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Yunnan Overview

Yunnan province is located at the southwestern part of China, sharing border with Thailand, Loa, and Vietnam. Formed with the rising of the Himalayas from the ancient sea, Yunnan has very complex topography. Most parts of Yunnan are in high and mountainous borderland, while there are also abundant rivers roaring through the deep valleys. The weather is peasant throughout the year, cool in summer and warm in winter. Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, is like spring all year round. Dali has the similar climate to that of Kunming. However, one could also experience diverse climate in some part of Yunnan, such as Lijiang has a rather cold climate, whereas Xishuangbanna is rather hot for most of the year.

Yunnan is so rich in natural resources; here visitors could find snow-capped mountains, mysterious deep valleys, calm highland lakes, magnificent Karst hills, tropical rainforest, and torrential rivers. Yunnan is also the most ethnically varied province in China. In addition to Han nationality, there are 25 unique ethnic minorities in Yunnan. Yunnan’s fascinating scenery, delightful climate, and colorful unique folk customs have attracted thousands of hundreds of visitors from the world. The Stone Forest, ancient city of Lijiang, Triple Pagodas of Chongshen Monastery, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Jiuxiang Scenic Region are just some of the many famous scenes to name.


Yunnan Major Attractions

Yunnan - Stone Forest

Situated in the Lunan Yu Autonomous County, the Stone Forest of Yunnan is 126 kilometers southeast of Kunming. A region of typical karst formation, the Stone Forest covers an area of 2667 square kilometers. The rising stone peaks and waves of green hills extend as far as eye could see. The astounding beauty is truly a natural wonder. Scientific research has shown that what is now the Stone Forest was a shallow sea 270 million years ago. A vast stretch of limestone sediment formed over the years on the seafloor. The seabed rose gradually as a result of the crustily movement. The shapes of the limestone were formed by million year’s exposure to rains, winds, and other nature elements. One would feel as if were standing in a bizarre fairyland in the Stone Forest when looking at those stone peaks, pillars, and stalagmites rose abruptly from the ground and towered into the sky.


Yunnan - Kunming

Kunming, situated in central Yunnan, is the capital city of Yunnan. Mountains on three sides and Dianchi Lake on the other side surround Kunming. It has an area of 15,600 square kilometers. The climate is like spring all year round, thus Kunming is also known as “City of Spring”, great place for sightseeing and a summer resort. The famous tourist sites in Kunming are Yunnan Ethnic Villages, the Qiongzhu Temple, the Golden Temple, Lake Dianchi, and Green Lake.


Yunnan - Jiuxiang Scenic Region

Jiuxiang Scenic Region, located in Yiliang County, is 90 kilometers from Kunming. It is famous for its mountains, caves, rivers, deep valleys, and local minority customs. The climate is similar to Kunming, mild all year round. The major scenery sites are the Green Shady Valley, the White Elephant Cave, the Goddess Cave, the Lying Dragon, the Bat Cave, and the Tourist Cableway.


Yunnan - Tengchong Scenic Region

Tengchong is a small historic trading town. Cobblestone streets and wooden building in older part of the town reminds its long history. Hot spring in southwest of Tenchong, Heshun Village, Mountains and volcanic cones are some of the tourist-interested spots.


Yunnan - Jianshui Scenic Region

Jianshui city was a very important trading city. There are many old buildings in the city for tourists to explore. Other tourist-interested spots include Zhilin Temple, Shuanglong Bridge, Jianshui Confucius Temple, Swallow Cave, The private garden of the Zhu Family, etc.


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