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Yunnan, which literally means the south of the clouds, is the most diverse and colorful destination and recently the most popular destination in China. The most visited destinations are Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La. If you are interested in photography, Yuanyang Rice Terrace and Dongchuan Red Land are good choices. If you like the off-the-beaten-path places, you should not miss the Big Circle along Meili Snow Mountain, together with the Songtsam hotels, you can enjoy both the stunning landscapes and Tibetan Hospitality. From 2019, foreigners can travel overland from Yunnan to Tibet, which, even for the local Chinese, is a journey you should never miss.

For luxury travelers, Yunnan is a fantastic place to go. Besides the luxury resorts such as Aman, Banyan Tree, InterContinental, Shangri-La, etc., there are many luxury boutique hotels, such as Songtsam Hotels, Linden Center, LUX Resorts, The Hidden Valley Resort, etc.
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Basic Information

Yunnan is a province in the southwest of China. It spans approximately 394,000 square kilometers and has a population of 48.300 million (as of 2018). The capital of the province is Kunming. The province borders the Chinese provinces Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and the Tibet Autonomous Region and Vietnam, Laos, and Myanmar.

Yunnan lies in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast. Most of the population lives in the eastern part of the province. In the west, the altitude can vary from the mountain peaks to river valleys by as much as 3,000 meters. The province is rich in natural resources and has the most massive diversity of plant life in China. The Han dynasty first recorded diplomatic relations with the province at the end of the 2nd century BC.

Yunnan is noted for a very high level of ethnic diversity. It has the highest number of ethnic groups among the provinces and autonomous regions in China. Among the country’s 56 recognized ethnic groups, twenty-five can be found in Yunnan. Some 38% of the province population are members of ethnic minorities.

Due to its landscapes, mild climate and cultural diversity, it is one of China’s major tourist destinations.

Source: Wikipedia

Yunnan Travel Destinations