Amazing Landscapes

Being situated in the Yunnan Province, Kunming has some excellent nearby travel locations such as Dali, Shangri-la, Lijiang and Xishuangbanna. Surrounded by a great number of beautiful destinations, Kunming stands out from other cities in China. If you learn Chinese in Yunnan, you will have the opportunity to explore the amazing landscapes during the weekend and meet the hospitable and down to earth locals.

Lijiang

Lijiang is an important transit point along the Ancient Tea Horse Road. It is home of Naxi people who have their own language and characters. Lijiang boasts spectacular natural scenery varying from snowy mountains and highland glacial lakes to majestic canyons, making it a great place for outdoor activity lovers. It is a healthy place to escape city stress, with an excellent environment and leisurely lifestyle.

Places to Visit in Lijiang:

Old Town of Lijiang, Baisha Village, Shuhe Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Shangri-la

Shangri-La is a mountain paradise, with dense forests, alpine lakes, grasslands, and gorges distributed among the meadows and plains. Shangri-La is home to more than 20 ethnic groups, with the Tibetans comprising the majority of the population. It is a great place to experience the Tibetan lifestyle and religion.

Places to Visit in Shangri-la:

Songzanlin Lamasery, Pudacuo National Park, The Meili Snow Mountains

Dali

As one of the famous tourist destinations in Yunnan Province, Dali is rich in historical and natural relics. It is also one of the main residence of Bai Ethnic Group. Its history stretches back to the kingdom of Nanzhao (8th century). The walled old city, from the Ming dynasty, contains traditional homes and towers from the Bai ethnic minority.

Places to Visit in Dali:

Three pagodas, Xizhou Village, Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Lake, Cangshan Mountain, Shaxi Ancient Town.

Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Yuanyang Rice Terraces are the Hani ethnic minority’s masterpiece of ingenuity. In unique shapes and sizes with thousands of years of history, they form a mosaic of colorful and breathtaking landscapes of natural beauty. Known as a “land sculpture”, the terraced fields have been officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site.

Places to Visit in Yuanyang: Duoyishu, Bada, and Laohuzui.

BEAUTIFUL KUNMING

Known as a “Spring City”, Kunming is home to some of the mildest and most pleasant weather of any city in China. During your time when learning Mandarin Chinese in Kunming, many exciting destinations await your discovery right here in Yunnan Province, just a short bus or train ride from Kunming. These include the mysterious Xishuangbanna, a wonder of the world; Lunan Stone Forest, the ancient kingdom capital; Dali, and the beautiful Lijiang under the snow-capped Jade Dragon Mountain, and the famous Shangri-La.

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Xishuangbanna

Xishuangbanna is known for Dai culture, distinctive temples and tropical rainforests. As a National Scenic Resort, it is rich in nature and historical and cultural resources, and is noted for its multifarious folklore, rain forests, rare plants, and wildlife.

Places to Visit in Xishuangbanna:

Manfeilong Pagodas, Ganlanba, Wild Elephant Valley, Tropical Botanical Garden.

Jianshui

Jianshui is one of the national famous historic and cultural towns of China. With a history of about 1200 years and an abundant distinctive cultural heritage, the ancient town enjoys a great reputation as a ‘Museum of Ancient Buildings and Residential Houses’ and attracts a lot of visitors at home and abroad.

Places to Visit in Jianshui:

Jianshui Confucius Temple, Zhu Family Garden, Double Dragon Bridge, the National Examination Site of Xuezheng (the National Education Ministry) of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Tuanshan Village.

Tengchong

Bordering Burma to the west, Tengchong is the important gateway for China to South Asia and Southeast Asia. As the famous hometown of overseas Chinese, cultural town and vital distributing center of jade, it boasts an important geographic position since ancient time. It is well known for its volcanic activity.

Places to Visit in Tengchong:

Heshun Ancient Town, Rehai Hot Spring, Gingko Village, The Cluster of Volcanoes, The Graveyard of the National Heroes.

Stone Forest

Kunming Stone Forest, Shilin in Chinese, is a spectacular set of limestone groups and the representative of south China’s karst landscape. Known since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) as the ‘First Wonder of the World’, it is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. An old local goes that if you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time. It is 2 hours drive from Kunming and is an ideal place for a one-day trip.

Fuxian Lake

Fuxian Lake, located in Yuxi, and 70 km (43 mi) from Kunming, is a famous freshwater lake in China. It covers an area of 211 sq km (81 sq mi) and the maximum depth is 155 m (508 ft) , making it the third deepest lake in China. The lake is so crystal clear that the ancients called it “a large area of shinning glass”. Apart from the beautiful scenery, this place is famous for a mysterious ancient underwater city. According to legend, two fairies descended to the earth and passed by this lake. They indulged in the beauty of the scenery and were reluctant to leave. Finally, they turned into two stone women with their hands on each other’s shoulders, which is the meaning of “fuxian” in Chinese.

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