Have you ever wondered how beautiful China is? I am sure that many of you have heard or wanted to visit the Great Wall of China. But China has so much more to offer to travelers. Some of the natural beauties of China you can explore on the Yunnan tour.
Yunnan is a province in Southwest China, with capital city Kunming. The name of the region dated from the time of the Han dynasty, and it means “south of the clouds.” Sure it does deserve that name.
Yunnan is a majestic province with a rich tradition and culture, but also with plenty of sunshine and beautiful scenery.
Choose some of the Yunnan tours and enjoy exploring Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and the fairyland called Shangri-la.
And for the photography lovers, visiting this province is a dream come true. You can take stunning photos while exploring Yunnan, because of the topography that it has, but also for the variety of scenery mixed with different colors.
I did some research, and choose some of the best Yunnan Tours for you. I hope that your next journey will be in Yunnan.
What to visit in Yunnan
Before you choose the best Yunnan tour for you, read about the things that you can visit or do in this fantastic province in China.
Also, you need to know that the most beautiful time to visit Yunnan is in Spring and Autumn. In Spring from March and April and September to November.
Kunming Stone Forest
The Stone Forest or known as Shilin is a notable set of limestone formations located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County about 90 kilometers from Kunming.
Shilin National Scenic Area covers an area of 400 km2, and it has seven scenic areas such as Greater & Lesser Stone Forests – known as the Lizijing Stone Forest, Naigu Stone Forest, Zhiyun Cave, Lake Chang, Lake Yue, Dadieshui Waterfall, and Qifeng Cave.
The Naigu Stone Forest and Suogeyi Village are on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites since 2007, as a part of the South China Karst.
Lijiang Old Town
One of the most preserved ancient towns in China and also known as Dayan Old Town. From 1997 Lijiang Old Town, together with Shuhe Old Town and Baisha Old Town, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lijiang Old Town is located on the Lijiang plain at an elevation of 2,400 meters in southwest Yunnan, China. This ancient town has an ancient water-supply system of high complexity and ingenuity that still functions effectively today.
If in your Yunnan Tours is included visiting Lijiang Old Town, do not miss to visit the bridges, Sifang Street, Lijiang Mu Palace, Wufeng Tower, Naxi Ancient Music night show.
The rice terraces of Yuanyang
Many of the Yunnan tours include a visit to the rice terraces of Yuanyang. If you choose some of these tours, you will witness a masterpiece of the ingenuity of the Hani people.
Yuanyang County, also known as Yuanyang Rice Terraces, is located in Honghe Prefecture in southeastern Yunnan Province. It lies at an altitude ranging from 140 meters along the Red River up to nearly 3000 meters above sea level in the Ailao Mountain.
Part of the area from 2013 forms the 45th World Heritage Site in China.
If you want to take the most amazing photos of these majestic terraces, you should visit Bada Scenic Area and Laohuzui Scenic Area.
Northwest of Yunnan Province and about 300 kilometers from Kunming is Dali city, An economical and cultural center of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture.
The city has two areas- the Ancient City and the New District (known as Xiaguan).
A must-see attraction in Dali is the Three Pagodas, located in Chongsheng Temple, which is about 1 kilometers northwest of the Dali Ancient City.
Also, top-rated sites in Dali City are Erhai Lake, Dali Ancient City, Butterfly Spring, Shaxi Ancient Town, Weishan Ancient Town, and more.
Shangri-La, in the past known as Zhongdian County, is the capital of Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.
Shangri-La is located in the northwest of Yunnan Province, where Tibet is on the west side, and Sichuan is on its east side.
It is about 660 kilometers from Kunming and about one hour by air, and 200 kilometers north of Lijiang and about three hours by car.
We can say that this is the most amazing part of Yunnan Province, with so many must-see attractions.
If you can’t get to Tibet and visit the Potala Palace, then visit Songzanlin Lamasery, which is known as Little Potala Palace.
If you like to enjoy nature, you should visit Pudacuo National Park. Also, you can see the highest mountains in Yunnan Province- The Meili Snow Mountains.
If you like hiking, you should consider including Tiger Leaping Gorge in your Yunnan tour.
Best Yunnan Tours for 2020
9 days Yunnan photography tour to Yuanyang and Luoping
When you choose from any Yunnan tours, this will be the most interesting if you are a passionate photographer. Yunnan can offer marvelous scenery for your photos, but this tour includes all the magnificent sites for photography. Even if you are not a photographer, but you love to take photos of the amazing nature, then you are on the right tour.
This Yunnan tour includes visiting Kunming, Luoping, Jianshui, Yuanyang, and then back to Kunming, all that in just nine days.
The rice terraces of Yuanyang offer some of the best scenery in the world, and that is the reason plus that all photographers desire to visit.
They are added with a memorable trip to Luoping, where you will see the vast fields of canola flowers and catch the magnificent sunset. As one bonus of this tour, stop at Lunan Stone Forest in Kunming to admire this natural sensation. See innumerable rugged stones form different sizes and shapes. At the end of the tour, you will have a whole day to explore Kunming and its beauty.
7 Days Yunnan Paradise Tour to Lijiang, Shangri-La & Lugu Lake
This seven days tour in Yunnan will allow you to explore the several popular destinations on this incredibly pure land. You will visit Lugu Lake, Lijiang, Shangri-La, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. If you choose this Yunnan Tour, you will learn more about the Ethnic culture in Yunnan and meet amazing people, such as Naxi, Mosuo, and Tibetans. Also, you will learn more about the culture and the tradition of these amazing people.
The tour includes visiting the Lijiang Old Town with all its old alleys, bridges. You will have the opportunity to feel the charm of this historic town.
The highlight of this Yunnan tour is the breathtaking scenery and Tibetan Buddhism of Shangri La paradise.
Seven days filled with so many activities, such as hike around Lugu Lake, walking, parties, and will make this journey an experience to remember. To see this tour visit the China Discovery website
6-Day Yunnan Classic Tour
Another amazing Yunnan tour that lasts for six days, filled with visiting the beautiful towns and unbelievable scenery, combined ancient history and contemporary tourist attractions.
The tour includes visiting Kunming with its major attractions such as Green Lake and Stone Forest, and then you will visit Dali Old Town with Erhai Lake and Xizhou Village, Lijiang Old Town, Baisha Mural, and Shuhe Ancient Town.
This classic Yunnan tour starts in Kunming, with visiting the Green Lake. In Kunming, you can also visit the beautiful area of tea houses and shops where you can buy some handicrafts and local paintings. While you are in Kunming, you will visit the Stone Forest, and then the tour continues to Dali. In Dali, you will visit the symbol of the town- Three Pagodas of Chongsheng Monastery. You will have the opportunity to walk through Dali Old Town and climb the City Wall.
At the end of this six days tour, you’ll visit Lijiang, the Black Dragon Pool, and the Dongba Museum, where you can learn more about Naxi culture.
We did review just a few of the amazing offer of Yunnan Tours. For us, these three were the best to set them apart. Of course, there are many more tours that deserve to be visited and experienced.
Each tour hides an unforgettable experience worth remembering for a lifetime.
Choose the best for you, and get ready for the most beautiful travel experience.