Where to go in Yunnan
List of regions
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.
It is well worth venturing out from Dali to Shaxi, a former Silk Route trading post where Tibetan merchants sold their sturdy horses in return for tea.
Picturesque Dali draws many visitors, attracted to an old town surrounded by Ming-era city walls and full of cobbled lane and stone houses.