Yunnan Bibliography

A growing list of books about, or with good content on, Yunnan province. Send me your additions!


  • China’s Southwest (Lonely Planet). Harper, Damien. 2007.
  • Across Yunnan: A Journey of Surprises: Including an Account of the Remarkable French Railway Line Now Completed to Yunnan-fu. Little, Archibald John. 1910.
  • Conversations with Sacred Mountains: A Journey Along Yunnan’s Tea Caravan Trail. Brahm, Laurence J. 2006.
  • Yunnan Travelogue : 100 days in southwest China. Zhong, Xiu. 1983.
  • From Peking to Mandalay : A Journey from North China to Burma through Tibetan, Sichuan and Yunnan. Johnston, Reginald Fleming. 1908.
  • A journey to Yunnan in 1892 : Trade and Exploration in Tonkin and Southern China. Pichon, Louis. 1893.
  • The Land of the Blue Poppy. Ward, (Captain) Franck Kingdon. 1913.


  • South of the Clouds: Tales from Yunnan. Xu, Guo (ed.). 1994.


  • The Slaves of the Cool Mountains: Travels Among Head-Hunters and Slave-Owners in South-West China. Winnington, Alan. 1959.
  • The Chinese Sultanate: Islam, Ethnicity, and the Panthay Rebellion in Southwest China, 1856-1873. Atwill, David. 2005.
  • Holy War in China: The Muslim Rebellion and State in Chinese Central Asia, 1864-1877. Kim, Hodong. 2004.
  • Asian Borderlands: The Transformation of Qing China’s Yunnan Frontier. Giersch, C. Patterson. 2006.
  • The Nan-chao Kingdom and T’ang China’s Southwestern Frontier. Backus, Charles. 1981.
  • Yün-Nan, the Link between India and the Yangtze. Davies, Henry Rodolph. 1909.
  • Xinan Wenhua Yanjiu (Southwest China Cultural Studies). Yunnan Social Science Institute, vol. 1. 1996
  • Yunnan Shiliao Mulu Gaishuo (A general introduction to sources on Yunnan ), vols. 1-3. Fang, Guoyu. 1984.
  • Yunnan Kaoguxue Lunji (Selected works of Yunnan archaeology). Li, Kunsheng. 1998.
  • Between Wind and Clouds: The Making of Yunnan, Second Century BCE to Twentieth Century CE. Bin, Yang. 2008. (Available online at


  • Eating Spring Rice: The Cultural Politics of AIDS in Southwest China. Hyde, Sandra Teresa. 2007.


  • Ways of Being Ethnic in Southwest China. Harrell, Stevan. 2002.
  • Perspectives on the Yi of Southwest China. Harrell, Stevan. 2001.
  • Mountain Patterns: The Survival of Nuosu Culture in China. Harrell, Stevan. 2000.
  • The Ancient Nakhi Kingdom of Southwest China. Rock, Joseph. 1948.
  • The Age of Wild Ghosts: Memory, Violence, and Place in Southwest China. Mueggler, Erik. 2001.
  • Indigenous ethnic groups of Yunnan. Song, Liying. 2007.
  • Zhongguo de Minzushibie (The Minzu identification in China). Huang, Guangxue and Shi Lianzhu, eds.  1st ed. (1995), 2nd ed. (2005).
  • Cong Yunnan dao Asamu—Tai /Dai Minzu de Lishi Zaikao yu Chonggou (From Yunnan to Assam—a reexamination and construction of the Tai/Dai history). He, Ping. 2001.


  • Cream of Yunling: A Photo Odessey of Yunnan Ethnic Groups. Zhang, Songquan. 1998.
  • Yunnan: China’s Most Beautiful Province. Ungar, Ann Helen. 2007

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