Panoramic China -- Yunnan: "Shangri-La" over the Horizon

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It is easy to have a quick look at China's past and present, but it takes time to gain a panoramic knowledge of China. The "Panoramic China" series is meant to assist readers, especially those overseas, in this respect. Each volume in the series focuses on a province, municipality or autonomous region, describing, with illustrations, the outstanding characteristics of each area from different perspectives.   

Yunnan: "Shangri-La" over the Horizon

Of all China's provinces, Yunnan is the one with the largest concentration of ethnic minority peoples. It is here in Yunnan that the mingling of different ethnic groups, their ways of life and their cultures are most richly and distinctively displayed.

This is a land that abounds with sacred mountains and holy waters, quiet pristine hamlets and unpolluted old towns, verdant grasslands set off by snow mountains, quiet blue valleys in moonlight, and lush magical rainforests. The land also boasts its old music and written languages, mystical dances and customs. Different religions and folk traditions mingle here, all retaining their original character. For millennia different ethnic groups have lived and multiplied on this land in peace and harmony.


Table of Contents
Hada from Buddha
Living in Paradise
Soul Pilgrimage
A Bird's Eye View of the Three Parallel Rivers
Another Sacred Place
Treasure Chest of History
Welcoming Bosom of the Old Town
The Ancient Tea and Horse Road
Ancient Dongba Culture
Ancient Naxi Music
Rendezvous by Lugu Lake
Ancient Capital at a Crossroads of Asian Culture
Between Men and Gods
Wind, Flowers, Snow, and Moon
Shibao Mountain
Menghua Town
Grand Canyon of the Orient
Dauntless People
Braves of Blades and Fire
Bathing in Natural Hot Springs
Sent by God
The Peacocks of Freedom
Last Words at Yunmen
The Peacocks of Freedom
One Hamlet Two Countries
Blessing of the Sacred Water
Religion Between Priestly and Secular
The Most Recently Confirmed Ethnic Group
The Sun's Red Girdle
Walking Along the Red River
The Yunnan-Vietnam Railroad
Hani Terraces
Galloping Red Bulls
World in a Gourd
Awa Mountains
The Mystery of the
Cangyuan Cliff Paintings
The Warm and Spontaneous Wa
Fragrant Land
Home of Eternal Spring
The West Mountain and Dianchi Lake
Meet the Great Zheng He
Visit Ashma
The Yunnan-Burma Road
——"The Last Land Route into China"
The Flving Tigers and the Hump Route
World Exposition
Mystic Land, Diverse Peoples
Bamei in Guangnan County-The "Peach Garden" in a Cave
Source of the Pearl River
The Yi Solar Calendar
Majestic Pass on the Wumeng Mountains
Ethnic Minorities Found Only in Yunnan
Appendix I: Ethnic Minority Festivals in Yunnan
Appendix II: Major Hotels in Yunnan
Appendix III: World Cultural and Natural Heritage Sites in Yunnan
Appendix IV: State-Level Scenic Spots in Yunnan
Appendix V: Famous State-Level Historical and Cultural Cities/Towns in Yunnan
Appendix VI: Related Websites
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