Yunnan, South of Clouds. Yunnan is a land of colorful ethnic groups and a natural paradise to discover.

Yunnan is a land where you can visit villages inhabited by many minorities, and travel in remote and little-known regions, following the ancient paths of the French missionaries or great travelers like Bruce Chatwin, Marco Polo and Joseph Rock, inspiring novelists, adventurers and simple travelers.

From the Tibetan peaks to the rainforests of the South: a trip through customs and little-known habits of Yunnan

You will also discover a local Chinese cuisine very different from the stereotype that you have in the West: there are countless specialties, also accompanied by delicate red wines and other fruit-based brandies and liqueurs. Below you will find, insights, photographs, and tips introducing a land that is worth to be known and explored.

Yunnan Prefectures

Kunming - Yuxi - Chuxiong - Dali - Lijiang - Zhaotong - Deqen - Dehong - Honghe - Xishuangbanna - Qujing - Nujiang - Pu'er - Lincang - Baoshan - Wenshan

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Yunnan guide summary

Traveling in China can be a great experience, and the country is a safe place to travel with a plenty of incredible destinations to visit and enjoy. Is it safe to travel to China alone? Yes, but for women traveling alone...
Tengchong Hot Springs

Tengchong Hot Springs

11 kilometers south of Tengchong Town, Tengchong Hot Springs (腾冲热海) has numerous boiling springs, hot springs, spa, and sites that send off the terrestrial-heat-produced stream. Major scenic wonders include the Big Boiling Cauldron, the Pearl Fountain, and many others. Tengchong...
Tengchong shadow play (皮影戏) origin can be traced back 170 years. The play is based on legends, historical novels, and folklore. Shadow play is an ancient form of storytelling and entertainment which uses flat articulated cut-out figures which are held between...
Ailao Serial Bells are a rare old Chinese instrument used by Ailao people, characterized by the vigorous tiger carvings, strong ox carvings and twisting snake carvings. They were used from late periods of the Warring States to that of...
The Temple of the Recumbent Buddha (卧佛寺) is on Yunya mountain where ancient trees tower to the sky, 15 km north from Baoshan city. Built in a cave of Yunya Mountain, it is also named Yunya Temple of the Recumbent...
Yunfeng Mountain

The Yunfeng Mountain

The Yunfeng Mountain (云峰山) lies in Ruidian Township 50 kilometers northwest to Tengchong. From a distance, it looks like a bamboo shoot pointing to the sky. With fog and clouds always linger around it, the mountain is named Yunfeng (cloud...
The Beihai Wetland (北海湿地) located 12.5 km northwest of Tengchong County is one of the first 33 nationally preserved wetlands and the only national wetland in the province. The preservation covers 16.29 km2, and the area of Beihai Lake is...
The Dieshui River Waterfall (叠水河瀑布) is located in Tengchong County, it is the first natural waterfall in the urban area and a volcanic waterfall rarely seen in the world. The 46 m waterfall goes across the town. There are groups...
Mount Gaoligong (高黎贡山) is located in western and southwestern Yunnan and known as an alpines garden, this place is the communicating corridor of worldwide fauna and flora. It is even called world species gene pool as it is the differentiation...
The Cemetery (国殇墓园) was built in July 1945, at the foot of the Laifeng Mountain, 1 km southwest of downtown. Within the graveyard were tombs of 3,346 army officers and men sacrificed in the battle recapturing Tengchong. In China,...
Heshun Township (侨乡和顺镇) is 3 kilometers southwest to downtown Tengchong. In the history, Heshun folks had a tradition of seeking fortune in South Asian countries, and they had extensive ties with foreign countries. Relics of Heshun Township include the Wenchang...
Tengchong Guide - Known as the Natural Geological Museum, Tengchong (腾冲火山群) is one of the most famous volcano clusters in China. There are 97 dormant volcanoes in total, and among them, 23 craters remain intact. Its main scenic spots are...
Baoshan guide - Located in western Yunnan, Baoshan (保山) was an important stage on the famous Southwest Silk Road with a rich culture. The Tengchong National Scenic Area is situated in Tengchong Country of Baoshan Prefecture, having unique volcano clusters...
Nujiang prefecture is inhabited by the Nu, Tibetan, Dulong , Lisu, Naxi people, who respectively worship primitive religions, Lamaism, Catholicism, or Christianity which is the major religion. The different religions co-exist in harmony. Kaquewa, the Dulong’s yearly festival “卡雀哇”——独龙族的年节 The festival is...
Bingzhongluo (丙中洛) is located to the north of the Gongshan County on the juncture between China, Myanmar, and India, and between Yunnan and Tibet. Bingzhongluo map [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d4137.8840707927475!2d98.61972031543804!3d28.01508598266567!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x37225d76d4758b3d%3A0xafa3d168e2fae33c!2sBingzhongluoxiang%2C+Gongshan%2C+Nujiang%2C+Yunnan%2C+China!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1495306728538&w=600&h=450] There is the Xianglanglaka Mountain and the Biluo Snow Mountain at an elevation of...
Nujiang Guide - Until recently, Nujiang Valley was undoubtedly the last frontier of tourism in Yunnan. The valley created by the waters of the Nu River winds for about two hundred kilometers and is stretched between inaccessible mountain walls covered...
Dharma Cave or Damo Patriarch Cave (达摩祖师洞) is located on the Elephant Trunk Mountain in Qizong Village of Weixi County. The temple of Dharma Cave It is said that Dharma had visited here and understood the doctrines to be Buddha after facing...
Cizhong Catholic Church (茨中天主教堂) is located in Cizhong Village 80 kilometers from the south of Deqin County. It is a French Catholic church, first established in the 6th year of Tongzhi in the Qing Dynasty (A.D.1867). The church is constituted...
Dongzhulin Monastery (东竹林寺) is located in Benzilan Township, Deqin County, and 105km from the seat of Shangri-la County. It was built in 1667 and named Gedan by the fifth Dalai Lama. It is the largest one of the three Gelu Sect...
Situated where Yunnan borders Sichuan and Tibet and in the abdomen of Three Parallel Rivers National Tourist Region. Lanyue Valley Scenic Region in Shangri-la (香格里拉蓝月山谷景区) lies in the core area of Shangri-la, in the south of Shangri-la County Town. Lanyue...
Meili Valley (澜沧江梅里峡谷) is famous not only for its deep and long valley but the swift river current. The drop is 504 meters in the 150 kilometers flow. It is magnificent that mighty waves on the narrow river beat the...
Napahai (纳帕海) means “the forest beside the lake”, being located 8 kilometers northwest of Shangri-la County Town. It is a plateau lake on which many precious birds dwell, among them, black-necked cranes in the list of Class-A animals under state...
Mingyong Glacier (明永冰川) is located half way up Kawagebo Peak, the highest peak of Meili Snow Mountain. Mingyong Glacier is 4 kilometers long and 30-80 meters wide. The glacier extends down along Mingyong Valley to 2650 meters above sea level. The ecology...
“Haba” means golden flower in Naxi language. Haba Snow Mountain (Haba Snow Mountain Nature Reserve 哈巴雪山自然保护区) namely Golden Flower Snow Mountain is located in the southeast of Shangri-la County, being 120 kilometers from Jiantang Town, the capital seat of Diqing...
Baimang Snow Mountain (白茫雪山) is located in Deqen County. The mountain is a National Nature Reserve. Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys, which are under Class-one state protection, inhabit in the Baimang Snow Mountain is the kingdom of azaleas. The high mountainous azalea forest...
Baishuitai (白水台) is one of the largest sinter terraces in China. Baishuitai of Sanba Township is 101 kilometers in the southeast of the Shangri-la county. Apart from its picturesque scenery, Baishuitai is also the place of origin of the Dongba Culture...
In Tibetan Buddhism, Meili Snow Mountain (梅里雪山) is the holiest among the 8 sacred mountains of the Tibetan-inhabited regions. 6,740 meters in height, Peak Kawagebo is one of the top 10 magnificent mountains in China and the highest peak in...
Gedan Songzanlin Monastery (噶丹·松赞林寺) is located in the north of Shangri-la County town, initially established in Ming Dynasty and extended in 1679 under Emperor Kang Xi’s authorization, and finally built in 1681. The fifth Dalai Lama named the temple “Gedan...
Potatso National Park (香格里拉国家公园—普达措, Pudacuo National Park) is the first national park in mainland China and was inaugurated on June 21, 2007. Pudacuo National Park is located in the central zone of the World Natural Heritage, Three Parrel Rivers in the...
The Three Parallel Rivers (云南三江并流) is a national level tourist area located in Deqen (Diqing) Tourist Zone. Diqing Scenic Zone is in the northwest of Yunnan. It connects Sichuan in the north and northeast, and Tibet in the northwest, with...
The hunting for Shangrila has been one of the favorite sports of Chinese travel literature in recent years. The title of "real Shangrila" was played at the end by three towns, Bingzhongluo, Deqen (Diqing or Deqing), and Zhongdian. In the end,...
Baoshan Stone Town - Located in the valley of the Jinsha River of Yulong County 110 kilometers away from the north of Lijiang. It got its name because over 100 Naxi families live in a compact community on a gigantic...
The Baisha murals were artistic religious works painted on walls of the Buddhist temples from the Wanli Years to the Hongwu Years of the Ming Dynasty. 白沙壁画 Baisha Murals map [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2289.905749274919!2d100.23025647945633!3d26.957255039265668!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x3720c8442fbf17ab%3A0x4b4f024ea31c43d0!2sBaisha+Bihua!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1494287116547&w=600&h=450] 55 of those murals survived in the 4 Buddhist temples...
Located at the foot of the south segment of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the Yufeng Monastery constructed in the Qing Dynasty is one of the most interesting temples of Lijiang area. 玉峰寺 The Yufeng Monastery map [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d4221.811076892369!2d100.19307231544249!3d26.991923983093496!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x3720c62063469277%3A0x968aff3a17535ce9!2sYufeng+Temple!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1494286116971&w=600&h=450] Planted in the Ming...
Laojun Mountain is the core scenic area in the “Three-Rivers Parallel Flow”. The highest peak of continuous Laojun Mountain, being 4240 meters above sea level, is renowned as “the ancestor of mountains of gods of Yunnan”. 老君山九十九龙潭 99 Dragon Ponds of...
Liming Red Sandstone - Located in Liming Country of Yulong County of Lijiang City, being praised by the geologists to be the mysterious valley belt owning the largest area red sandstone landform in China. Map of Liming county [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d67512.141684693!2d99.65264853082373!3d27.0532047449917!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x37213b21f0234eef%3A0xfcb23b6cebcc5413!2sLi+Ming+Duan%2C+Yulong+Naxizuzizhixian%2C+Lijiang+Shi%2C+Yunnan+Sheng%2C+China!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1494274312273&w=600&h=450] 黎明丹霞 the Red...
Located in Shigu Town of Yulong County of Lijiang City. The Yangzi River flows down from “the ridge of the world”-- the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau to Yunnan (called as the Jinsha River) passing by the northwest of Yunnan. 石鼓长江第一湾 The First...
Lying in the mountains between Ninglang County of Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County of Sichuan Province, the Lugu Lake (泸沽湖) is 69 kilometers from the Ninglang county town. The Mosuo People, who live on the Lugu Lake shores and belong...
One of the world-famous grand canyons, the Tiger-leaping Gorge is squeezed between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain of Lijiang Prefecture and the Haba Snow Mountain of the Shangri-la County. The Gorge has 18 dangerous shoals, and the scenery is breathtakingly...
The Black Dragon Pond Park at the foot of the Xiangshan Mountain in the north of Lijiang Old Town is commonly referred to as the “Black Dragon Pond”, and the Pond got its name Yuquan (Jade Spring) because of...
Shuhe Ancient town - Suhe (束河古镇) is an important component of the World Cultural Heritage--- the Ancient Town of Lijiang, which is one of the places where the ancestors of the Naxi People lived in compact communities. Suhe was an important...
Surrounded by mountains, trees and alpine meadows on three sides, the village looks like a fairy land. It is called “Gejiben” in Naxi language, meaning “a place for white cranes to play with water”. Map of the Jade Water Village 玉水寨 [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d2301.689316723035!2d100.20063955043665!3d27.00275963613907!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x3720c63ac5401103:0xee956f74607ce4d!2sJade+Water+Village!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1494172526993&w=600&h=450] Basic...
The Yulong Snow Mountain, 5,596 meters high, in Yulong County of Lijiang Municipality, lies to the north of the Ancient Town of Lijiang. It looks like a giant jade dragon and thus gets the name of Yulong Snow Mountain (the...
For centuries Lijiang was the center of Naxi culture, today it is a tourist capital. Lijiang Ancient City is located in Lijiang Municipality of Yunnan province in southwest China. It sits in the middle of Lijiang flatland on Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau....
Guide to Lijiang: The ancient city of Lijiang was built during the Yuan Dynasty. Lijiang once frequented by legendary travelers such as Joseph Rock and Bruce Chatwin, today it's a very popular destination in China and represents a certain...
Taiji fishing village is situated on a bend of the Bijiang river, near Nuodeng, in Yunlong County , Prefecture of Dali, Yunnan. The village is shaped like the Yin and Yang symbol. 太极 Taiji Fishing Village, Dali, Yunnan The village, now...
Located in Bingchuan County, the Jizu Mountain is the 5th most famous Buddhist mountains in China, with the reputation of “Holy mountain and Buddhist town”. 宾川鸡足山 The Jizu Mountain in Bingchuan County, Dali, Yunnan It is said that Mahakasyapa, a senior...
yunnan post

Yunnan Post

Xiangyun, Ancient Yunnan as well, stands on the bridgehead to spread the culture of Central Plains to Yunnan. 云南驿 Yunnan Post There is a brilliant pearl on the southwest Silk Road---Yunnan Post. The name of Yunnan originated from it. Yunnan County...
Xiangyun Shuimu Mountain

Xiangyun Shuimu Mountain

Located in Xiangyun County, being first set up in 813 A.D.. It is rumored that it is the holy land of monks practicing Buddhism and improving their attainments in Yunnan. 祥云水目山 Xiangyun Shuimu Mountain It is entitled the name “the Top...
Fengyu old town, Dali, Yunnan

Fengyu Old Town

Located in the southwest of Eryuan County, being one of the first famous historic and cultural towns approved by Yunnan Province. 凤羽古镇 Fengyu old Town The great tourist and geographer of  Ming Dynasty Xu Xiake called it as “Shangri-La”. Fengyu has...
Nanzhao Amorous Island, Dali

Nanzhao Amorous Island

Nanzhao Amorous Island is located in Erhai Lake southwest of Shuanglang Villag on the east bank of Erhai, Dali, Yunnan, China. 南诏风情岛 Nanzhao Amorous Island , Dali, Yunnan The main building on the island---Nanzhao Palace’s total building area is more than...
erhai lake

Erhai Lake in Dali

Erhai Lake used to be known as the Kunming River, the Xi’er River, and the Yeyu Pond is a famous highland lake in China. 洱海 Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan It was recorded as early as in the Han Dynasty. The lake,...
Dali old town gate

Dali old town

Dali Ancient Town, also known as Yu Town, lies at the foot of Cangshan Mountain in the west and faces Erhai Lake in the east. 大理古城 The Ancient Town of Dali The Ancient Town of Dali, at the foot of Cangshan...
Xizhou, Dali, Yunnan

Xizhou old town

The beautiful Xizhou is located in the Dali Municipality, along the road that goes to Lijiang. 喜洲白族古镇 The Ancient Town of Xizhou of the Bai people Flowers and birds patterns are meticulously carved on the wooden doors and windows of the...
Butterfly Spring, Dali, Yunnan, China

Butterfly Spring

The Butterlfy Spring is located under Yunnong Peak of Cangshan Mountain, being 25 kilometers north of Dali Ancient Town. 蝴蝶泉 Butterfly Spring, Dali, Yunnan In Bais’ mind Butterfly Spring symbolizes faithful love. On the 15th of the fourth month of the...
The Three Pagodas first built in Tang Dynasty are located 1 kilometer northwest of Dali Ancient Town at the foot of Yingle Peak, which are the most magnificent towers in the south of China. 崇圣寺与三塔 The Chongsheng Monastery and The...
In the backlit skies above Erhai Lake, a century’s old ballet of sky and water takes place each morning. 洱海 Erhai Lake, Dali, Yunnan The lake, located at the end of the Burma Road in Dali, which is situated in the...
Dali Cangshan mountain and Erhai lake

Cangshan Mountain

Cangshan Mountain in Dali Prefecture along with Erhai has two significant sceneries. The elevation of Malong peak, the highest peak of Cangshan Mountain, is 4122 meters. 苍山 Cangshan Mountain, Dali, Yunnan The top of Cangshan Mountain is capped with snow. Abundant...
Once, during the Tang Dynasty, Dali was the capital of the Nanzhao Kingdom. Later, during the Song Dynasty, the town became the capital of the Kingdom of Dali. The three most famous sights are the Chongsheng Monastery, the Butterfly Spring...
Lianxiang Pass

Lianxiang Pass

Located in Yaozhan Country of Lufeng County, being 19 kilometers away from the county town. 炼象关 Lianxiang Pass It is an ancient pass existing over 300 years. Lianxing Pass of Yaozhan is composed of four parts: Wudaoguan Building, ancient streets, residential...
Guanglu old town

Guanglu Ancient Town

Located in the north of Yaoan County, being 12 kilometers apart from the county town. It is a famous historic and cultural town of Yunnan. 光禄古镇 Guanglu Ancient Town The ancient town is surrounded by mountains and waters. The trees are...
Shiyang Ancient Town

Shiyang Ancient Town

Located in the northwest of Dayao County Town, being 35 kilometers apart from the county town. 石羊古镇 Shiyang Ancient Town, Chuxiong, Yunnan The ancient town has produced the edible salt for more than 2000 years. In Han Dynasty, people here have...
An ancient town with a salt production history of over 2 millenniums, the Heijing Town is located in Lufeng County of Chuxiong Prefecture. 黑井古镇 The Ancient Heijing Town, Chuxiong, Yunnan National AAA Scenic Spot. The Town has preserved vestiges of the...
White Tower of Dayao

The White Tower of Dayao

Situated on the top of Baoding Mountain outside the west gate of Dayao County town, the White Tower of Dayao, the only Tibetan lama monastery in Yunnan, is a treasure of the architecture of the Tang Dynasty and religious...
yuanmou man site

Yuanmou Man site

In 1965, two ape person's teeth fossils were discovered here. By the means of the measurement, they are known as the earliest in China and East Asia's teeth fossils which are apart from now about 1,700,000 years. 元谋人遗址 Yuanmou Man Remains,...
Lufeng is the home of dinosaurs of China; the World Dinosaur Valley at Ana Village is the biggest dinosaur fossils area in the world. The World Dinosaur Valley of Lufeng - Lufeng Dinosaurs Relics, Chuxiong, Yunnan In China, and even throughout...
Santan waterfall

Trip to Santan Waterfall

A provincial tourist region. Located in Zhaojiadian Country in the northeast of Dayao County Town of Chuxiong Prefecture. 三潭瀑布 Santan Waterfall, Chuxiong, Yunnan It collects waterfalls and drought dissolved caves, etc. the geological spectacle, being the good whereabouts for the scientific...
Located in the north of Yongren County Town of Chuxiong Prefecture, 16 kilometers from Yongren County Town and 190 kilometers from Chuxiong City. National AA Scenic Spot. 永仁方山 Yongren Square Mountain, Chuxiong, Yunnan The mountain form is special. It got the...
Lying 3 kilometers west of Wuding County town in the north of middle Yunnan. National AAA scenic spot. 狮子山 The Lion Mountain, Chuxiong, Yunnan It got the name because the mountain looks like that a male lion is prostrate,and the rock...
Located in Chuxiong Municipality, being 15 kilometers from the downtown. 紫溪山森林公园 Zixi Mountain Forest Park It is national level forest park, provincial natural protection area, provincial tourist region and national AA scenic spot. The scenic spots include Deyun Tablet, ancient rattan...
Chuxiong travel guide

Chuxiong Travel Guide

The Autonomous Prefecture of Chuxiong is located near Jinsha River, along the road from Kunming to Dali. 楚雄 Chuxiong, Yunnan Chuxiong is famous for the large number of dinosaur remains and fossils found in its territory, for the Human remains of...
Eshan is the hometown of Huagu Dance of Yi People as well as the first Yi Nationality Autonomous County in China. 峨山高香万亩生态茶文化旅游区 Gaoxiang Ecological Tea Cultural Tour Area of Eshan, Yuxi, Yunnan When you come to Gaoxiang Ecological Tea Cultural Tour...
The Dongjing Music performed by female troupes of Tonghai County might be the most attractive ancient music of the ancient Dian Kingdom. 通海女子洞经古乐 The Dongjing Music Performed by Female Troupes of Tonghai County One of the classic forms of the Taoist...
Located in Jiangchuan County, it is the first bronze wares museum in China. 江川李家山青铜器博物馆 Lijiashan Bronze Wares Museum of Jiangchuan The museum collects over 10,000 pieces between the Warring States Period and the Han Dynasty unearthed in the Lijiashan Ancient Graveyard...
Boasting a history of over 2 centuries, this opera is performed only in the Spring Festival days in Chengjiang County of Yuxi Prefecture. 小屯村的关索戏 Guansuo Opera of Xiaotun Village The masked actors and actresses wear no costumes and perform with ancient...
Located in Yimen County, national AA scenic spot. Here the mountain peaks are steep and beautiful, the woods are green and luxuriant, the pure springs are sweet. 易门龙泉国家森林公园 Longquan National Forest Park of Yimen, Yuxi, Yunnan Buildings and pavilions were set...
Nanen waterfall Yunnan China

Trip to Nanen Waterfall

Nan’en in the Dai language means the silver white water. It got the name because the waterfall is located on Nanen River. 南恩瀑布 Nanen Waterfall Nanen Waterfall is sited on the upper reach of Nanen River beside Enshuo Highway, being 5...
During every winter and spring, the terraces in the cloud sea appear one minute and disappear the next. 那诺哈尼云海梯田 Hani cloud sea and terraces in Nanuo, Yuxi, Yunnan Located in the Nanuo Country Government, 66 kilometers apart from Yuanjiang County town. ...
Xiushan Mountain lies in the south of Tonghai County, about 125 kilometers from Kunming. It covers an area of 1.55 million square meters, in which the ancient architectural complex takes up 3%. 秀山公园 | Xiushan Mountain in Tonghai County Basic Information Geographic...
Maotianshan Mountain Shales has become one of the first national geological parks in China and a base of scientific study and travel. 帽天山动物化石群 Maotianshan Mountain Shales Located in the east of Chengjiang County, 8 kilometers from the seat of the county,...
trip to xingyun lake

Trip to Xingyun Lake

Lying in the northeast of Jiangchuan County, it has a water area of 34 square kilometers. 星云湖 Xingyun Lake, Yuxi, Yunnan Its water quality is good, in addition, it is bound in chub and blunt-snout bream, etc. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d58165.53996479911!2d102.74723714342645!3d24.334428612157584!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x36d100166bb96bb3%3A0x7c9711ee9f37868d!2sXingyun+Lake!5e0!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1485219857268&w=600&h=450]
trip to fuxian lake

Trip to Fuxian Lake

Lying over 60 kilometers southeast of Kunming, it is the second deepest freshwater lake in China. 抚仙湖 Fuxian Lake, Yuxi, Yunnan It is an ideal summer resort because the water temperature changes a little between  summer and winter in addition to...
In the Stone Forest, local people in colorful traditional costumes are attractive to visitors. They are the natives here called Sani people (撒尼人), one branch of Yi people. In Yunnan, Yi nationality is the largest ethnic group which has wide...
Dali Three Pagodas

The History of Yunnan

Yunnan is the most world-famous cradle of life on the planet. Archaeologists have discovered on this land a large number of fossils and zeolites. Early history: Cambrian Period The Maotianshan Zeolites from the early Cambrian Period were discovered in Chengjiang County in...
Terrace fields of Yuxi

Trip to Yuxi

Yuxi prefecture lies in the heart of Yunnan, about two hours drive south of Kunming. It is a  beautiful plateau lake ecosystem city as well as the hometown of  Nie Er, the people’s musician. 玉溪 Yuxi, Yunnan The ancient civilization took...
Located in the prosperous downtown business district in Kunming, it stays in one of the several old streets being preserved in good condition in Kunming. 景星花鸟珠宝市场 Jingxing Flowers and Birds Market, Kunming, Yunnan In this street, the pedlars mainly sell flowers,...
Trip to Jiaoye Park

Trip to Jiaoye Park

Located beside the Qiongzhu Temple. In the park, there is thick vegetation, mountain springs, waterfalls, and pools. 郊野公园 Jiaoye Park, Kunming, Yunnan More than 3000 peach trees have already become the famous scenery in spring. In March, it is the best...
Trip to Haigeng Park

Trip to Haigeng Park

Located in Hanging Village being 8km from the downtown, extending 5km to the foot of the Western Hills. 海埂公园 Haigeng Park, Kunming, Yunnan The park landscape and the fishing village beside it merge into a single whole, which is charming.Four scenic...
This scenic area is located on the right shore of Tanglangchuan River to the northwest of Anning City, forty-one kilometers from Kunming. 安宁温泉 The Hot Spring in Anning City Since it is magnesium carbonic spring free from sulfur, it is useful...
trip to zheng he park

Trip to Zheng He Park

Zheng He Park, 67 kilometers from Kunming, is located in the town of Kunyang to the south of Dianchi Lake. 晋宁郑和公园 Zheng He Park in Jinning It is a theme park built to commemorate Zheng He, a great Chinese admiral born...
trip to Guandu

Trip to Guandu

Lying 8 kilometers south-eastern suburb of Kunming, it is one of the birthplaces of Dian Culture as well as one of Kunming Historic and Cultural Cities and Towns. 官渡古镇 The Ancient Town of Guandu There are such views as 5 hills,...
Panlong Temple, Kunming, Yunnan

Trip to Panlong Temple

It is located on the Panlong Mountain to the east of Dianchi Lake, 40 kilometers from Kunming. Panlong Temple, one of three Buddhism holy lands in Yunnan, was built in the Yuan Dynasty. 盘龙寺 Panlong Temple, Yunnan Panlong Temple was originally...
Trip to Caoxi Temple

Trip to Caoxi Temple

Caoxi Temple, at the foot of Longshan Mountain, is located on the west shore of Tanglangchuan River in Wenquan Town of Anning County. 曹溪寺 Caoxi Temple, Wenquan, Anning, Kunming, Yunnan The temple remains the architectural styles of the Song and Yuan...
bamboo temple

Trip to Bamboo Temple

Bamboo Temple lies on the Yu’an Mountain in the northwest of Kunming and 12 kilometers from the downtown of Kunming. 筇竹寺, Qiongzhu Temple, Bamboo Temple, Kunming, Yunnan The Yu’an Mountain winds for over ten li with green forest, springs and beautiful...
trip to yuantong temple

Trip to Yuantong Temple

Located in the downtown of Kunming, Yuantong Temple was first built in the Kingdom of Nanzhao in the Tang Dynasty. 圆通寺 Yuantong Temple, Kunming, Yunnan It is one of the earliest temples of Avalokitesvara in China. It consists of Yuantong Precious...
Located in No. 3 Xiaomeiyuan Lane, Shuijingong, Wuhua District, Kunming City. The main building is a two-story building with earth and wood structure combining Chinese and Western styles. 朱德故居 Zhu De’s Former Residence, Kunming, Yunnan In 1921, Zhu De bought...
Yunnan Military Academy was initially set up in 1909. 云南陆军讲武堂旧址 The Old Site of Yunnan Military Academy (Jiangwu Tang), Kunming It has fostered a large group of early military leaders of China. It's located near the Cuihu Park, in Kunming. [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3463.9807795807064!2d102.69892695045766!3d25.04802698388708!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x36d083c344fff0b7%3A0xbb62406f0b09ff26!2sYunnan+Lujun+Jiangwutang+Former+Site!5e1!3m2!1sen!2ses!4v1484923183276&w=600&h=450]
Trip to Zhong Ai Archway

Trip to Zhong Ai Archway

Located in the center of Kunming City, Zhong Ai Archway, Golden Horse Archway and Green Rooster Archways are situated in a tripartite confrontation, known as “three archways located in triangle”. 忠爱坊 Zhong Ai Archway Strolling among the archways, the ancient archways,...
First constructed in the Ming Dynasty, it is an emblem of Kunming with a history of nearly 400 years. 金马碧鸡坊 Archways of Golden Horse and Jade Rooster It is special that the wonderful view of “the sunlight and moonlight simultaneously reflecting...
Yunnan Provincial Museum first established in 1951 is a comprehensive museum in which cultural relics have been exhibited. 云南省博物馆 Yunnan Provincial Museum The number of objects in its collections has already exceeded 156000 pieces, the largest collection of its kinds, such...
Fubao Culture Town & Spa is located in Fubao Village, Liujia County, Guandu District, Kunming City, Yunnan Province. 福保文化城 Fubao Culture Town & Spa It is the biggest center of spending a holiday, the meeting reception and the cultural interaction in...
Xiaoshuijing Miao Nationality Village of Fumin County is the biggest and original ecosystem Miao Nationality village, located in the northwest of Kunming City and being 32 kilometers apart from downtown in Kunming. 小水井苗族村 Xiaoshuijing Miao Nationality Village Here you can see...
Located on the shore of Dianchi Lake in the southwest of Kunming, only 7 kilometers away from the downtown. 云南民族村 Yunnan Ethnic Villages It collectively exhibits the residential houses of the natural villages of the 25 minorities in Yunnan. It merges...
trip to kunming, trip to Cuihu lake

Trip to Green Lake Park

Located in the center of Kunming, it consists of Haixin Pavilion, Shuiyue Pavilion, Guanyu Pavilion and lakes. 翠湖公园 The Green Lake Park, Kunming, Yunnan In the park, there are lush growing flowers and trees, shady willows and crisscrossing banks. The branches...
Daguan Park, Kunming, Yunnan

Trip to Daguan Park

The park was first built in the reign of Emperor Kangxi 2 km southwest of downtown, facing the Western Hills across the Dianchi Lake. 大观公园 Daguan Park, Kunming, Yunnan The park has a distinctive sentiment of thriving flowers and trees; balconies...
The Western Hills park is located 15 km west of Kunming, and consists of Huating Temple, Taihua Temple, Sanqing Pavilion and Dragon Gate, etc. 西山森林公园 The Western Hills Forest Park, Kunming, Yunnan The Huating Temple in the mountain 2050 meters above...
trip to the golden temple, Kunming

Trip to The Golden Temple

Seated on Mingfeng Mountain 10 kilometers east of Kunming, it is the largest pure copper temple existing in China at present. 金殿 The Golden Temple Overview of the Golden Temple, the construction of the Forbidden City, the significance of the Forbidden...
trip to the expo garden

Trip to The Expo Garden

The site of 1999 International Horticulture Exposition, located in the northeast suburbs of Kunming, is a 4A national scenic spot. 世博园 The Expo Garden, Kunming, Yunnan The garden utilized the topography of the mountain and valley to display the achievements of...
Situated in Dong District of Kunming, the scenic area has a circumference of over 100 square kilometers taking Huashitou Village as the center. 东川红土地 Red earth of Dongchuan District The colorful rolling hills are the typical representatives of Yunnan red earth. [googlemaps...
It is located in the north of Kunming and got its name from its shape, which is similar to a jiaozi(sedan chair). 轿子雪山 Jiaozi Snowy Mountain, Kunming, Yunnan “The Sea of Clouds”、“ Buddhist Halo”、“the Sunrise”、“ the World of Ice and Snow”...
Trip to jiuxiang

Trip to Jiuxiang

Jiuxiang Limestone Caves, 47 km from the seat of Yiliang County, includes 66 caves in an area of 30 square km. 九乡 Jiuxiang, Kunming, Yunnan It is the largest cave cluster both in quantity and scale in China, boasting the home...
trip to kunming, trip to Cuihu lake

Trip to Kunming

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, one of 24 national historical and cultural cities in China, boasts the name of “Spring City” because it has a climate of eternal spring with warmth in winter and coolness in summer. 昆明 KUNMING On...
“Naigu” means old and black in the Sani language of the Yi People. It is about 10 kilometers from the Big Stone Forest and covers an area of 10 square kilometers, which is composed of the east area, west...
trip to the stone forest

Trip to the Stone Forest

The World Geopark, 78 kilometers from downtown of Kunming, located in the Stone Forest Yi Autonomous County is a national AAAA scenic area. 石林 The Stone Forest The Stone Forest formed 200 million years ago is of typical Karst landform and...
Nanuo terraced fields

Travel to Yunnan

Yunnan is not and does not coincide with the classical view of the Land of the Dragon. It 's a land border, inhabited by a mixture of ethnic groups characterized by a variety of costumes, languages, and traditions. YUNNAN TRAVEL...
In the depth of the rain forest of the southwest China, along the border with Myanmar, there is a quite mysterious ethnic minority group, the Derung people (Derung, Dulong, 独龙族). With a population of 5000-7000, they still follow their ancient...
Yuanmou is located about 5 hours journey from Kunming, the capital of Yunnan, in the Autonomous Prefecture of Chuxiong and it's famous for two reasons: the Yuanmou Man archaeological site and the atypical rock formations of the Earth Forest. The...
Exploring the area around Dianchi Lake: abandoned hotels , rocky mountains, caves, parks and vast meadows in bloom. The Dianchi is a long lake just south of Kunming, Yunnan, plagued by massive pollution, especially along the northern shore. Since late...
Every year Bai people in Heqing celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year. "Baizu are one of the ethnic minorities in China. Although most Bai people adhere to Buddhism, they also have their native religion of Benzhuism: the worship of ngel...
The Hani and Yi people are the creators of the monumental rice terraced mountains which have made Yuanyang famous. Yuanyang County (元阳县) is located in Honghe Prefecture in southeastern Yunnan province, along the Honghe (Red River). The prefecture is predominantly...
Mission to the Land of the Three Rivers (1933-1952) In 1035, St. Bernard of Menthon built a hospice on the Mont Joux, the most ancient pass through the Alps. Related: Lamas performing Cham Dance in Tibet The hospice was run by a...
Luoping county is 228 km from Kunming, not far from Guizhou Province. At early spring the yellow rapeseeds are in full bloom. Dominique Musorrafiti took these shots of Luoping with a Lubitel 166+, Fuji Velvia100F 120mm and Redscale XR film. Images...
Lijiang, in Yunnan, Southern China, is the major town of the old Naxi culture. Naxi people are one of the twenty six ethnic minorities of Yunnan. In 1997, the old town was included on the World Heritage list. Despite the...
Just one hour away from Kunming lies the stunning carsic formation known as Stone Forest (Shilin). The area was included included on the World Heritage list. Since then, the main area became a popular touristic destination. However, outside the border...
Not too far from Dali, lies Heqing, a beautiful and almost preserved example of the Bai people architecture. The Bai are one of the 56 ethnic groups officially recognized by China. Bai people literarily means 'white people' in Chinese, since...
Dwarfs empire in China - After two years we went back to the Empire of Dwarfs, a crazy theme park not far from Kunming. References to Snow White are disappeared, but dwarfs are still the main attraction. A number of...
Luna Park in China - Daguan Park is located on the shores of Dianchi Lake, in the southwest of Kunming City. In the last two year, the park expanded the funfair area. People from every age interacts with the rides....
An abandoned village by the curious history, about seven to eight hours drive from Kunming, lies not far from Yuanmou, Chuxiong County. Known by locals simply as the "ghost village" (guicun), once this place housed a hundred families. During the...
Traditional Dragon Dance performed by Bai elderly people in Heqing, Dali Prefecture, Yunnan. Dancers are called by local people to bring good luck for the New Year. Pictures by Matteo Damiani

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