Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least kwn and most beguiling regions of China. A mountaius wonderland, it is home to 24 diverse, colourful ethnic cultures. With a name meaning 'South of the Clouds', Yunnan boasts sparkling blue skies, red earth and green forests. The picturesque capital of Yunnan, Kunming - 'the City of Eternal Spring' - lies near a serene, mile-high lake. Other natural marvels, such as the haunting Stone Forest and lush, tropical Xishuangbanna, make Yunnan a microcosm of China at its very best.It covers the historical cities of Lijiang and Zhongdian. It describes astonishing Bronze Age culture. It covers the botanical wonderland; adventure travels; and World Heritage sites, including the 'Three Great Rivers' and the holy mountain Kawakarpo. It covers the largest concentration of mirity nationalities in China. It describes the art, handicrafts and textiles. It covers the unique food and drink of Yunnan.
Jim Goodman, an American-born writer and photographer, has been based in Asia since 1972 and works with the Thai branch of the Hani nationality, with whom he has been engaged in handicrafts production in Chiang Mai since 1988. He travels to Yunnan regularly and has published many books and articles on the province and its people.