By Sushmita Dhekne
Yunnan, or the ‘Land amongst the Southern Clouds’, is a popular destination for travelers from all parts of the world. Located in southwest China, the province’s much renowned diversity lies between snow-capped Tibetan peaks in the west and a distinct plateau region in the east.
Yunnan is known to have 50 of China’s 55 ethnic minorities, the largest number in the whole country, making it an amazing mix of cultures and people. With a history dating back 2,400 years, Yunnan is also an important site for archaeological discoveries such as the Bronze Age societies around Lake Dian and the oldest human remains found in China. Designated the title of ‘Global Biodiversity Hotspot’, the province also is home to the country’s largest number of species of flora and fauna.
The capital city of Kunming, also widely known as the ‘City of Perpetual Spring’, is located on a high plateau and boasts pleasant weather all year round. About four house north, the popular old town of Lijiang is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inhabited by the traditional Naxi people, the historic townscape of waterways and bridges is the ideal environment to wander through with your family. For the more adventurous, there are plenty of options for day trips and fun walking and biking activities.
A trip to the spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge, the world’s deepest river canyon, is a must for every hiking aficionado. Or, if you’d prefer to unwind and spend quality with your family, head to Dali and let your eyes feast on the beautiful Erhai lake.
In addition to natural beauty, Dali has plenty of lively markets and Bai villages to explore. What’s more, each season in Yunnan has a charm of its own making it the ideal destination at any time of the year.
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