Sharing a border with Myanmar, Vietnam, Tibet and Laos, the diversity of China’s Yunnan province is what makes it so intriguing. An authentic cultural experience awaits in this land of dramatic rural landscapes, traditional minority villages and serene temples.
Far removed from the tourist trail, the beauty of Yunnan lies in its natural splendours and rich ethnical diversity. Kunming is the capital and its easy access to other regions makes it the perfect starting point for your journey through the province.
Tucked away in Yunnan’s northwest corner, the fabled city of Lijiang is one of the most beautiful parts of the province. The atmospheric Old Town, with its cobbled streets and winding lanes, dates back to the Ming Dynasty and is a protected World Heritage site. Explore the surrounding countryside to discover small villages reminiscent of the China of old, and venture to the north to find stunning scenery featuring the mighty Yangtze River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge.
Get another taste for traditional Chinese living in Dali, the ancient Bai minority capital. Easily explored on foot, the Old Town boasts classic stone architecture, a myriad of cafes and scenic views all around. Head up to the Cangshan Mountains for fresh air and terrific hiking, and make time to see the beautiful Erhai Lake.
Continue north to Shangri-La (formerly Zhongdian) to discover a world of snow-capped peaks, small Tibetan villages and welcoming locals. The adventurous will find plenty to do in the surrounding mountains, whilst the 300-year old Songzanlin Monastery makes for an interesting visit.
These are just a handful of places in Yunnan you could add to your luxury, tailor-made holiday to China. Speak to our experts to start planning your trip.