Visit Dali Old Town for its traditional architecture, minority cultures and simply to relax. But there is actually much to do and see in Dali City well outside the Old Town. With the beautiful CangShan Mountains and the Erhai Lake in the neighbourhood, it has a perfect natural setting.
With all 19 peaks over 3,500 m the CangShan mountains are an impressive site. Cross the mountains and get to Guanping. You will get inspired by nature and culture; the mountains are noted for a very rich and diverse flora, while cultural relics of the Bai and Yi people as well as the lively contemporary markets will make you feel in an undiscovered world.
Jianshui and Yuanyang tour. Jianshui being 'the Museum of Ancient Constructions'; more than 100 ancient temples, and 50 ancient bridges, while Yuanyang is a sea of colors and a thousand mirrors. Sawahs sculpted stairs of bright green in summer, yellow-green in autumn and after the harvest a thousand mirrors. From culture to nature and an extra stop in the only Mongol village in Yunnan Province.
Jinghong, the city where China meets laid-back Southeast Asia. Lush, tropical vegetation and plantations of banana and rubber trees cover a landscape of mountains. Buddhist temples stand amidst palm trees and rice paddies. Markets, temples, nature, and culture. Check it out...
Kunming is Yunnan's capital and an excellent starting point for your travels through Yunnan. Unesco listed Stone Forest is nearby in Shilin, an evening stroll in Green Park Lake helps you to completely feel in another cultural world. Discover Yunnan's restaurants, shopping areas, the traditional bird and flower market, and a lot more. Just get out there.
Is Lijiang truly one of China's most beautiful cities? At a height of 2,400 meters at the slopes of the Himalaya, it is certainly an inspiration and a refreshment. Regarded as the Venice of the Orient with its dizzying array of water canals, quaint bridges and cobble-stoned streets, Lijiang was declared an Unesco World Heritage Site in 1997. Lijiang was an important stop on the ancient caravan route to Tibet; it has an ancient history.
A travel experience in a frontier destination. Shangri-La at 3,200 m, formerly Zhongdian, is located in the far north of Yunnan province. Where the Tibetan world starts! Make some brilliant walks in the Old City and in nearby local forest PutaChao with its two lakes. Surrounded by the snow capped mountains. Songzanlin monastery and the possibility to experience butter tea are included in this module for a real Tibetan touch.
Shaxi and ShibaoShan. Because of their isolated location, much of its culture and historical landmarks have been preserved. Yi and Bai people of this area on the Southern Silk Road, meet every Friday on the Sideng Market. Add two ancient temples and magnificent views, and your tour is complete.