Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


The Red Soil of Dongchuan

The Red Soil of Dongchuan
The Wumeng Mountains' bright red soil, the buckwheat's yellow and Yunnan's dramatic skies make the region around Dongchuan a paradise for photographers.


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.

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The various Lisu groups in Xiangyun county receive government money to maintain their customs, resulting in an eclectic mix of activities, that are nevertheless good fun. In Lilame 立腊么 village in Xiangyun 祥云 on the second day of the second month Dragon Worship is conducted to pray for sufficient water.


Jim Goodman: Living in Shangrila

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When Diqing Prefecture, opened its doors to foreign visitors in 1992, tourist agencies and government officials promoted Zhongdian County as the Shangrila of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon. In 2001 the city officially changed its name to Shangrila. On a high plateau of over 3200 meters, surrounded by snow covered mountain peaks, inhabited mainly by relatively prosperous, friendly and contented Tibetans, with beautiful monasteries, lakes, forests and summer flowers, the county’s scenery and lifestyle certainly bore a strong resemblance to that in the novel. Living in Shangrila describes the life and environment of the Tibetan people throughout Diqing Prefecture. It also examines their neighbors the Mosuo, a branch of the Naxi nationality, who adopted Tibetan Buddhism as their religion, but are still mainly a matrilineal society, unique to Yunnan, living around Lugu Lake, the most picturesque body of water in the province. The book includes over 200 photographs.


With its well-preserved architecture and tranquil atmosphere, Weishan's capital is Yunnan's most beautiful county town.

Markets this Friday

Kunming 昆明
Tuanjie 团结
Jinsuo 金所乡
Jijie 鸡街乡

Dali 大理
Duomei 朵美
Junhua 均化
Hecun 萂村
Shaxi 沙溪
Nanxin 南新
Baidangping 白荡坪
Haidong 海东
Jiancao 捡槽
Caojian 漕间
Wuxing 五星
Gudi 古底
Pingchuan 平川
Yinqiao 银桥
Liuhe 六合
Yousuo 右所镇
Heqing 鹤庆县
Yangbi 漾濞彝族自治县

Honghe 红河
Shalatuo 沙拉托
Xinhua 新华乡
Zhemi 者米拉祜族乡
Lengdun 冷墩
Lengquan 冷泉镇
Panzihua 攀枝花
Tongchang 铜厂
Dongshan 东山镇
Shitouzhai 石头寨

Wenshan 文山
Tiechang 铁厂镇
Babu 八布乡
Jiumo 旧莫乡
Zhuanjiao 篆角乡
Banlun 板仑乡
Mulun 睦伦乡
Funing 富宁县

Chuxiong 楚雄
Qianchang 前场镇
Dalongkou 大龙口乡
Jiuchang 九厂
Mixing 弥兴镇
Guihua 桂花乡

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
Wumulong 乌木龙乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Shuanghe 双河

Yuxi 玉溪
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

Diqing 迪庆
Zhonglu 中路

Nujiang 怒江
Chenggan 称杆
Daxingdi 大兴地乡
Zilijia 子里甲乡

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