Famous Landmarks in Yunnan
are considered the Name Cards of this province, such as the Stone Forest in Kunming, Lijiang Old Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, etc. ancient and new. These are also top attractions in Yunnan which are well known in both domestic and abroad. Now Come with Top China Travel, to witness and appreciate those famous Yunnan Landmarks.
Stone Forest, Kunming
As one of the representatives of China South Karst landform, the Stone Forest
is famous in the world for its unique scenes that peaks rise steeply and dangerous stone are towering into the sky.
The magnificent, strange and steep landscape of the Stone Forest creates countless labyrinthine vistas, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics. Geologists say that the Stone Forest is a typical example of karsts topography. Approximately 270 million years ago - during the carboniferous period of the Paleozoic era - the region was a vast expanse of sea.
Recommended tour: 4 Days Kunming Essence Tour
(Attractions: Western Hill & Dragon Gate, Village of Ethnics Culture, Qiongzhu Temple, Stone Forest)
Dali Ancient City, Dali
About 13km away from Xiaguan in Dali
, Dali Ancient City is one of Dali's three Ancients-ancient cities, ancient pagodas and ancient steles. History of Dali can be dates back to 1382 during the Ming Dynasty and it has been listed among the top historic cities of China.
Unlike any other Chinese town, the traditional Bai ethnic folk houses give the town distinctive feel. The town's layout was uniform, with five main streets from south to north and eight main streets from east to west, while marketplaces were neatly arranged within the town, which has remained unchanged to this date.
Lijiang Old Town, Lijiang
Lijiang Old Town
, which is perfectly adapted to the uneven topography of this key commercial and strategic site, has retained a historic townscape of high quality and authenticity. Its architecture is noteworthy for the blending of elements from several cultures that have come together over many centuries. Lijiang
also possesses an ancient water-supply system of great complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.
There is a lifestyle called “Lijiang”. With the international fame for a few decades, Lijiang gradually become a word referred to the leisure life. If you have been to Lijiang, you will unconsciously stop for a while to get a touch with paradise.
Lugu Lake, Lijiang
is famous for its unique marriage culture – walking-marrige custom. This custom is an exceptional “living fossil of the matriarchal society”.
Lugu Lake is located between Ninglang County in Yunnan Province and Yanyuan County in Sichuan Province, about 300km away from Lijiang. It is a plateau lake with a total area of 52 square kilometers, 2,685 meters above the sea level. The average depth is 45m, and the deepest point being 93m. The lake remains an uncontaminated plateau lake with the crystal-clear water.
Lugu Lake is embraced in green mountains. The best-loved one by the Mosuo people is the Holy Gemu Mountain (the Lion Mountain). The local people worship it as their Goddess Gemu. On 25th July of each lunar year, they will gather at the foot of the mountain for a great sacrificial rite.
Meili Snow Mountain, Shangri-La
Meili Snow Mountain
towers over the landscape in the west of Deqin County (Shangri-la
) in the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Also known as 'Prince Snow Mountain', it is the most sacred mountain the in the world. Meili Mountain has long been famous for Kang Karpo Peak, Yunnan's tallest mountain - 6,740m above sea level. Among one of the eight sacred mountains the Tibetans worship, it looks like gilded when the sun rises. There are 13 lesser peaks around it, each more than 6,000m above sea level.
The best season for visiting Meili Mountain is from January to May, during the time it has snow-capped peaks, dense forests, vast grasslands and beautiful wild flowers. The rainy summer season makes the trail muddy and difficult. The place is also nice from mid-October to mid-November when it is covered with marvelous autumn colors. Winter is cold and heavy snowfalls may block roads and isolate the region for weeks or months.
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