Yunnan stands apart from the rest of China on the southwest frontier, shielded from the rest of the country by the mountainous provinces of Sichuan and Guizhou.
Yunnan has an unmatched diversity of landscapes and peoples, from the high Tibetan fringes in the northwest to the tropical rainforests on the borders of Burma and Vietnam and mighty rivers that flow through the central plains, all home to over a third of China's ethnic minorities.
Top itineraries in Yunnan
Located in China’s south-western corner, Yunnan means ’South of the Clouds’ and in fact most of the province is located on lofty heights, over 2000 metres above sea level.
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Top places to stay in Yunnan
Deep in the heart of the majestic mountainous region of Zhongdian or Shangri-La in the province of Yunnan lies a secluded luxury resort, the Banyan Tree Ringha.
Where to go in Yunnan
Zhongdian, high in the borderlands between Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet, is the last major town before the Himalayas.
Picturesque Lijiang is the spiritual capital of the Naxi Kingdom, a minority descended from Tibetan nomads who live in Yunnan and Sichuan.
A stunning mountain road leads to the partially forested home of the Mosuo peoples, beside Lake Lagu on the border with Sichuan province.
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