Welcome to Northwest Yunnan
Northwest Yúnnán is a gorgeous blend of soaring mountains, pristine lakes and dizzyingly deep gorges and valleys. This is the part of Yúnnán to head to for epic treks: whether in the shadow of the 6000m peaks around Déqīn, or through the stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. But the region is also home to the little-seen Nù Jiāng Valley, where Yúnnán meets both Tibet and Myanmar, and Lúgū Hú, a vast lake that straddles the Yúnnán–Sìchuān border and is home to the Mosuo people, the last matriarchal society in the world. If that wasn’t enough, there are also the towns of Shangri-la, with its intriguing blend of Tibetan and Han Chinese culture, and Lìjiāng, a Unesco World Heritage Site that sucks in both domestic and foreign visitors.