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.
Did the great Venetian traveller reach Yunnan? Almost certainly not, but still his accounts are the first words Europeans heard about this far-away region.
In China even the 'old towns' are new. Under the 古镇, or ancient town, moniker old towns are razed and their population driven out to make space for sanitized versions of Chinese history that drive the tourist dollar.
Bai 白族话 is the language spoken by the Bai people 白族 in the Dali area. While Chinese has become the lingua franca, Bai is still actively spoken by many, particularly older people, but it does not have a native written form and comes in many dialects. Here we list the available resources for learning this difficult language.
Dali City administers surroundings of Erhai with the lofty Cangshan mountains to the west, a region dominated by the Bai people.
Yangbi is an Yi area to the western side of the Cangshan mountains. It is famous for its walnuts.
Nanjian's main attractions are the cherry flower in December and the Earth Forest.
Called 'museum of bridges', Yunlong county is one of Yunnan's rarely visited gems: the small county town with pleasant Hushan temple mountain in the back, the historic salt town Nuodeng just a few kilometers away and the many covered bridges across the picturesque Bi River that have given the county its moniker make a trip to Yunlong a trip back in time.
Unspoiled Weishan boast Yunnan's most beautiful county town, an important Taoist mountain and areas of strong Muslim and Yi tradition.
With Shibaoshan Jianchuan hosts the most historically interesting temple complex in Yunnan and just south of it lies Shaxi, the best preserved traditional trading post.
The 'Source of Erhai' has with Cibi Lake, West Lake and Fengyu a number of nice place, plus plenty of hotsprings.
Raosanling 22 May 2022
Dandao Temple Fair 11 Jun 2022
Benzhu Worship 12 Jul 2022
Benzhu Worship 13 Jul 2022
Guanyin Practice Day 17 Jul 2022
Bai Torch Festival 23 Jul 2022
Benzhu Worship 23 Jul 2022
Benzhu Worship 26 Jul 2022
Bridge Temple Fair 12 Aug 2022
Benzhu Worship 18 Aug 2022
Benzhu Worship 19 Aug 2022
Songgui Temple Fair 19 Aug 2022
Lanterns on the Lake 19 Aug 2022
Benzhu Worship 20 Aug 2022
Benzhu Worship 21 Aug 2022
Shibaoshan Songfest 24 Aug 2022
Fishpond Fair 10 Sep 2022
Benzhu Worship 18 Sep 2022
Guanyin Enlightenment 14 Oct 2022
Flower Lantern 15 Oct 2022
Opening of the Fishing Season 28 Oct 2022
Benzhu Worship 05 Jan 2023
Benzhu Worship 06 Jan 2023
Benzhu Worship 09 Jan 2023
Benzhu Worship 14 Jan 2023
Bai Opera 26 Jan 2023
Yaba Festival 29 Jan 2023
Weishan Temple Fair 30 Jan 2023
Singing Festival 30 Jan 2023
Singing Festival 05 Feb 2023
Flower Lantern Festival 05 Feb 2023
Mute God Festival 27 Feb 2023
Snack Festival 27 Feb 2023
Caojian Bath Gathering 27 Feb 2023
Benzhu Worship 27 Feb 2023
Temple Fair 06 Mar 2023
Singing Festival 10 Mar 2023
Zhonghe Temple Songfest 22 Apr 2023
Chaoshan Fair 04 May 2023
Third Month Fair 04 May 2023
Start of Summer Market 06 May 2023
Lingbao Mountain Fair 09 May 2023
Benzhu Worship 18 May 2023
Butterfly Festival 02 Jun 2023