Luxury Yunnan Tours
Yunnan-云南, is an attractive ethnic minority destination and you will be amazed by the Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road or by the leisure time in Lijiang. The great snow mountain and an ethnic market or village will also amaze you. The Tiger Leaping Gorge and the red lands are also fascinating. While the great movement of terraced fields and the tropical rain forest sights are a must see.
"As for comments on tour guides, we absolutely loved our guide in Lijiang, she was wonderful. One of the best guides ever anywhere in Asia. Although, we did not have a lot of time together, our guide in Kunming was very nice, insightful and natural... By Val from USA" Read More
7-10 Days: Kunming, Dali, Shaxi Ancient Town, Lijiang Ancient Town and Shangri La
In the 10 day “Classic Journey to South of the Clouds Yunnan” tour, you will visit the following must see destinations including: Kunming, Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang and Shangri La. Yunnan, which literally means South of the Clouds, lies to the south of the Tibet-Qinghai Plateau. Here you will visit villages and meet the Bai, Naxi, and Tibetan ethnic minority communities, as well as an ancient trading post along the Tea & Horse Caravan Trail.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
8-12 Days: Kunming, Lijiang, Shangri La/zhongdian, Deqin/Meili Snow Mountan
Meili Snow Mountain, crowned as the most famous of the eight famed mountains in the Tibetan regions, is a mecca for the pilgrims of Tibetan Buddhism. The glistening snow-topped peaks, standing unparalleled elsewhere in the world, have long been coveted by numerous backpackers. The main peak - Kang Karpo Peak comes in the shape of a pyramid and is commonly known as the god of Snow Mountains.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
7-10 Days: Kunming, Dongchuan Red Land & Yuanyang Terraced Fields
The people of the Hani ethnic group in Yuanyang have reclaimed the terraced fields according to the local geographic conditions. In the steep slopes, they reclaim small terraced fields while in the gradually descending ones, large terraced fields. They even reclaim land in the ditch. Therefore, all these terraced fields form an amazing landscape that will never fail to attract visitors.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
3-8 Days: Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Haba Snow Mountain, Shangri La
Tiger Leaping Gorge is thought to be an ideal destination for hikers from around the world. Many hikers have left their footprints here, which can be regarded as a symbol of their love for nature. The gorge is in the valley between Baha Snow Mountain and Jade Dragon Snow Mountain.Learm More Customize a Similar Tour
Introduction to Yunnan
Red, yellow, blue, green…in people’s minds, Yunnan has long been a fantasy dotted with a riot of colors. Visitors find that everything seems rustic and unvarnished when stepping into this treasured place in the southwest frontier region of China.
This is a colorful land where 25 ethnic minorities including the Ni, Bai, Hani, Dai, Lisu, Naxi, Yao, Jingbo, Buyi, Shui and Dulong people live in compact communities. Once you set foot in Yunnan, you’ll inadvertently expose yourself to a world of the Naxi Dongba culture, Dali Bai culture, Dai Yebei culture and Yi Beima culture-a world of such local customs as legends, songs, dances, paintings and ancient music.
The Tea and Horse Trail
Amongst the gorges of the Hengduan Mountain Range and the forests and wilderness in the juncture area of Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet spirals a mysterious trackway-the Tea and Horse Trail. It’s the highest trackway in altitude and historically has held an important role in cultural communication.
The route of the Tea and Horse Trail between Yunnan and Tibet is: Xishuang Banna-Pu’er-Dali-Deqin-Chayu-Bangda-Nyingchi-Lhasa. The tea arriving in Lhasa is transported to Calcutta, India through the Himalayas and then sold to Eurasia, which has formed as international artery into the outside world. When the Chinese people were fighting against Japanese aggression, this trail had a direct impact on the destiny of the Chinese nation.
The Culture in Yunnan
Yunnan has the largest number of ethnic groups in China. Apart from the Han, 26 ethnic groups live in compact communities that account for one third of the total population in Yunnan.
As early as the clan society, three major ethnic groups, namely the Qiang, the Pu and the Yue, inhabited in areas of Yunnan. They were the earliest residents in Yunnan and have multiplied throughout the years. It was not until the Qing Dynasty that various ethnic groups gradually settled down.
The Yi people mostly live in the northwestern, middle and northern regions of Yunnan; the Bai people live nearby areas of Erhai Lake; the Zhuang and the Miao people live in the Eastern and Southeastern regions of Yunnan; and other ethnic groups reside in the western, southern and northwestern regions of Yunnan.
Intangible Cultural Heritages in Yunnan
The Dongba paper of Naxi is also known as Baidi paper. It is made using unique techniques that are held by Baidi Village in Naxi County, Shangri-La County in the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Region. Baidi (Baishuitai) is the origin of Dongba culture, and Dongba paper is the most important writing paper popular in the northwest of Yunnan.
Customs and Taboos in Yunnan
Rituals of Offering Sacrifices and Taboos in Festivals
There’s nothing more important than offering sacrifices to gods of creation and their ancestors to show their devoutness in Yunnan. In the minds of those devout, gods are benevolent for they tend to be pleased by flattery. On the other hand they’re also capable of changing since they could punish human beings with natural disasters, among others. Thus, rituals of sacrifices are the most frequented occasions.
The Best Time to Visit Yunnan
“Seasons vary on a single mountain and weather differs within a short distance,” is a widely known and accurate description of the climate in Yunnan. Characterized by varied topography and changeable weather, Yunnan has the marked features of undistinguished seasonal changes and an obvious division of humid and dry seasons. Yunnan welcomes most of its yearly rainfall from May to October, during which the road traffic is often in terrible condition. This time period is the peak period for traffic accidents.
“There are four seasons in a day,” is a common phrase in many areas of Yunnan. While walking on the street, it is difficult to tell what the current season is on account of people’s clothing choices. This is due to the quickly changing weather and need for various types of dress in one day. This attitude of dress is known as one of the eight odd features in Yunnan—you can wear the same clothes regardless of the seasonal changes.
Festivals in Yunnan
Water-Splashing Festival of the Dai Ethnic Minority Groups
The Water-Splashing Festival is a traditional festival of the Dai people in Xishuangbanna and other places. It is the most ceremonious festival of the Dai minority group. It is celebrated ten days before or after Tomb-Sweeping Day and lasts three to seven days. Water-Splashing Festival is part of the New Year in the Dai calendar. It was once a religious ceremony in Indian Brahmanism and was later absorbed by Buddhism. After, it was passed to the Dai group in Yunnan Province through Burma. It has a history of more than seven hundred years. Currently, the convention of water-splashing has become a form of mutual wishing between ringing out the old and ringing in the new. For the Dai People, water is a symbol of sanctity, beauty and brightness. They think that only water can help growth everything on earth.
Luxury Hotels in Yunnan
Green Lake Hotel 5*
Neighboring Green Lake Park is Green Lake Hotel, which is located in the most bustling region of downtown Kunming. It is endowed with a favorable natural environment and profound cultural richness. The hotel mirrors the local lifestyle and is a product of waxing and waning in Kunming. The Huize Hall of Yunnan University and the former site of Yunnan Military Academy represent the past of Green Lake, while the bars, Western-style restaurants, galleries, bookstores and hotels are a vivid representation of present-day Green Lake. This bustling area has long been an economic, cultural and political hub of Kunming. The waiters and waitresses in the hotel, are hospitable, amicable and professional, forming another highlight of Green Lake. Their positivity demonstrate that their pride of the city. They are dedicated to providing you with professional and 24-hour butler business services. They’ll also try their best to make you feel at home during your stay there. You will have a comfortable stay there given that the city of Kunming is blessed with a favorable climate.
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