Yunnan Province, recognised as the most colourful and majestic region in China, is home to an amazing variety of exquisite natural landscapes, magnificent highland scenery and brilliant ethnic cultures, making it a must-visit for those travelling to China.
SHANGRI-LA: DISCOVER THE “EDEN” OF YUNNAN
Located in the northwest of Yunnan Province at an average altitude of more than 3,000 metres and embraced by towering mountains, Shangri-La is a land of sacredness and peace. Visitors have the opportunity to get a glimpse of popular attractions, for instance, Songzanlin Lamasery, the Meili Snow Mountains – the highest in Yunnan Province, Pudacuo National Park, Shika Snow Mountain and Shangri-La Old Town. Shangri-La is a rich blend of breathtaking natural resources and unspoilt historical relics, making it a must-see tourist attraction for every traveller.
LIJIANG ANCIENT TOWN: A WALK THROUGH TIME
At more than 800 years old, Lijiang Ancient Town in Yunnan is China’s most popular destination among domestic and foreign travellers. Located at an altitude of 2,400m, Lijiang is a great place for you to enjoy and experience a relaxing vacation thanks to its mild climate all year round. Lijiang stands out with its ancient tiled houses and cobble-paved streets that lead you to a whole host of awe-inspiring scenes. As one of the four best-preserved ancient cities in China and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, Lijiang provides travellers with a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
DALI ANCIENT TOWN: A FAMOUS HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION IN YUNNAN
If you are a fan of the famous wuxia film named The Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils by Jin Yong, you may know that Dali Town is the homeland of Duan Yu. Dali Ancient Town is home to marvellous natural spots, including Cangshan Mountain and Erhai Lake and a vast array of historical relics, temples, sacred shrines and ancient houses. Dali used to be the kingdom of the Bai ethnic minority from 937 to 1253. If you are looking for an authentic historical journey and to experience the ancient lifestyle, then Dali Ancient Town will meet that desire.
VISIT KUNMING: THE CITY OF ETERNAL SPRING
Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, has always attracted a huge number of tourists due to its spring-like climate and spectacular scenery. Located on the Yunnan–Guizhou Plateau, Kunming is beautifully covered with colourful blossoms and lush vegetation all year round. Additionally, the city is home to historical houses that embrace the emerald lake park – the jade of Kunming. Take a stroll around the city and you will definitely fall in love with Kunming’s splendour, blessed with karst landscapes, snow-capped mountains and red land, making it a haven for photographers.
SHILIN STONE FOREST: EXPERIENCE UNIQUE NATURAL STONE FORMATIONS
Shilin Stone Forest is known for its exotic stone formations, making it a geographical one-off, a sort of giant precious art gallery of natural stone formations. Located nearly 120km from Kunming and recognised as a World Heritage Site, the forest offers plenty of splendid vantage points. Your imagination can run wild with so many uniquely-shaped rocks that look like pyramids, temples or even animals. Notably, Mount Huaguo (The Mountain of Flowers and Fruits) – the Sun Wukong’s homeland in the famous film Journey to the West – also drew inspiration from Shilin Stone Forest.
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