Top ChoiceViewpoint in Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Bada Rice Terrace

Bada is one of the finest rice terraces at Yuanyang to catch the sunset at. If you only have time for one terrace, this is it.

Top ChoiceCraft Beer in Kunming

Uncle John's Craft Beer

The new second branch of a long-standing Kunming favourite is far more accessible, and the long wooden bar is fairly inviting as well. You'd have to try quite hard to sample the whole range of Uncle John's brews...

Top ChoiceBuddhist Temple in Kunming

Golden Temple

The Golden Temple Scenic Area is equal parts religious space, forest park, botanical garden and open-air sculpture museum; it covers 118 hectares on the northwestern outskirts of the city. The obvious highlight...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Nuodeng

Yánquán Nóngjiā

The one genuine restaurant in the village is also one of the most famous in Yunnan, after being featured on the hit Chinese TV show A Bite of China. People come from far and wide to sample shúhuǒtuǐ (熟火腿; ¥40), a...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Kunming

Tǔ Shēngshí Guǎn

On the ground floor of a converted warehouse a couple of kilometres northwest of the city centre, this family-run place strictly uses locally sourced organic ingredients for its selection of flavourful Yunnan...

Top ChoiceYunnan in Kunming

Shípíng Huìguǎn

Try authentic Yunnan cuisine in a beautifully restored heritage courtyard building with outdoor seating – this is one of our favourite restaurants in the city. No English menus (or spoken), but digital tablet...

Top ChoiceCoffee in Kunming

M For Maker

Yunnanese and Ethiopian beans are roasted on-site and served as delightfully balanced brews at this tiny, unprepossessing coffee shop beyond Brooklyn Pizzeria.

Buddhist Temple in Kunming

Bamboo Temple

Tucked away atop a winding mountain road up the forested hills northwest of the city centre, this serene temple is definitely one to be visited by sculptors as much as by those interested in temple collecting....

Buddhist Pagoda in Dali

Three Pagodas

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, Qianxun Pagoda, has 16...

Buddhist Temple in Cang Shan

Gantong Temple

Originally constructed in the Tang dynasty, this was once the most important temple in the Dali area. Only one of the original 36 halls remains, but reconstruction continues apace and in its forested mountainside...

Italian in Shaxi

Hungry Buddha

The most sophisticated eatery in town and one of the most notable in all Yunnan, with a mouth-watering all-vegetarian Italian menu utilising locally produced ingredients across the authentic menu. The range of...

Cafe in Dali

Tang Cafe

One sip of the flat white here and you'll swear you're in Melbourne, or at least Sydney. A rooftop terrace sweetens the deal, as does a small but tempting brunch menu.

Viewpoint in Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Duoyishu Rice Terrace

Located about 25km from Xinjie, this rice terrace has the most awesome sunrises. As it's walking distance from Pugaolao it's an easy choice for the morning.

Natural Feature in Central Yunnan

Stone Forest

Inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list in 2007 as part of the South China Karst, Kunming's Stone Forest Scenic Area is undeniably beautiful – but extremely popular with tour groups and independent travellers...

Nature Reserve in Shaxi


Wandering anywhere along the forested trails and stone pathways throughout Shibao Mountain makes for a pleasant day trip out of Shaxi, but the real highlights of the area are the Tang-era temples and carvings....

Museum in Kunming

Yunnan Provincial Museum

Originally built in 1951, this museum's relocation in 2015 gave it a thoroughly modern 60,000 square metres of exhibition space. Displays span the prehistoric to the present day; expect a broad overview of...

Mountain in Weishan

Wēibǎo Shān

Weibao Mountain, about 10km south of Weishan, 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 Taoist...

Bridge in Jianshui

Twin Dragon Bridge

This beautiful 30m bridge across the confluence of the Lu and Tachong Rivers features 17 arches, so many that it took two periods of the Qing dynasty to complete the project in 1839. It's 3km from the western...

Buddhist Temple in Xi Shan

Taihua Temple

The courtyard of the Ming dynasty Taihua Temple houses a fine collection of flowering trees, including magnolias and camellias, and is a popular to place to relax on the way up or down the mountain.

Beer Garden in Kunming

O'Reilly's Beer Garden

This Yunnan-based chain of Irish pubs actually hits pretty close to the mark with a massive beer list (though disappointingly no Chinese options) and spirits and cocktails, as well as a short but appetising...