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Escorted Tour - Yunnan Overview

Yunnan Province lies on China's southern border. It is located in the center of the country, roughly, east to west. Yunnan lies on a subtropical latitude, with the Tropic of Cancer running across its southerly reaches. To the west lies Myanmar; to the south, Laos; to the southeast, Vietnam; to the east, China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (aka Guangxi Province); to the east-northeast, China's Guizhou Province; to the north, China's Sichuan Province; and to the northwest, Tibet Autonomous Region. The nan of Yunnan means "south" while the Yun of Yunnan refers to the Yun Ling Mountains, or the Yun Range to be more correct, as ling means "range". Like Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, or Xinjiang, for short, Yunnan Province is surrounded by one of the largest number of political (foreign) and administrative (domestic) entities in China (Xinjiang has the distinction of being surrounded by the largest number of foreign countries among all of China's provinces and regions).

Renowned Yunnan Tourist Attractions
Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land is located in the town of Xintian, 40km southwest of Kunming City, near the milepost named “Flower Stone”. The area covering over hundreds of square meters is the most concentrated, typical and unique red land on the Yunnan red land tableland. Besides the red land in Rio de Janeiro, the spectacular red land of Dongchuan is healed the most magnificent red land in the world. Comparing to red land in Brazil, the scenery here is even more beautiful.

Heading to the north from Kunming, you’ll be always on rugged winding roads. Overlooked from mountains, white plain formed by debris flows will be in your visual field. Dongchuan has been healed “the museum of debris flows”. You can never imagine such amazing scenery without having been to Dongchuan.

Because of the humid and worm climate, the iron elements in the soil have been depositing year by year after oxidation, and then the glaring color is formed after centuries. Dongchuan has also been called “natural copper capital” since the ancient time. Glaring red land, green vegetable plot, unique shape and beautiful figure are set off by the blue sky, white cloud and capricious ligh, which is the whole dream-like picture, is just like the colorful paintingsthat make you feel dizzy.

Stone Forest

The Stone Forest has unique karst topography which is one of the best of its kind within China. There are six scenic spots in the Stone Forest: the Greater Stone Forest, the Lesser Stone Forest, the Naigu Stone Forest (also known as the Heisong Cave), the Zhiyun Cave, the Long Lake, the Da Dieshui Waterfall and the Qifeng Cave. The stelae and the stalagmites are erecting abruptly from the ground forming a magnificent stone forest. Looking from afar, the stone forest looks amazingly like a mighty army of thousands of soldiers. Strangely the stones stay stainless and keep themselves away from dust and dirt seemingly naturally. Walking through the stone forest was quite an adventure and an unforgettable experience.

Lijiang Ancient Town

Lijiang Old Town, originally a village, is located on the outskirts of the present-day city of Lijiang, Yunnan Province. The old, original village is built around the concept of a network of canals that were intended to provide water to each and every household. The source of the water is Black Dragon Pool, a natural spring from which arises 3 small rivers, denoted simply as the East, West, and Middle rivers.

From these 3 rivers, a clever network of walled canals was dug, with the walls of the canals forming one side of the foundation of the canal-side houses. Many of the canals are rather narrow, not more than 8-10 meters wide. Most of the Old Town's houses stand so close together and in such an orderly fashion. It is said that their roofs, seen from above and at a slight angle, form neat rows that suggest the teeth of a comb.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge stretches from the Qiaotou village through the Zhongdian County and eventually ends at the Daju Town, Lijiang Ancient Town. The gorge is 18 kilometers long situating along the upriver of the Jinsha River, or the Golden Sand River.

It can be divided into three parts based upon its hypsography characteristics: the upper gorge, the middle gorge and the lower gorge. The most famous scenic spots are the Mouth of the Gorge and the Tiger Leaping Pebble, both of which are on the upper gorge.

The Mantianxing Reefs Area and the Yixiantian in the middle gorge are the two most famously known dangerous spots. One can tell the arduousness from their names, Mantianxing Reefs meaning that there are so many reefs that it looks like a starring sky, and Yixiantian meaning huge rock cracks.

The name of the Tiger Leaping Gorge comes from a legend. The story goes like this: once upon a time, there was a tiger trying to leap across the narrowest part of the gorge, which was merely 30 meters wide. The reefs in the gorge are grotesque in shape. There are 21 rapids, 10 waterfalls and 10-meter drops along the Golden Sand River.

Geographically speaking, the Tiger Leaping Gorge is formed as a result of crust movement in Jinsha River area and the Yulong Snow Mountain (the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain). The gorge is not only a scenic area but also a place with abundant natural resources. Experts believe that it is feasible to build a hydroelectric dam at Tiger Leaping Gorge.

The Tiger Leaping Gorge area is the birthplace of the ancient culture of Lijing. There are many caves that were naturally formed houses for the ancient primitives. Rock paintings and carvings found in the caves depict the lives of ancient tribes. It has become one of the most popular tourist attractions at Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Baisha Frescos

The 44 pieces of Murals here were carved in the early Ming Dynasty. Most of the paintings depict religious stories from Taoism, Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. They also exemplify the artistic characteristics of the Naxi, Tibetan, Han, and Bai ethnic groups. Among them, the paintings of Guan Yin and Sakyamuni are the most famous. Perhaps more than anything, the Baisha Frescos, also known as Lijing Frescos, have become precious data for studying the history of Chinese arts and religion.

Also present in the palace are a collection of mural paintings and more than 100 statues depicting ancient tales with their fine lines, smooth carvings, rich colors, vivid patterns, and harmonious composition. Most of these old stories are religious tales and activities of Taoism, Buddhism, and Tibetan Buddhism. They are valuable treasures of China’s painting history and cultural heritage.

Recommended Tours:

Tour Lines Tentative Duration Rate (USD)
Jiuxiang Cave Scenic Area,
Black Dragon Pool,
Shuhe Ancient Town,
Mufu Mansion,
Wang Gu Tower,
Dayan town square street,
Baisha mural,
Dongba valley,
Dongba Park,
Locke's former residence
Two days
Service include: 2 night accommodations, one way air ticket, admission fee, English speaking tour guide and meals.


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