About Yunnan Province

Yunnan Province is located in China’s far southwest, and borders Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. It is the country’s most biologically and culturally diverse province, boasting some spectacular scenery, including snow-capped mountains, tranquil rice terraces and gushing rivers. The province’s most famous site is the infamous Tiger Leaping Gorge - a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River. Legend says the name comes from a hunted tiger escaping by jumping across the river at its narrowest point (25m wide), using a rock in the middle. At a maximum depth of roughly 3,790 meters from river to mountain peak, Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest and most spectacular river canyons in the world.

The province is home to a few quaint little towns such as Dali, Lijiang and the majestic Shangri La. The old town of Lijiang is a UNESCO Heritage Site, containing a mixture of different historical architecture styles and a complex, ancient water-supply system. It is definitely worth making time to visit all three of these interesting towns if at all possible.

For nature and sport fans, the area is renowned for its many hiking trails through the Meili Snow Mountains, renowned for its glacial lakes and cute little villages festooned with prayer flags. Om the border of Tibet, this area allows visitors to get a taste of Tibet without leaving China.