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China Expats Yunnan Travel Tips

Yunnan, abbreviated as Yun (Dian), is the capital of Kunming. It is located on the border of southwest China. It is adjacent to Guizhou to the east, Tibet to the northwest, Myanmar to the west, and Laos and Vietnam to the south. 

Yunnan has a pleasant climate all year round without severe cold and heat, and the scenery is unique. It has a long history and culture, and its natural scenery is gorgeous. Are you attracted by Yunnan’s famous tourist attractions such as the ancient city of Lijiang, Hani terraces, Dali ancient city, Yulong Snow Mountain, Erhai Lake, Dianchi Lake, Meili Snow Mountain, Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest, Dongchuan Red Land, Luoping Rapeseed Flowers, Yuanyang Terraces and other famous tourist attractions?  

The Main Tourist Cities of Yunnan Province


Kunming, the Spring City, is like spring all year round, with beautiful scenery, many wonderful mountains and forests, especially the scenery of Dianchi Lake, which is fascinating and definitely worth a visit.

Dongchuan Red Land
Dongchuan Red Land


Lijiang is a multi-ethnic settlement. In addition to feeling the various customs, culture and folk customs of ethnic minorities, you can also see the elegance of the ancient city of Lijiang.
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain


Dali has a mild summer climate. Traveling to Dali, you can truly feel the fusion of body and mind with nature.

Diqing prefecture

Shangri-la is located in a county-level city under the jurisdiction of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province. It means "sun and moon in the heart" in Tibetan. 

Shangri-la Potatso National Park
Potatso National Park

Honghe Prefecture

Yuanyang Terraces, located in the Honghe Prefecture, Yunnan Province, are masterpieces left by Hani people for generations. Yuanyang terraces are favored by many travel friends and photographers.

Xishuangbanna Prefecture

Persons entering the country by land: All medical observations and nucleic acid tests shall be carried out in quarantine in accordance with relevant regulations being implemented in Yunnan Province.

How to plan a Yunnan Tour

Yunnan is located on the border of southwest China, referred to as Yun (Dian), and its provincial capital is Kunming. Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La in the northwest region are currently the most popular areas for travel in Yunnan. Surrounded by beautiful mountain scenery, many tourists come here to experience the sentimental life in the ancient town every year.

The surrounding stone forests, Luoping rape fields, and Dongchuan red land are all worth seeing. Dongchuan Red Land, located in Yunnan Province, is the most concentrated, typical and characteristic red soil landscape on the Red Soil Plateau in Yunnan. Therefore, it has become a classic interpretation of "Colorful Yunnan" and is called "God's palette". It is considered to be the most imposing red land in the world except Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and is favored by many travel friends and photographers.

In southern Yunnan, there are not only Xishuangbanna, which is rich in style, but also the internationally renowned Yuanyang Hani terraced fields.

Recommend Yunnan Photography Tour


Reasons to travel to Yunnan

Go to the ancient city for vacation

It has become a way of life to temporarily escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the "old city", with sunshine, lanes, flowing water, and smoke. Wake up in the flashing lakeside hotel, or relax with a cup of tea under the undulating old eaves. Dali and Lijiang have long been synonymous with a leisurely and slow life.

Experience the cultural charm of ethnic minorities

25 ethnic minorities, including Bai, Hani, Dai, Susu, Wa, Lahu, Naxi, Jingpo, etc., give this land of Yunnan a unique cultural charm.

See the beautiful natural scenery

The scenery of Yunnan is diverse and pleasant. It has the beautiful hiking scenery of Lugu Lake and Erhai Lake, the ancient and dangerous road with three parallel rivers, and the secret Yubeng Village... thus it has become a resort for outdoor sports enthusiasts.

Top-rated Hiking Tour Route in Yunnan
Tiger Leaping Gorge Hiking

10 Days Amazing Yunnan with Tiger Leaping Gorge Trekking

Kunming, Lijiang, Qiaotou, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Shangri-la

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Participate in Songkran Festival

There are many ethnic festivals in Yunnan. Perhaps the most famous is the grand water splashing festival in June of the Dai calendar. Everyone splashed each other with clean water, praying to wash away the troubles of the past year. Xishuangbanna and Dehong have a humid climate, with sparse forests and rare birds everywhere. The lively festival atmosphere adds warmth to the rainforest scenery.

Taste the crossing the bridge rice noodles

Crossing the bridge rice noodles is the name card of Yunnan cuisine. It is eaten in a special way. Dozens of small dishes of ingredients are served together. The pre-cooked soup is kept high temperature, and the cooked ingredients are freshly blanched.

Best time to travel in Yunnan

Area Spring (February to April) Summer (May-August) Autumn (September-November) Winter (December-January)
Dali ★★ ★★  
Lijiang ★★  
Shangri-La ★★ ★★  
Kunming ★★    
Dongchuan Red Land   ★★  
Luoping Rapeseed Flower ★★      
Xishuangbanna ★★     ★★
Yuanyang Terraces       ★★

★★Best travel time : ★Better travel time

Yunnan is rich in tourism resources, and the scenery changes in four seasons. Due to the different terrain and latitude, no matter when you go to Yunnan, you can experience different scenery from winter to summer within one province. Among them, Northwest Yunnan (Dali-Lijiang-Shangri-La line) is suitable for travelling from spring to autumn. The specific best travel time is as follows:

February-April: Compared with the north, Yunnan will warm up earlier in spring. February-February is the best time to go to Luoping to see the sea of ​​rape blossoms. Kunming, the "Spring City" of this period, is in the most pleasant season, and the peach blossoms in southeastern Yunnan have also entered the flowering period. You can also go to Xishuangbanna around April to experience the grand water-splashing festival. Generally speaking, the climate is mild and there are many festivals.

Classic Yunnan Tour Recommended

10 Days Best Yunnan Tour

Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

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May-August: Summer is most suitable for visiting northwest and southwest Yunnan. In Lijiang, you can see the rhododendrons of Laojun Mountain from May to June. July to August is the best travel period to visit the summer scenery of Shangri-La; this stage is also the wild mushroom gourmet season in Yunnan, and the freshly listed mushrooms will surely fill you up mouthful.

September-November: In autumn, you can experience the fishing festival of the Erhai Lake in Dali, and you can also go to the Three Parallel Rivers Scenic Area on the Nu River to enjoy the infinite scenery along the road. In November, the century-old Ginkgo Village in Tengchong also has the most beautiful golden autumn scenery in Yunnan.

December-January: In Xishuangbanna and Yuanyang terraces, winter is the best season to travel. At this time, Xishuangbanna enters the dry season, the weather is sunny and comfortable; the world-renowned beauty of Yuanyang terraces can make people see the sunset from the sunrise.

Yunnan Travel Tips

Weather considerations

Summer in Yunnan is the rainy season, and the mountainous terrain is complicated. If you need to travel, you must pay attention to the weather and pay attention to safety.

Yunnan's ultraviolet rays are very strong. When the weather is clear, sun protection is required all year round. In addition to preparing corresponding clothes according to different travel times, you must also bring sunscreen, sunglasses, umbrellas, moisturizing lipstick, sun hats, gauze or headscarves (wind and sand).

Travel considerations

1. Summer vacation, winter vacation and November are the peak travel periods in Yunnan. Please pay attention to book air tickets and hotels in advance.

2. The consumption index of Yunnan Province is not high. Relatively speaking, the consumption of Kunming, the provincial capital, is slightly higher than that of other parts of Yunnan. There are many famous tourist destinations such as Dali and Lijiang in Yunnan Province. The cost of dining and accommodation is generally high, and the cost of accommodation varies greatly between peak and peak seasons.

3. Food and beverage prices in tourist hotspots are higher than those in ordinary towns.