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Thanks Peter. Yes, that's my website. Lots of people have used it over the years, in fact I even saw a book published in France which had the same tattered cover reproduced from my scan! Another good read is the Khazak Exodus book which is also at pratyeka.org/books/

Walter, you deserve a big thanks for having had Goullarts - Forgotten Kingdom - on that pratyeka website - which is your website I assume. I dont know if you still got it there somewhere, but it was there several years ago already and it was great to pick up chapters from it there.

I saw a bullfight last Monday in Qiubei. Thought it was pretty entertaining and I'd recommend you watch a fight if you ever have the chance. Before the bullfight they had Horse fighting which was also very watchable. Never even considered the concept before.

Great article Jim. I saw some impressive Miao minority inter-village bullfights south of Kaili in Guizhou circa 2004. They held them in the broad rocky river beds mid-way between villages, turning our solitary road hanging off the mountain above in to natural makeshift amphitheatre stand. All traffic stopped for the duration of the bout, in which villagers surrounded the two beasts in a human circle in an attempt to cajole them toward one another.

Also, on the library thing: it seems pretty corrupt taking irreplaceable works from public institution and putting them in an exclusive and expensive environment for private patrons. It's not the first time I've seen this sort of thing going on in China: as early as a decade ago, Tianjin had expensive restaurants which would 'borrow' ancient artefacts directly form museums for decoration.

Also... "the hamlet of Tengyue (腾越)" is wrong.

Tengyue is in fact the old name for Tengchong (腾冲), which far from being a hamlet was the last major commercial center on the southwest silk road en-route to Burma and India after Baoshan (保山).

Numerous families in the Tengchong area derived great wealth from the Burma trade, much from jade and opium. The first private museum in Yunnan opened nearby in the last decade or so. Lots of wealthy Chinese in Southeast Asia trace their roots back to the area.

Pinyin is wrong, "sanfang yijiaobi" (三房一照壁) should be "sanfang yizhaobi". Also, "Dai-style" should be "Bai-style".