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Yunnan: China South of the Clouds (Odyssey Guides) [Paperback]

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A guide to one of the least-known, but most beautiful provinces in China, with a focus on its mountainous terrain, natural marvels, and historic towns, along with a detailed exploration of Yunnan's diverse ethnic cultures. Original.

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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, colorful 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 Xizhuangbanna, make Yunnan a microcosm of China at its very best.

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Studio: Airphoto International Ltd.
Pages   623
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.5" Width: 8.25" Height: 5.75"
Weight:   2.16 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 14, 2009
Publisher   Odyssey
ISBN  9622177751  
ISBN13  9789622177758  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! American born writer and photographer, Jim Goodman 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.

Jim Goodman currently resides in the state of Wisconsin. Jim Goodman was born in 1947.

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Fantastic Cultural Info - but little else  Nov 6, 2009
I guess I am lucky with this book.
I am a great fan of Yunnan, and that's mostly because of its fascinating ethnic/cultural mix. I spent over a month exploring the province years ago, impressed by the diversity and a strong traditions of its minorities.
Back then guidebooks only covered a few popular tourist spots in Yunnan, basically the Kunming area, Dali, Lijiang, Zhongdian, Dehong and Xishuangbanna. A few more recent guidebooks promised more detailed and specific coverage, but none really delivered it.
Now, this book does! It covers all corners of Yunnan, fairly realistically divided into a chapter on popular regions and off the beaten path ones. Better still, at least for me, the author just happens to concentrate on the very thing I am interested in, that is minority cultures, and offers great, detailed info on these for each region. That info is presented in a lively, sympthetic style - a great read. The photos are great, too - as usual for Odyssey guides.
Now for the shortcomings. If minority cultures are NOT your main interest, you may find that information on other types of attractions, be it historical sights or especially nature, is very limited in comparision, and is buried in the text. Sights are not really highlighted in the flowing text, town maps are few and typically fail to show the location of most sights and places to stay. Practical information is even more limited. In the back of the book there is a list of hotels in key towns and cities, but it gives you neither price info nor even their names in Chinese script to help finding them. Transport information is, if anything, even more limited. Sure, I was not expecting Lonely Planet style detail on these, but even Odyssey guides usually do a better job at this!
But then, I am the type of person who can usually find these things out once there. So this guide is almost perfect for me, especially when accompanied by Lonely Planet's China's Southwest guide for practical details.

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