Central Yunnan attractions

Hill in Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Duōyīshù Rice Terrace

Located about 25km from Xīnjiē, this rice terrace has the most awesome sunrises and, of all those at Yuányáng, is the one you should not miss.
Hill in Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Quánfúzhuāng Rice Terrace

Quánfúzhuāng is a less-crowded alternative to Duōyīshù and has easy access via trails that reach the terraces.
Hill in Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Měngpǐn Rice Terrace

Among the rice terraces at Yuányáng, Měngpǐn, also known as Lǎohǔzuǐ (老虎嘴), is one of the most mesmerising places to watch the sunset.
Hill in Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Bàdá Rice Terrace

Bàdá is one of the finest rice terraces at Yuányáng to catch a sunset.
Buddhist Temple in Kunming

Bamboo Temple

This serene temple (no photos allowed inside) is definitely one to be visited by sculptors as much as by those interested in temple collecting. Raised during the Tang dynasty, it was rebuilt in the 19th century by m…
Mountain in Weishan

Wēibǎo Shān

Eminently worthy Wēibǎo Shān, about 10km south of Wēishān, has a relatively easy hike to its peak at around 2500m. During the Ming and Qing dynasties it was the zenith of China’s Taoism, and you’ll find some superb …
Confucian Temple in Jianshui

Confucian Temple

Jiànshuǐ’s most famous temple was modelled after the temple in Confucius’ hometown of Qūfù (Shāndōng province) and finished in 1285; it covers 7.5 hectares and is the third-largest Confucian temple in China. (Some l…
Cave in Jianshui

Swallow’s Cavern

This freak of nature and ornithology is halfway between Jiànshuǐ and Gèjiù. The karst formations (the largest in Asia) are a lure, but what you'll want to see are the hundreds of thousands of swallows flying around …
Pagoda in Dali

Three Pagodas

Absolutely the symbol of the town and region, these pagodas, a 2km walk north of the north gate, are among the oldest standing structures in southwestern China. The tallest of the three, Qiānxún Pagoda, has 16 tiers…
Historic Site in Jianshui

Zhu Family Garden

This spacious 20,000-sq-metre complex, a fascinating example of Qing-era one-upping-the-Joneses, comprises ancestral buildings, family homes, ponds and lovely gardens, and took 30 years to build. The Zhu family made…