟啊

Diqing 迪庆
Zhonglu 中路