Recommended package: Kunming+Lijiang+ Shangri-la+ Lugu lake+Xishuangbanna
Best time for travel: all year round
Yunnan means ‘the south of the colorful clouds’ in Chinese language, from which its beauty can be read. Being the most southwestern province in China, Yunnan enjoys quite different weather and scenery from other places of the country. Yunnan is also the province with the richest variety of plants in China. Within this single province, unmatched in the complexity and scope of its history, landscape and peoples, you’ll find a mix of geography, climates and nationalities that elsewhere on Earth takes entire continents to express.
Kunming, capital of Yunnan Province, is known as ‘the City of Eternal Spring’ for its pleasant climate and flowers blooming all year long. With a history of more than 2,400 years, it was the gateway to the celebrated Silk Road that facilitated trade with Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India.
Lijiang is considered a fairyland blessed with fresh air, clear streams, breathtaking snow mountains and an undisturbed landscape inhabited by a friendly group of people. It will be great to enjoy a quiet and pleasant holiday in its Old Town which is graced by well preserved ancient buildings and the Naxi culture.
Shangri-La is the “Eden in dream”. Since it first appeared in British novelist James Hilton’s Lost Horizon in the 1939, it has been associated with the mystique of a place which could not possibly exist here on Earth. In Tibetan, Shangri-La means the “sun and moon in heart”, an ideal home only found in heaven.
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Tengchong & Lugu lake
Lugu Lake lies on the border between Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province. It is like a beautiful pearl shining among the hills of the northwest plateau in Yunnan. Mystery and charm surround the lake, partly because it was once an unspoiled place and still retains much of its totally natural beauty, but mostly because the Mosuo people who live there form a matriarchal society. There is no marriage. Men stay in the women’s home as mates and the intimate relationship lasts as long as they like. Women operate production and management, and hold the principal position in the society, forming a modern day ‘woman’s kingdom’, which adds mystique to this place.