Enjoy Yunnan and the Greatness of its Nature
The Chinese province Yunnan is one of the most popular destinations for travelers visiting “The Middle Kingdom”. Perhaps it is because of its South East Asia atmosphere and proximity to Laos and Vietnam, but most likely is because Yunnan has amazing nature – here you can find both wild jungles with abundance of birds and other animals (lot of them endemic) and mighty, snowy mountains.
Great Nature, Wild Elephants, Exquisite Tea, and Colorful Ethnic Minorities
Now, when Chinese started to explore its own country, Yunnan became also a very popular domestic holiday destination.
Most of the province is quite mountainous (some tops reach 6,700 meters) with deep river valleys from the Yangtze, Mekong, Pearl and Red Rivers. Tiger Leaping Gorge, for instance, provides one of the best hiking trails in the world.
The capital of Yunann – Kunming, is called City of Eternal Spring, which sounds very promising, and in the north, Dali - a home to the Bai people - is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in whole China. Old town of Lijiang, a historic capital of Naxi people, is inscibed in UNESCO World´Heritage List as one of the best preserved in China.
Beautiful views, yes, but do not forget about delicious, spicy food, and the tea – the tea form Yunnan province is considered to be the best in the world!
Currency: Chinese renminbi, also known as Yuan (CNY).
Time zone: UTC (GMT)+8.
Driving: on the right side of the road.
Climate: The province has at least three climatic zones -- temperate, sub-tropical and tropical. The climate differs also depending on altitude. On the eastern plateau winters are mild and summers rather cool. In the valleys wet and dry season brings significant differences in temperatures.