Yunnan - China's most beautiful province

1875: Death of a British Diplomat

After Britain's 1852 annexation of lower Burma lucrative trade with China through its back-door seemed more than a distant possibility. But after a successful first mission up the Irrawaddy and into Yunnan in 1868, the second British mission six years later ended in tragedy.

Liao Yiwu: God is Red: The Secret Story of How Christianity Survived and Flourished in Communist China

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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.

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A blacksmith in Fengyi's Jiangxi village 凤仪江西村 still makes farmtools by hand. In the village once most households were blacksmiths, today only a handful remain.

Location of the historically important 'Cangshan Conference' in 794AD.

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

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.

Traditional Bai vernacular architecture with buildings to three sides and a screenwall.

The Danxia, or red sandstore, cliffs around Liming are a hikers' and climbers' paradise that is just now being discovered.

Markets this Wednesday

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

Dali 大理
Duomei 朵美
Junhua 均化
Shunbi 順濞
Haidong 海东
Zhongying 种英
Liuhe 六合
Qinghua 清华
Yinqiao 银桥
Shaba 沙坝
Zhouguanying 周官营
Shanglan 上兰
Heqing 鹤庆县
Niujie 牛街

Dehong 德宏
Husa 户撒乡
Nangsong 曩宋阿昌族乡

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

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

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
Zhenkang 镇康县
Junsai 军赛乡
Quannei 圈内
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
Chahe 岔河
Dalongtan 大龙潭

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
Fuyan 富岩

Diqing 迪庆
Kaifaqu 开发区
Zhonglu 中路