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  Yunnan is a province in most southwestern China, sharing a border of 4,060 km with Burma in the west, Laos in the south, and Vietnam in the southeast as well as the Chinese provinces and regions of Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan and Tibet.
From snow-capped mountains to true tropical environments, the average altitude of Yunnan is 1,980 m. The mountains are highest in the Northwest where they reach more than 5,000 m.


The highest point in the Northwest is the Kawagebo Peak(main peak of the Meili Snow Mountain) in Deqin County, which is about 6,740 m high; and the lowest is in the Honghe River Valley in Hekou County, with an elevation of 76.4 m. Due to the wide different on geography in such a short distance about 850 km from east to west, a wide range of flora and fauna can be found in this area, therefore the province has been called a natural zoological and botanical garden.
Yunnan is also known for a very high level of ethnic diversity. It has the highest concentration of ethnic groups in China. Of the country's fifty-six recognized ethnic groups, twenty-five are found in Yunnan, as well as a number of small ethnic clans which are not nationally recognized. Each ethnic group supports its own unique culture, making Yunnan a true melting pot where scores of different cultures have mixed and contributed to the areas amazing diversity.
 
 
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  DALI area
 
Chongsheng temple     崇圣寺 GPS: 25.70313, 100.1395
Chongshen Temple, is a Buddhist temple near the old town of Dali in Yunnan province, southern China. It was once the royal temple of the Kingdom of Dali, originally built in the 9th century. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 

Dali Ancient City      大理古城 GPS: 25.69406, 100.16719
Dali Ancient Town is one of the most famous ancient towns in China. As a major stop on the Ancient Tea Horse Road, or Southwest Silk Road, it is a town full of historic sites and traditional culture.  
 

Haidongzhen village     海东镇 GPS: 25.71058, 100.26009
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Erhai Lake     洱海 GPS: 25.79553, 100.18347
Erhai or Er Lake, is an alpine fault lake in Yunnan province, China. Its name means "Ear-shaped Sea", due to its shape as seen by locals and travellers. Erhai was also known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake in ancient times.  
 

Guanyin Oratory  (Guanyintang)       观音堂 GPS: 25.65344, 100.18441
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Qianxun Pagoda     塔 GPS: 25.70553, 100.14924
Qianxun Pagoda, 69.13 meters high, is one of the highest pagodas of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907)  
 

Shapingcun market       沙坪村 GPS: 25.93893, 100.09819
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Cang shan     苍山兰 GPS: 25.71839, 100.0737
Cang Mountains (Cangshan) are a mountain range west of Dali City. Their snow-capped peaks, flowing clouds, murmuring brooks, diverse flora, and historical temples make them one of the most famous attractions in Dali.
 

 Luoquan Peninsula  - Guanyin Pavilion (Goddess of Mercy)       罗荃半岛 GPS: 25.60195, 100.23767
This small peninsula is on the eastern shore of Er'hai Lake. It's one of the best places to enjoy the grand views of Cangshan Mt and Er'hai Lake. Main draws on the isle are Tianjing (Mirror of Heaven) Pavilion, Guanyin (Goddess of Mercy) Pavilion, Taizi (Prince) Pavilion, Baxian (Eight Immortals) Pavilion, Luoquan Pagoda, Luoquan Temple, and the Stone Mule etc.  
 

Three Pagodas       崇圣寺三塔 GPS: 25.70618, 100.14944
The Three Pagodas of the Chongsheng Temple are an ensemble of three independent pagodas arranged on the corners of an equilateral triangle, near the old town of Dali, Yunnan province, China, dating from the time of the Kingdom of Nanzhao and Kingdom of Dali in the 9th and 10th centuries.  
 

Wase market        挖色镇 GPS: 25.82742, 100.22305
Saturday market at the Bai village of Wase.  
 

Xizhou market GPS: 25.85033, 100.13069
The Xizhou morning marke show you all kinds of product from groceries and daily commodities to handicrafts etc. Yet, the most attracted point should be the experience of the traditional dressing of Bai minority women.  
 

Xizhouzhen Village      喜洲镇 GPS: 25.85127, 100.1289
The Town of Xizhou is in north of the ancient city of Dali, lies between beautiful Erhai Lake and Cangshan Mountain. It is a great place to if you want to observe the typical Bai architecture and understand Bai ethnic culture.  
 

Zhoucheng (batik)     洲城 GPS: 25.89722, 100.10751
In the region of Dali, exactly 23 km north of the old town of Dali, and north west of Lake Erhai, lies the very pleasant village of Zhoucheng. This village is home to around 1,500 families living in beautiful houses in Bai style, and is one of the largest villages in the entire region. Zhoucheng Village is famous as the 'Hometown of Bai People's Tie-dyeing Art'.  
 

Zhoucheng market GPS: 25.89636, 100.10775
A small market is held in the central village square every day in the afternoon, in the shade of huge plane trees.  
 

  JIANSHUI area
 
Shuanglong Bridge (Twin Dragons Bridge)
建水县
GPS: 23.60809, 102.7932
Seventeen-Arch Bridge, also known as Shuanglong Bridge, is a bridge with 17 arches and 3 pavilions. It crosses above the injunction of Lu River and Tachong River which looks like two Chinese dragons, hence the name Shuanglong Bridge. The Seventeen-Arch Bridge was originally built in the ruling period of Qinglong Emperor of Qing Dynasty. It was just 3 arches at that time. Along with the floods of Lu River and Tachong River, the bed of the river became wider and wider. The three-arch bridge could not connect the banks. In 1939, local officers and people built other 14 arches connect with the tree arches bridge and it became the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.  
 

Residence famille Zhu     朱家花园 GPS: 23.61598, 102.82747
Situated on Hanlin Street, Zhu’s Family Garden is a family house and ancestral hall built by Zhu family in the late Qing Dynasty (1636-1912). It has a good reputation in south Yunnan for the exquisite buildings and beautiful garden. It totally has 42 patios and 214 houses. The layout of the whole garden is complex but well-arranged.  
 

Jianshui Confucius Temple     建水文庙 GPS: 23.61196, 102.82364
Jianshui Confucius Temple was originally constructed in 1285 and has renovated and extended for over 40 times, covering an area of 114mu. It is one of the well preserved Confucius Temples in large scale and high architectural level.  
 

Chaoyang Tower      建水朝阳楼 GPS: 23.6166, 102.831
Chaoyang Tower was constructed in the 22nd year of Hongwu reign in Ming Dynasty. It has a history of 600 years. Located in the center of Jianshui County, Chaoyang Tower serves as the landmark of the ancient Jianshui County.
Chaoyang Tower covers an area of 2,312 square meters. It is 77 meters long in the north and south direction, 26 meters wide in the east and west directions. Styled in the Ming Dynasty, Chaoyang has four gates
 
 

Jianshui City (Others)    建水县 GPS: 23.61492, 102.82048
The ancient city of Jianshui, known as Lin'an historically, is a famous city with a profound historical and cultural background. It is located in Jianshui County in Honghe Prefecture. The ancient city of Jianshui is listed as a National Historical and Cultural City. It has been in existence for twelve centuries.  
 

Jianshui Countryside GPS: 23.61492, 102.82048
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  KUNMING area
 
Western Hills (Xishan Forest Park)  西山森林公园   GPS: 24.975, 102.62354
Western Hill is a forest park, a beautiful place with fabulous views. You can overlook the Dian Lake on the Western Hill, and there are also wonderful temples. The most amazing part is the Dragon Gate on the top of Western Hill.  
 

Black Dragon Pool       黑龙潭 GPS: 25.13817, 102.74654
The Black Dragon Pool first became a popular tourist attraction over 700 years ago during the Ming Dynasty. The Black Dragon Pool was named after a legend stating that in ancient times there was a black dragon living in this pool. Two important building complexes in the Black Dragon Pool are the Longquan Temple (Dragon Spring Temple) and Black Dragon Palace.  
 

East Pagoda      东寺塔 GPS: 25.02887, 102.71225
East Temple Pagoda used to be in Changle Temple on Shulin Street in Kunming City. Changle Temple was also called East Temple, thus the pagoda's name. According to historical records, the temple and pagoda were built at the same time as the West Temple and Pagoda, but the pagoda was destroyed in a strong earthquake in 1833. In 1882 it was rebuilt.  
 

West Pagoda       西寺塔 GPS: 25.02909, 102.7089
In the ancient city of Kunming stand two ancient pagodas, one in the east and the other in the west. West Pagoda used to be located in the now nonexistent Huiguang Temple. The temple used to be called West Temple, so the pagoda was named West Temple Pagoda. Now only the pagoda remains.Historical records show that both the temple and the pagoda were built between 824 and 859 in the Tang Dynasty.  
 

Dagan Park  (Grand View Park)    大观公园 GPS: 25.02312, 102.67126
Daguan Park is a lakeside park located in the southwestern suburb of Kunming, Yunnan, China. Today many locals come to sit, drink tea, fly kites, and go boating.    
 

Shilin  (Stone Forest)   石林 GPS: 24.81731, 103.32492
Stone Forest started the formation from about 270 million years ago, and after a long period of geological evolution and complex paleogeography and environment evolution, the precious geological relics had finally been formed..     
 

Yanquan   Temple       岩泉禅寺 GPS: 24.92373, 103.12742
 Yanquan Scenic Area used to be the temporary palace for Mr. Wu Sangui (1612-1678) and his lover Ms. Chen Yuanyuan (1623-1695) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).Yanquan Buddhist Temple was originally erected in the Yuan Dynasty (1253-1368) by Master Chongzhao (1299-1364)-the founder of Panlong Buddhist Temple in Jinning County-for the purpose of promoting Buddhism.  
 

Bamboo Temple (Qiongzhu Temple)  筇竹寺 GPS: 25.0624, 102.6213 
Qiongzhu Temple, or Bamboo Temple, is a Buddhist temple situated on Yu'an Mountain to the northwest of Kunming. The name of the temple refers to a type of bamboo. The Bamboo Temple was established during the Yuan dynasty as the first temple dedicated to Zen Buddhism in Yunnan.    
 

Golden Temple    金殿  GPS: 25.08846, 102.77173
The Golden Temple is a Taoist temple which is the reproduction of the principal pavilion of a first sanctuary. This Taoist Temple is founded in 1602 during the Ming dynasty, and transported in 1602 on Jizu Shan, a sacred mountain around Dali, before being rebuilt on the original spot.  
 

Huating  Temple    华亭寺 GPS: 24.97141, 102.62771
The Huating Buddhist Temple is an ancient Buddhist temple that was originally a retreat for the local ruler. It is one of the best-preserved Buddhist temples in Kunming. The 900-year-old temple was originally designed as a county temple for Gao Zhishen, Kunming's governor during the Song dynasty (1063AD). It was rebuilt as a Buddhist temple in the fourteenth century.  
 

Taihua Temple     太华寺 GPS: 24.96182, 102.62953
Taihua Temple is one of the most important birthplaces of Buddhist culture in Yunnan. Built in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1370), the temple has been undergone many reconstructions. Since the construction of the temple over seven Centuries ago, numerous renovations have taken place here.  

Yuantong Temple     圆通寺 GPS: 25.05091, 102.71178
The temple was built during the Tang Dynasty, with a history spanning over 1,200 years. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the temple was reconstructed and repaired several times to its present size and appearance. The temple is now one of the most important Buddhist temples under State special protection.  
 

Dian Lake     滇池 GPS: 24.88758, 102.73298
Dianchi Lake, also known as Lake Dian and Kunming Lake, is a large lake located on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau close to Kunming, Yunnan, China. Its nickname is the "Sparkling Pearl Embedded in a Highland" and it was the model for the Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace in Beijing.  

Kunming city (Others)    昆明市 GPS: 25.04287, 102.70649
Kunming, the modern capital city and transportation hub of China’s southern Yunnan province, has a large student population and a temperate year-round climate. As of 2014, Kunming has a population of 6,626,000 with an urban population of 4,575,000.    
 

  LIJIANG area
 
Baisha Village      白沙村 GPS: 26.95286, 100.2176
Baisha Village used to be a Naxi settlement and the birthplace of local Mu Family Governors. It was the political, economic and cultural center of Lijiang prior to the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Its construction started during the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) and it became prosperous during the Song (960 - 1279) and Yuan (1271 - 1368) Dynasties.  
 

Black Dragon Pool      黑龙潭 GPS: 26.88555, 100.23356
Black Dragon Pool is a famous pond in the scenic Jade Spring Park located at the foot of Elephant Hill, a short walk north of the Old Town of Lijiang.    
 

Dongba garden  (Dongba Wanshenyuan)
东巴万神园
GPS: 26.99803, 100.21165
Dongba 10000 Gods Garden or Dongba Wanshen Garden Park is surrounded by green grass, pine, herb Yan Yan, flowers are blooming. God park at the main entrance are two giant totem poles and snow-capped mountains form a main axis peak.    
 

Dragon Jade Mountain    玉龙雪山 GPS: 27.09833, 100.17499
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a mountain massif or small mountain range in Yulong Naxi Autonomous County, Lijiang, in Yunnan province, China. Its highest peak is named Shanzidou and is 5,596 m above sea level.    
 

Lijiang Ancient Town     丽江古城 GPS: 26.86811, 100.23977
Lijiang Old Town, also called Dayan Old Town, is a well-preserved ancient town for Naxi ethnic group. Old Town of Lijiang was listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, including Dayan Old Town, Shuhe Old Town and Baisha Old Town. It is one of the four best-preserved ancient cities in China.  
 

Lijiang New City     丽江 GPS: 26.83136, 100.23252
Lijiang is a prefecture-level city in the northwest of Yunnan province, China. It has an area of 21,219 square kilometres and had a population of 1,244,769 at the 2010 census whom 211,151 lived in the built-up area.  
 

Ancient City Zhongyi Market      忠义市场 GPS: 26.86618, 100.23546
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Yufeng Monastery           玉峰寺 GPS: 26.99192, 100.19526
Yufeng Temple was built in the last years of the reign of emperor Kangxi in Qing dynasty and it is one of the famous lama temples in Lijiang. The temple is small, but it was famous due to a camellia. There are three courtyards in the temple, the famous "camellia" rooted in the north courtyard.    
 

Naxi Ancient Music GPS: na
The Naxi are an ethnic group inhabiting the foothills of the Himalayas in the northwestern and southwestern parts of Southwest China's Yunnan and Sichuan provinces respectively.
Naxi ancient music is believed to have its roots in Xian ancient music. However, Naxi ancient music, with its mixture of literary lyrics, poetic topics, and musical styles from the Tang (618-907) and Song dynasties (960-1279), as well as some Tibetan influences, has developed its unique style.
   
 

Wanggu Pagoda     万古楼 GPS: 26.87042, 100.23266
Wangu Pagoda can easily be reached from Sifan Square. The pagoda is situated at Lion Hill in a small park and has excellent views over Lijiang. The tower is 4 stories high.  
 

The Stone Drum in Shigu Town GPS: na
Built during the Jiaqing era (1548-1561) of the Ming Dynasty, the stone drum is a monument commemorating the victory of Lijiang’s Naxi ruler over an invading Tibetan army.    
 

Yu Zhuqingtian    玉柱擎天 GPS: 27.01317, 100.20739
Yuzhuqingtian (Jade Pillar Supporting the Sky) is located in Yuhu Naxi Village at the south foot of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Major sights there include inscriptions on the cliff, Taizi (Prince) Cave and Guanyin (God of Mercy) cliff etc. Yuzhuqingtian-Jade Pillar Supporting the Sky On a 30-meter-high cliff, one can see four big Chinese characters -"Yu Zhu Qing Tian" (Jade Pillar Supporting the Sky) vertically inscribed.  
 

Tiger Leaping gorge    虎跳峡 GPS: 27.18939, 100.11387
Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River, a primary tributary of the upper Yangtze River. It is located 60 kilometres north of Lijiang City.    
 

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Yangtze River - Shigu   长江 GPS: 26.86815, 99.9621  
The First Bend of the Yangtze River is only about 50 kilometers away from Lijiang. It is called the “first bend” because the river makes a 90 degree turn from south to east within a distance of 1 kilometer.    
 

Zhiyun Monastery    指云寺 GPS: 26.85869, 100.10107
Zhiyun Monastery is situated in the west of Lijiang near Lashi Basin. It was built in 1727 during the Qing Dynasty and was made up of thirteen different structures. However only six structures remaining intact today.
This monastry is unquie in design. It differs from the traditional Tibetan architecture as all the carvings and structural designs were taken from the Naxi, Han and Bai people.
 
 

  XISHUANGBANNA area
 
Damenglong   大勐龙 GPS: 21.57918, 100.68409
The sleepy town of Damenglong is located about 60km south of Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna autonomous region.  
       
  Pagodas GPS: 21.57918, 100.68409
The Manfeilong Pagoda is located approximately 3km north of Damenglong on a hill and is almost entirely surrounded by rubber tree plantations. There is another Pagoda right above the town which offers nice views of the Damenglong at the surroundings.“ Manfeilong” or “White Bamboo Shoot” Pagoda reportedly dating back to the early 13th century.  
       
  Damenglong City    大勐龙 GPS: 21.57918, 100.68409
The sleepy town of Damenglong is located about 60km south of Jinghong, the capital of the Xishuangbanna autonomous region.
 

Ganlanba  (Menghanzhen) 勐罕镇 (橄榄坝大) GPS: 21.8519, 100.94375
Olive Dam (Ganlanba) is the lowest and hottest place in this area. However, its torrid climate brings rich tropical fruits and products. It consists of two stockaded villages, each of which is highlighted by an eyeful of typical Burma styled Buddhist pagodas and bamboo building of the Dai minority.  
 

Jinghong     景洪市 GPS: 22.00315, 100.79244
Jinghong is a modern town displaying newly built glittering tawdry hotels and mega-blocks. Despite of that, Jinghong tends to be an agreeable city thanks to large shady avenues, giant palm trees and nice walking paths along the Mekong.    
       
  Tropical Garden   西双版纳热带花卉园 GPS: 22.00718, 100.78587
Tropical Flower & Plant Garden occupies an area of about 80 hectares. This park once was the experimental field of Yunnan Tropical Crops Institute. With all kinds of nice tropical flowers and ornamental plants cultivated with their advantageous technology, it was opened to public as a park in 1999.
       
    Manting Park     曼听公园 GPS: 21.99253, 100.80722  
Manting Park covers a total area of 115,400 square meters. Manting Park is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna with a long history of 1300 years. It used to be the Dai Imperial Garden and the place for the emperor to please the eyes in the ancient times.
 
       
  Traditionnal Dances Show GPS: na
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  Manting Foya Temple (Wat Changliarn) 
曼听佛牙寺
GPS: 21.99435, 100.8075
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Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion      景真八角亭 GPS: 21.95435, 100.30502
The Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion was built in 1701 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) -- the year 1063 according to the Dai calendar. It was originally built in a local Hinayana temple, but the temple was destroyed. The pavilion has retained its former features following three large-scale repairs.    
 

Manfeilong Pagoda    游览曼飞龙塔 GPS: 21.71384, 100.7448
Manfeilong Pagoda was first built in 1204 (565 in the Dai calendar). It was designed by three monks from India and the design was executed under the sponsorship of the chieftain of Menglong tribe. After two renovates in modern times, the pagoda was listed as a national key cultural relic preservation site.    
 

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Sanchahe Nature Reserve    野象谷索道 GPS: 22.16811, 100.8622
Covering 1.5 million hectares, the Sanchahe Nature Reserve is dived into two parts, which are connected by a long cable car. Riding the aerial cable car is a fun and exciting way to see the nature reserve.    
 

  YUANYANG area
 
Yuanyang Market GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
Going to the morning market is particularly of great significance for the majority of Yuanyang women. It is them, wearing the colorful costumes and carrying their bamboo baskets (Zhulou) to bring all sorts of items from home to the market in exchange for what they need.  
 

Rice-paddy terraces (1)     元阳梯田 GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
Yuanyang Rice Terraces are the Hani ethnic minority's masterpiece of ingenuity. In unique shapes and sizes with thousands of years of history, they form a mosaic of colorful and breathtaking landscapes of natural beauty.
Known as a "land sculpture", the terraced fields have been officially acknowledged by UNESCO as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site. There are three popular scenic areas: Duoyishu, Bada, and Laohuzui.
 
 

Rice-paddy terraces (2)     元阳梯田 GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
For more than one thousand years, the Hani people of Yuanyang county have expanded to grow their rice paddy field on the steep slopes in the rural areas. From the viewing platform, one could see an expanse of beautiful terraced paddy field, stretched from valley’s bottom up to the higher reaches of nearby mountains, towards the distant horizon in an area of more than 113 square kilometers.  
 

  Rice-paddy terraces (3)     元阳梯田 GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
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  Rice-paddy terraces (4)     元阳梯田 GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
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Yuanyang Village    元阳 GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
Yuanyang County is located in Honghe Prefecture in southeastern Yunnan province, China, along the Red River. It is well known for its spectacular rice-paddy terracing. Part of the area now forms the 45th World Heritage Site in China.  
 

Village Hani GPS: 23.10155, 102.74413 
The Hani people, famous for their farm work and the building of the rice terraces has similar traditions as the Yis. The farm work is often done by the women, while the men are more responsible for taking care of the family's kids.  
 
 
 
 
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