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On the Trail of Yunnan’s Forgotten Horse Gangs

A town in Yunnan province stands as a testament to the riches of China’s ancient cross-border horse riding gangs

I’m almost close enough to touch the clouds above me as my car slowly winds up the steep roads of Yisa, a small, remote town in Yunnan’s Honghe county that sits atop the towering Ailao Mountains. After 15 minutes of driving through the hilly town center, a slight traffic jam and a change in architecture indicate that I’m getting closer to Mabang Ancient City, home of the ancient Yisa Horse Gangs.

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author Anson Zong-Liscum (安森)

Anson Zong-Liscum is the digital content manager at The World of Chinese. Originally from Colorado, he now lives in Yunnan where he often goes up the mountains to explore the province’s unique outdoors, enjoys testing out distinct ethnic dishes, and sipping on local Pu’er tea or coffee while updating the TWOC iPhone app.

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