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Yunnan: China South of the Clouds (Odyssey Yunnan: China South of the Clouds) Paperback – 10 Jan 2009

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  • Paperback: 623 pages
  • Publisher: Odyssey Publications,Hong Kong; Original edition (10 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9622177751
  • ISBN-13: 978-9622177758
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 3.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 423,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Happy people! What do they know of the strife and turmoil of the western world? We wear ourselves out saving time in one direction that we may waste it in another, hurrying and ever hurrying through time as if we were disgusted with life, but these people think of time not in miles an hour but according to the rate at which their crops grow in the spring, and their fruits ripen in the autumn. They work that they and their families may have enough to eat and enough to wear, living and dying where they were born, where their offspring will live and die after them, as did their ancestors before them, shut in by the mountains which bar access from the outer world. - Frank Kingdon Ward - "


Wedged between Tibet and the exotic lands of Southeast Asia, Yunnan Province is one of the least known and most beguiling regions of China. A mountainous 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 minority nationalities in China. It describes the art, handicrafts and textiles. It covers the unique food and drink of Yunnan.

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Laszlo Wagner
4.0 out of 5 starsFantastic Cultural Info - but little else
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5.0 out of 5 starsGreat guide book for a beautiful part of China
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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent guide to South of the Clouds!!
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