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Introducing Wēiníng

A dusty, scrappy place with a manic energy epitomised by the orange motorised rickshaws that career around town, Wēiníng is one of the top spots in the world for that most sedate of hobbies, birdwatching. The jewel-like Cǎohǎi Lake sits close to the city centre and draws twitchers to observe wintering migratory birds, especially the rare black-necked crane. Called ‘Sun City’ by Chinese for its abundant rays, and historically an important route linking north Yúnnán and Sìchuān, Wēiníng is home to a large population of Hui (Muslim), Miao and Yi; a big market held every three or four days sees the town thronged with people from the surrounding minority villages.