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Yunnan

Yunnan is a province of the People's Republic of China, located in the far southwest of the country spanning approximately 394,000 square kilometers (152,000 sq mi) and with a population of 45.7 million (2009). The capital of the province is Kunming. The province borders Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam.

Yunnan became part of the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD) during 2nd century BC. It became the seat of a Tibeto-Burman speaking kingdom known as the Kingdom of Nanzhao in the 8th century AD. Nanzhao was multi-ethnic, but the elite most likely spoke a northern dialect of Yi, which became established as the prestige dialect (see Nuosu language).  Ethnic minorities in Yunnan account for about 34 percent of its total population. Major ethnic groups include Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Dai and Miao.

Yunnan means literally south of the colorful clouds for its name. The province is one of the most diverse in ethnic minority groups, life of plants and animals, mineral resources in China. The northwest Yunnan is heavily influenced by bordering Tibet and its south is proximity to Laos and Burma. The province is famed for its 25 ethnic groups (55 officially recognized in China), whose population take up over one-third of total in Yunnan. Diverse customs, traditions and cultures of ethnic groups can still be seen today and be mainly featured by Yi torch festival, Bai minority in Dali, YuanyangHani tribe terrace culture, Dai Water Splashing Festival, Zhuang opera, Miao songs and more.

Tours
14-day Shanghai Hangzhou Zhangjiajie Kunming Bullet Train Tour

14-day Shanghai Hangzhou Zhangjiajie Kunming Bullet Train Tour

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14-day Shanghai Hangzhou Zhangjiajie Kunming Bullet Train Tour covers the tourist highlights such as the Bund of Shanghai, West Lake, Phoenix Ancient Town, Tianmen Mountain, Zhangjiajie Forest Park and Stone Forest in Kunming.

18-day Guangzhou Guilin Guiyang Kunming Lijiang Bullet Train Tour

18-day Guangzhou Guilin Guiyang Kunming Lijiang Bullet Train Tour

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18-day Guangzhou Guilin Guiyang Kunming Lijiang Bullet Train Tour covers the highlighted tourist attractions of Guangdong, Guangxi Guizhou and Yunnan in Southwest China.

15-day Best China Golf Tour

15-day Best China Golf Tour

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China tour operator offers 15 days top site and club experience to play Golf in Shanghai, Suzhou, Beijing, Xian, Kunming, Hong Kong and more resorts...

16-day Xinjiang Gansu Yunnan Sichuan Tibet Tour

16-day Xinjiang Gansu Yunnan Sichuan Tibet Tour

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16-day Xinjiang Gansu Yunnan Sichuan Tibet Tour tour to visit Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan, Lanzhou, Xi'an Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Lhasa, Leshan, Chengdu in Northwest and Southwest China and more....

12-day Trails China Hiking Tour

12-day Trails China Hiking Tour

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12 days China hiking, trekking tour package is to go through Beijing Great Wall, Kunming Stone Forest, Lijiang Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shanghai China resorts and more...

16-day Southwest China Essence Tour

16-day Southwest China Essence Tour

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The 16-day Shanghai Guilin Kunming Dali Lijiang Shangrila Chengdu Leshan to Li River, Yangshuo, Longji Terraces, Stone Forest, Dali Lijiang Old Town, Panda Bases, Leshan Buddha, Mt.emei and more....

12-day China Tea Business & Chinese Tea Culture Tour

12-day China Tea Business & Chinese Tea Culture Tour

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This 12 days China Tea Tour thru Shanghai Hangzhou Xiamen Wuyishan Yunnan Pu'er for Chinese tea culture & tea business to visit Dragon Well Longjing Tea, Anxi Tieh-Kuan-Yin, Wuyishan Rock Tea, Da Hong Pao and Yunnan Pu'er Tea and more....

18-day Shanghai Yangtze Chongqing Yunnan Guilin Guangzhou Tour

18-day Shanghai Yangtze Chongqing Yunnan Guilin Guangzhou Tour

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This 18-day Shanghai Yangtze Chongqing Yunnan Guilin Guangzhou Tour is featured by unique landscape of mountains and peaks, rivers and lakes, ethnic culture and buildings, Southern China always enjoy great popularity among travelers worldwide.

Attractions
Kunming Flowers & Birds Market

Kunming Flowers & Birds Market

The Kunming Bird Flower Jewelry MarketFlowers and Birds Market (The Jewelry, Flowers and Birds Market) in the old street, is the biggest and famous of its kind in Kunming, it is the most interesting attraction within the downtown area of the city.

Dianchi Lake

Dianchi Lake

Dianchi Lake is also known as Kunming Lake, which is placed at the foot of the Western Mountain to the southwest of Kunming. It is the largest lake of Yunnan and the sixth largest freshwater lake in China.

Xishuangbanna  Tea Fields

Xishuangbanna Tea Fields

Located in China's Yunnan Province, the county of Xishuangbanna is world-famous for its puer tea. Puer tea is a post-fermented tea which is famous for its rich flavor and aroma.

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple

The Yuantong Temple (Yuantong Si) is the largest Buddhist complex in Kunming, and is a target for Buddhist pilgrims. It's located on the south side of the Yuantong Hill and adjacent to the Kunming Zoo.

Mountain Laojun

Mountain Laojun

Mountain Laojun Lijiang, Yunnan ToursThe Mountain Laojun stands 70 km upward the First Bend of Yangtze River. It is known as the "Grandfather of all mountains in Yunnan Province", according to the myth.

Naxi Dongba Ancient Music

Naxi Dongba Ancient Music

Naxi Ancient Music (Dongba Ancient Music) was listed as one of the masterpieces of the oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Known as a "living fossil," ancient Naxi music originated from Taoism music that dates back to the Tang dynasty.

Shuhe Ancient Town

Shuhe Ancient Town

Shuhe Old Town in Lijiang is a well-preserved example of township along the ancient tea route and one of the earliest settlements of Naxi people's ancestors.

First Bend of the Yangtze River

First Bend of the Yangtze River

About 51km outside of Lijiang, the Yangtze River makes a sudden V-shaped bend and flow to the northeast. This extraordinary turn, nearly 180 degrees, creates breathtaking views that startle the imagination.

Zhou Old Business Town

Zhou Old Business Town

Located outside of Yunnan Dali City, the Zhou Village is a beautiful and unique village populated by the Bai Ethnic Minority Group. The village is situated at the foot of Cangshan Mountain, which adds to the beauty of it.

Dali Ancient Town

Dali Ancient Town

Yunnan Dali Ancient Town's location and architectural beauty make it a favorite with visitors for architecture and culture of the Bai Ethnic Minority Groups, which gives the town a unique atmosphere and appearance.

Songzanlin Monastery

Songzanlin Monastery

The largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery like Potala Palace in Yunnan, Ganden Sumtseling Monastery is full of treasures such as golden josses, golden lamps, lections and silver censers.

Dali Sanyue Street

Dali Sanyue Street

Located at the foot of the Zhonghe Peak, the Sanyue Street is a traditional trade fair for Bai people in Dali. The fairs are held in March in lunar year and it last for 5 to 7 days.

Chongshengsi Three Pagodas

Chongshengsi Three Pagodas

Outside the Dali Ancient Town, the Three Pagodas are arranged in a triangular pattern and the temple complex are back up to the Cangshan Mountains and face Erhai Lake. It is said that the pagodas were built to protect the people living in the area.

Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake

Lugu Lake lies 280 kilometers from Lijiang City, on the border between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province.

Dali Bai Prefecture Museum

Dali Bai Prefecture Museum

With high roofs and yellow tiles, the imposing architecture of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture Museum (Dali Municipal Museum), stands in Xiaguan's northeast sector near the approach to Erhai Park.

World Horticultural Exposition Garden

World Horticultural Exposition Garden

Kunming World Horticultural Exposition GardenThe Kunming World Horticultural Exposition Garden is a super exhibition hall, where beautiful landscapes duplicated from all over the world are showed.

Xizhou Village

Xizhou Village

Dali ancient Xizhou Village is featured by its Bai Ethnic Minority architecture with famous mansions such as the Yan Compound and the Hou Compound. The village flourished in the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and became well known as home to tea merchants.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

With their amazing landscape, unique shapes, and ethnic customs and culture deposit behind themselves, Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces are the excellent places you must take your cameras there.

Baoshan Stone City

Baoshan Stone City

This mysterious Naxi citadel hides deep in the green Jinsha River Valley northeast of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Just like the Inca city of Machu Picchu, Baoshan is also a stone city (properly speaking, it is a small stone village).

Baisha Old Town

Baisha Old Town

Lijiang Baisha Village is one of the oldest towns in Lijiang City. The town is famous for profound Naxi ethnic culture and well-preserved ancient Mural Paintings.

Butterfly Spring

Butterfly Spring

The Butterfly Spring is situated at the foot of Yunnong Peak of Cangshan Mountain. The water here is crystal clear and the place where the spring bubbles up attracts people with its tranquility.

Stone Forest

Stone Forest

Located 120 kms outside of Kunming, the Stone Forest has incredible karst limestone rock formations with bizarre shapes formed of millennia of wind and rain. The rock formations do resemble a forest made of stone and small ponds dot the area, adding to its beauty.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world's deepest river canyons, is famous for its breathtaking scenery of rock and water. It got its name from the legend, in China's ancient past, a tiger, fleeing from a hunter jumped across the gorge.

Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake

Dali Erhai Lake has an ear shape covering an area of 250 square kilometers, 1,972 meters above sea level. The lake is an important fish source of food for the local Bai Ethnic Minority Groups.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Located outside of the Lijiang Old Town, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is sacred to the Naxi Dongba Ethnid Minority Group. The mountain has 13 peaks with the highest being 5,600 feet tall and is 35 kilometers long.

Areas of Three Parallel Rivers

Areas of Three Parallel Rivers

The Protect Areas of Three Parallel Rivers (the Three Parallel Rivers Of Yunnan) are located in northwestern Yunnan Province, covering the three prefectures of Diqing, Nujiang, and Lijiang, including, specifically, Deqin County, Lisu Autonomous County of Weixi, Shangri-La County....

Yunnan Ethnic Village

Yunnan Ethnic Village

Maybe the Yunnan Ethnic Village (or Yunnan Nationalities Village) is one of the most interesting and attractive tourist highlights in southwestern China. It is located in the city of Kunming somewhere southwest of the city, near the Dianchi Lake.

Lijiang Old City

Lijiang Old City

Yunnan Lijiang Old City is famous for its incredible intact ancient architecture groups preservation in China that has not changed for centuries. All the buildings and the newer ones were set up with the same materials and construction methods that have been used for centuries, allowing them to blend into the city.

Yunnan Yi

Yunnan Yi

Located in Xiangyun County, Bai Autonomous Prefecture of Dali City, Yunnan Yi gets its name due to the establishment in Yunnan, Ming and Qing Dynasty; it belongs to the old haunt of Yunnan County in Han Dynasty and Yunnan Shire in Wei and Jin Dynasty.

Black Dragon Pool

Black Dragon Pool

Walking from the Lijiang Old City, visitors can see the Black Dragon Pool in the Jade Spring Park built in 1727, during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). The pool offers incredible views of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.

Tips

Things To Do In Yunnan

Located in the south of China, Yunnan Province is one of China’s most visited provinces. Yunnan has a wonderful year round climate, incredible natural resources, ancient towns, and almost one third of China’s Ethnic Minority groups. Visitors never fail to leave the province wanting more.

Transportation in Yunnan

Not many flights reach Dali from other China cities apart from Kunming and Xishuangbanna(destinations: Kunming 35 min, Xishuangbanna 50 min).The Dali Airport aka Huangcaoba Airpor

Yunnan Shopping

Yunnan Province is famous for its Ethnic Minority Groups, ancient towns, and unique culture. It is these things which make Yunnan a shopper’s paradise.

Yunnan Weather

Located in a subtropical highland climate, Yunnan has some of the mildest climates in China. It has short cool dry winters and warm humid summers. The weather never gets very hot in the summer

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