On the way to the NuJiang (River) Valley, the town of Baoshan Yunnan is a very nice to visit this small town during autumn and winter months!
我 们坐在去保山的长途汽车里,一路上都是山路,正昏昏沉沉之际,突眼前豁然开朗。哇!一片平原展现在眼前,我急忙摇醒身旁的勺儿。突然明白为什么保山有云南 的渔米之乡之称!大片的田地,不仅在云南很少见,就是在整个华西南也是很少见的。路边一座很宏伟的清真寺一晃而过,急忙想把她拍下来,但是急切中只拍到一 个侧面。很是兴奋中,我们到达保山,出了汽车站,不免有点失望,和千千万万个中国的城镇一样,几乎都是一个设计师设计出来的,没有一点新意,但是却有熟悉 的感觉。
Baoshan Yunnan is also one of the earliest places settled in China.
In the second year of the Yuanfeng era (109 B.C.) in the Western Han Dynasty, the county of Buwei was instituted at the present Baohan, under the jurisdiction of Yizhoujun Prefecture. In A.D. 69 or the 12th year of the Yongping era in the eastern Han Dynasty, the prefecture of Yongchang was instituted.
During the period of Nanzhao Kingdom (729-937) in the Tang Dynasty, the office of the Yongchang Governor was set up here. During the period of Dali Kingdom (937-1253) in the Song Dynasty, Yongchangfu Prefecture was instituted and later in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) it was replaced with Yongchangzhou Prefecture. In the 22nd year of the Hongwu era in the Ming Dynasty, a city wall of bricks was built.
In the inaugural year of the Yongle era (1403) of the Ming Dynasty, a new administrative and military officer was stationed whose title was the Yongchang Emissary in charge of defense and the affairs of 1,000 households.
In the 3rd year of the Jiajing era, the Emissary’s Office was deleted and Baoshan County was set up instead, with the name derived from Taibaoshan Mountain in the west. In the inaugural year of the Republic (1911), Baoshan Prefecture was instituted. In the following year, it was replaced by Baoshan County.
In January 1950, Baoshan was liberated and remained a county. In September 1983, it was renamed a city.
Another highlight of our visit to Baoshan Yunnan was finding out more on the Yunnan-Burma Highway connection to the former Burma Road construction during World War II which stretches across the area over a distance of 167 kilometers you can see the details here with the Trax2 Yunnan Map.
Baoshan Yunnan 保山很小， 五分钟的公车就从市中心到了 Baoshan Museum 博物馆，博物馆的对面有条小吃街，既然不能领略保山的文物宝藏， 品赏下有历史意义的小吃也不错。 (Baoshan Museum picture above)
这里的豆粉竟然有两种， 一种是 Yunnan 云南常见的，另一种是我们在云南五年从没见过的， 摊主用一根绣花针把一块豆粉切下来后，又用这根针细细的在豆粉上划， 有点像菊花花瓣的样子， 很费功夫，淋上浇头，洒点花椒面， 麻油，点缀些绿色， 端一碗上来。我早已食指大动， 勺儿在旁边干坐着，他只敢吃热的食物， 就是他要亲眼见着从热的锅里拿出来的食物。
味道真得很赞，从我吃的速度勺儿猜出来了，味道肯定很好， 在他主动要求尝一口的情况下，我就大度些， 让他试下，他挑了一块试试后， 马上转身向那摊主去。哈哈哈！ 我连续吃了两碗，和勺儿分了一碗，又要了一碗辣土豆条， 和柠檬水，才过瘾！开心！
继续向前。 物理学上说同性相斥，异性相吸。我和美食肯定是异性， 不久我们就走到一个大大的露天市场，吃的用的玩的都有， 用的玩的都被忽视掉，眼睛只向美食。嘴里啃着凉薯，看着路边挂着腊鸭， 腊肉， 嗯，逍遥自在，勺儿忙着拍照，旅行真好。眼角瞟着一个小姑娘手上的核桃糖，心正想着， 这个看上去好吃时，就看见了那个卖核桃糖的地方。
Baoshan is a town with lots local homemade snacks, a typical middle size town around China, one night stay is enough. Checkout the local market for some snacks.
TIP #1: 去小的城镇旅行时， 最好带上自己的筷子 – Take your own chopsticks when you travel around China.