Some 55km or so south of Xiàguān, Wēishān (巍山) is the heart of a region populated by Hui and Yi. It was once the nucleus of the powerful Nanzhao kingdom, and from here the Hui rebel Du Wenxiu led an army in revolt against the Qing in the 19th century.
Today, it’s an attractive and relaxed small town of narrow streets lined with traditional wooden houses, with drum and bell towers at strategic points and a lovely backdrop of the surrounding hills. It's still unspoiled and largely off the traveller map, but a few refugees from Dàlǐ have now begun moving here to open businesses. In the next few years, Wēishān is likely to develop fast as a tourist destination, so get here now before everyone else arrives.