Bradt Guide: China - Yunnan Province

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Yunnan is China's most ethnically and geographically diverse province, and a mecca for naturalists. Carved by the power of the legendary Yangtze and Mekong rivers, and backed by the majestic Tibetan highland, its landscape has given rise to such magical-sounding places as Tiger Leaping Gorge and the petrified forest at Shilin.This ground-breaking Bradt guide provides coverage of Yunnan's many attractions, including the provincial capital, Kunming, and Xishuangbanna, home of the Dai people. Essential practical ...
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Yunnan is China's most ethnically and geographically diverse province, and a mecca for naturalists. Carved by the power of the legendary Yangtze and Mekong rivers, and backed by the majestic Tibetan highland, its landscape has given rise to such magical-sounding places as Tiger Leaping Gorge and the petrified forest at Shilin.This ground-breaking Bradt guide provides coverage of Yunnan's many attractions, including the provincial capital, Kunming, and Xishuangbanna, home of the Dai people. Essential practical information is backed up by a detailed insight into Yunnanese history and culture, giving an all-round picture of this intriguing province.This guide includes highlights, events and festivals throughout the year; excellent coverage of ethnic minorities; information for naturalists, hikers and cultural travelers; air, rail and road links with the rest of China, Southeast Asia, USA and Europe; accommodation, restaurants and local transport - plus health and safety. (5 1/4 x 8 1/2, 304 pages, color photos, illustrations, maps)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781841620022
  • Publisher: Bradt Publications UK
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Series: Bradt Country Guides Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.33 (w) x 8.42 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Mansfield is a photographer and writer living in Japan. He travels widely throughout Southern Asia and has specialist knowledge of ethnic minorities. His guide to the Philippines is also published by Bradt.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2001

    An well crafted introduction to travel in Yunnan, China.

    I strongly recommended this volume. As the guide book industry mushrooms and more and more countries, cities, and landscapes come under the microscope a case can be made that increasing specialization brings complication for the traveler and added pressures upon both inhabitant and environment at the destination. The traveler yearns for a volume that is more than simply a where-to guide but a companion to be read with enjoyment and reflection. Those to be visited not only want but also deserve a volume that can engender a fair boost to the local economy but is also something that is sympathetic to their concerns and ways of life without being either patronizing or false. In Bradt¿s Guide to Yunnan this careful balance is achieved. The author, Stephen Mansfield, is very well regarded as a stylist with a careful eye, fully appreciative of culture, topography and ethnology. The 'background information' section to the book is carefully researched and offers a good introduction to Yunnan, China¿s most ethnically varied province. Sidebars throughout the volume offer insight with one near the beginning 'Parking Lots in the Jungle,' offering a particularly incisive look at the role, not always above board, of modern economic pressures. The separate and highly detailed sections on Dali, Lijiang, Xishuangbanna, Deqin, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Zhongdian, etc., also offer much more than the typical guidebook melange of useful hotel and restaurant possibilities. I spent two weeks in Dali many years ago I can say that in this book one gets a sense of place, in fact, a desire to go if one hasn¿t and a desire to return if one has. In that sense this volume has the ability to provoke a sense of travel. My one extremely minor criticism is that there are not more photographs (there are 8 pages of them in color) in the volume as those that do appear are both professional and complement the text style. Then again, many travelers are happy to wait to see with their own eyes and in that sense this book, which one should buy and read before visiting Yunnan, will certainly help them understand better what they do see.

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