Feel, Do & See China
China is one of the largest countries on Earth. For that reason It is inevitably a land that offers plenty of activities and remarkable landmarks.
Where to start the exploration of such a vast territory that has so much to offer?
Do you know for instance Yunnan province? It’s without any doubts, one of the most well-preserved regions of China. Despite the fact that it’s rather unknown to the majority of western visitors. This southern province will not leave you indifferent with its numerous amazing landscapes such as its stunning rice terraced paddies, the breathtaking Tiger Leaping Gorge, or the picturesque region of Shangri La and its ancient Tibetan monasteries. Do not miss neither the many charming villages that are still habited by welcoming ethnic groups nor mysterious sites like the limestone’s formations (Rock Forest) in Shilin.
Yunnan has also a multitude of UNESCO-listed World Heritage treasures. Does the city of Lijiang, built by multicultural peoples around a surprising and sophisticated network of canals, ring your bell? Due to its proximity with the Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s deepest gorges, and the Jade Dragon Snow Mountains, this area proves to be a must-see for those who fancy trekking or hiking. It is also worth visiting the Black Dragon Pool which is one of the most beautiful viewpoints in all of China, with its peaceful and zen atmosphere. Do not forget to bring your camera though to capture the atmosphere through your lens!
Another highlight in the Yunnan Province is the city of Dali. Discover its old charming quarters that were erected by the famous Ming and Qing dynasties. A bit further, you can admire three tall and impressive pagoda towers. They are occupying a scenic location at the foot of Mt. Cangshan, facing Erhai Lake.
As we previously mentioned, the Rock Forest is located not too far from Kunming. That’s unconceivable to visit the limestone formations without spending some time in the regional capital. Have you heard about Kunming’s varied gastronomy, Birds and Flowers Market, the Yunnan Provincial Museum and its Golden Temple? Do miss these out.
Yunnan is an authentic cultural destination with Kunming as a start point. You can then explore the region’s rich and mind-boggling ethnic minority villages.
Why not also consider combining the fabulous Yunnanese landscapes with the magic of Luang Prabang, the famous “piece of paradise” in northern Laos? A steady and increasing number of visitors visit Laos nowadays. It is possible to connect Yunnan and Laos overland and Lao Airlines + China Eastern Airlines connect Kunming and Vientiane, the Lao capital. It is also possible to link by air Jinhong, Yunnan’s southern town, with Luang Prabang, the Lao preserved UNESCO-listed town at the confluence of the Mekong and Nam Khan rivers.