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.
Mountain in Lijiang

Yùlóng Xuěshān

Also known as Mt Satseto, Yùlóng Xuěshān soars to some 5500m. Its peak was first climbed in 1963 by a research team from Běijīng and now, at some 35km from Lìjiāng, it is regularly mobbed by hordes of Chinese tour g…
Glacier in Deqin & Kawa Karpo

Míngyǒng Glacier

Tumbling off the side of Kawa Karpo peak is the 12km-long Míngyǒng Glacier. At over 13 sq km, it is not only the lowest glacier in China (around 2200m) but also an oddity – a monsoon marine glacier, which basically …
Lake in Shangri-la

Emerald Pagoda Lake

Also known as Pǔdácuò (普达错), a Mandarinised-version of its Tibetan name, Emerald Pagoda lake is 25km east of Shangri-la. The bus to Sānbà can drop you along the highway. From there, it's 8km down a trail (a half-hou…
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…
Historic Site in Lijiang

Lìjiāng Old Town

The old town is centred on the busy and touristy Old Market Square. The surrounding lanes are dissected by a web of artery-like canals that once brought the city’s drinking water from Yuquan Spring, on the far outsk…
Pagoda in Damenglong

White Bamboo Shoot Pagoda

Surrounded by jungle (watch out for stray snakes!), this pagoda dates back to 1204 and is Dàměnglóng’s premier attraction. According to legend, the pagoda’s temple was built on the location of a hallowed footprint l…