Yunnan Province, referred to as "Yun" or "Dian", is a provincial administrative region of the People's Republic of China, whose capital city is Kunming. It is located in the southwest of China, bordering Guizhou and Guangxi in the east, Sichuan in the north, Tibet in the northwest, Myanmar to the west, Laos and Vietnam to the south, covering an area of 394,000 square kilometers. Yunnan has long been known as the "south of colorful clouds, the land of ten thousand miles of greens". Its magnificent, beautiful natural scenery, the southernmost snow-topped mountains in northern hemisphere, the lush primeval forest, steep and deep canyons, typical karst landform, making Yunnan a museum of nature. Besides, numerous historical sites in Yunnan, colorful folk customs, mysterious religious culture, adding its infinite charm. Yunnan worth your coming again and again!
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We are often asked by visitors traveling to Yunnan for the first time that how to make a comprehensive Yunnan tour schedule? In fact this is an unrealistic idea, even if you have time to spend two or three months to spend in Yunnan, it is very difficult to complete all scenic spots here. China Panda Tour's following recommended routes and Yunnan travel guide hopefully can do some help for you. Yunnan's tourism is various (snow mountains, rain forests, fresh water lakes, ethnic groups, ancient cities, karst caves and other characteristics). To sum up, it is simple and clear to be three directions and four routes. The so-called three directions: western Yunnan, southern Yunnan, east Yunnan. While the four essential routes are: Kunming - Dali - Lijiang - Shangri-la (most classic one); Kunming, Dali, Tengchong, Mangshi, Ruili; Kunming, Yuxi, Pu'er, Xishuangbanna; Kunming, Stone Forest, Jianshui, Yuanyang.
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Lijiang is a prefecture-level city, where the world famous old town of Lijiang located in. Lijiang region owns a year-round pleasant climate and a wide variety of tourist resources in the 20,600 square kilometers area. Lijiang Ancient Town is a UNESCO Heritage Site, ranking as one of the four best-preserved old towns of China. It is situated in the middle area of the county, which is more than 2400 meters high above the sea level. The town has a history going back for more than 800 years and was once a confluence for trade along the old tea horse road. Lijiang Old Town is famous for its orderly system of waterways and bridges. Lijiang differs from other ancient Chinese cities in architecture, history and the culture of its traditional residents, the Nakhi culture. It is very rare in China that such well-preserved minority ancient city still exists. The old town is quite busy in the afternoon and evening with an active atmosphere of the lights and crowd. Although many locals fear that due to much of the development, the old town of Lijiang will lose its pure appeal, tourism also boomed here that travellers from around the world flooded into Lijiang Ancient Town, including Dayan, Baisha and Shuhe.
Dali City is the capital city of Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture, which is located in central Yunnan Province. As the ancient capital of both the Bai kingdom Nanzhao, which flourished in the area during the 8th and 9th centuries, and the Kingdom of Dali, which reigned from 937-1253, Dali was also the center of the Panthay Rebellion from 1856-1863. Dali City is now a major tourist destination, along with Lijiang, for both domestic and international tourists. Dali Bai Nationality Autonomous Prefecture is about 338 kms away from Kunming City, with an area of 29459 square kilometers and a total population of more than 3.47 million people. Dali is famous for the many types of marble it produces, which are used primarily in construction and for decorative objects. In fact, Dali is so famous for the stone that the name of marble in Chinese is literally "Dali Stone".
Shangri-la the county was formerly called Zhongdian County but was renamed in 2001 after the fictional land of Shangri-La in James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon. The local Tibetan population previously referred to it by the name Gyalthang, which is the Tibetan name for Jiantang Town, the county seat. Originally, Shangri-La was a fictional place described in the 1933 novel Lost Horizon by British author James Hilton. Hilton describes Shangri-La as a mystical, harmonious valley, gently guided from a lamasery, enclosed in the western end of the Kunlun Mountains. Shangri-La has become synonymous with any earthly paradise but particularly a mythical Himalayan utopia, a permanently happy land, isolated from the outside world. In this novel, the people who live at Shangri-La are almost immortal, living years beyond the normal lifespan and only very slowly aging in appearance. In 2001, Zhongdian, a small Tibetan autonomous county officially changed its name to Shangri-la after a local man read the British novel Lost Horizon and discovered that the mythical realm of Shangri-la depicted in the novel bore a strong resemblance to Zhongdian.
Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province, southwestern China. Because of its year-round temperate climate, Kunming is often called the "Spring City" or "City of Eternal Spring". Kunming is the focal point of Yunnan minority culture. Twenty five ethnic minorities live within Yunnan. This is nearly half of the total number of ethnic minorities of China, and ethnic minorities make up about a third of the total provincial population. With a total area of 21473 square kilometers, Kunming owns a population of more than 7.26 million people. It is the political, economic, cultural, scientific center of Yunnan Province, also taken as China's important tourism trade city. Its economic importance derives from its geographical position. Positioned near the border with Southeastern Asian countries, serving as a transportation hub in Southwest China, linking by rail to Vietnam and by road to Burma and Laos. Though having a nearly 2,400 year history, its modern prosperity dates only from 1910, when the railroad from Hanoi was built. The city has continued to develop rapidly under China's modernization efforts. Kunming's streets have widened while office buildings and housing projects develop at a fast pace. Kunming has been designated a special tourism center and as such sports a proliferation of high-rises and luxury hotels.
Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture is located in the southwest of Yunnan Province. Xishuangbanna, meaning "ideal and magical land", is with mysterious tropical rain forest natural landscape and minority amorous feelings. Xishuangbanna is rich in nature, historical and cultural resources, noted for its folklore, rain forests, rare plants and wildlife. The prefecture has an area of 19,700 square km. Xishuangbanna is the home of the Dai people that the Water Sprinkling Festival hold in mid April every year is the most well-known and popular festival of Dai people in Xishuangbanna area. Xishuangbanna harbors much of the biodiversity of Yunnan Province, which harbors much of the biodiversity of China. In addition to an abundance of plants, Xishuangbanna is home to the last few Asian elephants still in China; the species roamed over a large part of the country even as late as a few hundred years ago. Jinghong is the capital city of Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, it is the largest settlement in this region and one that straddles the Mekong River, called Lancang River.
Honghe is short for Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture locates in southeast part of Yunnan Province. With Kunming in the north, Wenshan Prefecture in the east, Yuxi City in the west, and the socialist republic of Vietnam to the south, Honghe is a frontier minority autonomous prefecture where many ethnic groups live in compact communities. Jianshui Ancient Town and Yuanyang Hani Rice Terrace Field are two shining pearls in Honghe. In Jianshui, there are well-preserved and large-scale Confucian Temple, Chaoyang Building, Shuanglong Bridge, Zhilin Temple, Zhujia Garden and a large number of ancient buildings as well as dwellings, which can be called "Ancient Architecture Museum". The 190,000 hectares of rice terrace fields in Yuanyang County, showing both magnificent scenery and profound farming culture of the Hani minority, are deemed as the unique scene of human being rice-farming civilization. From an artistic point of view, Yuanyang's terraced fields have undoubtedly formed a new community of the plastic arts.