Yunnan - China's most beautiful province


Kiss of Life for an Old Caravan Market

Until the middle of last century, Shaxi was a flourishing village on the caravan road to Tibet. The following decades made it a place that history forgot. Now Shaxi is undergoing an award-winning restoration.


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


Reconstructed Qing Wenmiao, in a nice park setting. 



A spectacularly narrow canyon high above the Jinsha River.


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.


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

Markets this Wednesday

Kunming 昆明
Banqiao 板桥乡
Longtou 龙头街
Shilin 石林彝族自治县

Dali 大理
Huangping 黄平镇
Shunbi 順濞
Shanyang 衫阳
Niujie 牛街
Zhongying 种英
Xintun 辛屯
Songgui 松桂
Shaba 沙坝
Zhouguanying 周官营
Qinghua 清华
Shanglan 上兰

Lijiang 丽江
Shigu 石鼓镇

Dehong 德宏
Nangsong 曩宋阿昌族乡
Husa 户撒乡

Honghe 红河
Shengcun 生村
Zhicun 芷村镇
Nafa 那发
Tutai 土台
Sancun 三村
Hongtian 红田
Jiache 架车
Baiyun 白云乡
Zhongzhai 中寨
Yongning 永宁乡

Wenshan 文山
Puyang 普阳
Shupi 树皮彝族乡
Xichou 西畴县

Chuxiong 楚雄
Maojie 猫街镇
Shizhong 适中乡
Yaoan 姚安县

Baoshan 保山市
Manglong 芒龙

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

Zhaotong 昭通
Shikan 石坎
Weixin 威信
Jiucheng 旧城
Changan 长安

Yuxi 玉溪
Jiasa 戛洒镇
Tadian 塔甸

Nujiang 怒江
Lazan 腊咱
Lumadeng 鹿马登乡

Puer 普洱
Jiangcheng 江城哈尼族彝族自治县
Baozang 宝藏乡
Fuyan 富岩

Diqing 迪庆
Shangjiang 上江