Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


On the Statelets between Nanzhao and the Dali Kingdom

After the demise of Nanzhao 南诏, the Buddhist kingdom that integrated the tribes of the Erhai region in the second half of the first millennium, local strongmen proclaimed a succession of short-lived statelets before Duan Siping 段思平 in 937 CE established the Dali Kingdom 大理国.



Jim Goodman: The Terrace Builders: The Hani and their Neighbors in Yunnan's Ailao Mountains

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Abstract: The rice terraces of the Ailao Mountains in southern Yunnan province, China, are some of the oldest terraced farms in Asia. First mentioned in Tang Dynasty records, these farms, 80% of which are irrigated, with water running through them all year round, have been in continuous use for over a thousand years. In 2013 UNESCO declared the heartland of this area a World Heritage Site. The Terrace Builders is a detailed account of how these farms are made and used, the cities and mountains of Honghe Prefecture and the far north of Vietnam, as well as the various ethnic minorities who live there. The book pays special attention to the Hani people, the largest ethnic group in the area, and includes summaries of the culture and clothing of their neighbors the Yi, Miao, Yao, Zhuang and Dai. The book includes 300 photos of the land and its people.

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Followers of Jianchuan Azhali Buddhism perform a candle dance in Shaxi.


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


Jim Goodman: The Akha: Guardians of the Forest

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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.


Rushan is a dried cow milk cheese, made in the Dali region. 



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

Markets this Saturday

Kunming 昆明
Jiulong 九龙乡
Fazhe 法者镇
Wumeng 乌蒙乡
Shilin 石林彝族自治县
Tangdan 汤丹镇

Dali 大理
Zhoucheng 州城
Huangping 黄平镇
Yongping 永平县
Longjie 龙街
Wanqiao 湾桥
Paiying 排营
Jiangwei 江尾镇
Shijing 师井
Lijiao 力角
Longjie 龙街
Zhongjiang 中江
Diannan 甸南

Lijiang 丽江
Jiuhe 九河
Shunzhou 顺州

Honghe 红河
Xinansuo 新安所镇
Daheishan 大黑山乡
Leyu 乐育
Sankeshu 三棵树
Xinxian 新现乡
Longwu 龙武镇
Xinjie 新街
Dixibei 地西北

Wenshan 文山
Badaoshao 八道哨乡
Matang 马塘镇
Pingba 坪坝镇
Xinzhai 新寨乡
Heizhiguo 黑支果乡
Boai 剥隘镇
Dongma 董马乡

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

Baoshan 保山市
Zhonghe 中和
Mangkuan 芒宽彝族傣族乡
Bawan 坝湾镇

Lincang 临沧
Menglai 勐来乡
Yalian 亚练乡

Zhaotong 昭通
Linfeng 麟风
Shuitian 水田

Yuxi 玉溪
Nanuo 那诺乡
Yuanjiang 元江哈尼族彝族傣族自治县
Yani 亚尼

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

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

Diqing 迪庆
Xiaoweixi 小维西
Kaifaqu 开发区