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Yunnan China – Guide to Yunnan Travel Tours

Yunnan Travel Guide

Largely because of its gorgeous landscapes and pleasant climate, Yunnan is a favourite tourist destination of south west China. With beautiful Tibetan highland to the north and tropical rainforests to the south, Yunnan has a picture perfect backdrop and surrounds. Its mountainous landscape on a south facing slope means it has a peaceful climate through most of the year, making it a desirable escape from the extremes other regions experience.

This is the perfect getaway from the bright lights and bustling city life in a move toward the more traditional China. With preserved World Heritage sites dotted around the province, you can get an insight into what makes these areas unique by visiting the Old Town of Lijiang, the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan and South China’s Karst Mountains.

The Old Town of Lijiang dates back over 800 years and is rather unique in comparison to other ancient Chinese provinces with its distinctive architecture and culture. Take a stroll on the cobblestones through the old streets and stop in for a drink in one of the many bars littered along the way. Another feature of Lijiang is its musical culture, take the time to indulge in the ancient Taoist music of the Nakhi people or stick around for the Lijian Snow Mountain Music Festival.

In addition, one of the Northern Hemisphere’s natural beauties also lies in the Yunnan Province, the Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan. What is fascinating about this area is that all three parallel rivers originate on the same mountain range, Tanggula Mountain, yet even though they lie only kilometres apart, they never converge.

The third World Heritage Site in Yunnan is the South China Karst region. Lying over thousands of kilometres, these Karst Mountains form a fascinating landscape, even thought to be the finest example of stone forests in the world. You will be impressed with the steep rock formations lowering into crevices of calm water.

Other attractions to put on your ‘must visit’ list is the capital Kunming, a cultural and horticultural centre, the Tiger Leaping Gorge with its extraordinary ravine and fantastic hiking tracks, the famous Golden Temple atop Mingfeng Hill and the Three Pagodas in Dali with its symmetrical pillars.

If you decide to add this ancient Chinese province to your itinerary, take into account that its accessibility is limited to bus travel around most of the area while there are trains that can connect you to other Chinese cities.