Discover Yunnan

Discover Yunnan Province

Discover the Chinese Province of Yunnan during one of our Yunnan-Tour Package trips. With many years of experience, Colorful China Travel has created a wide array of different tour options, allowing our travelers to experience Yunnan, while traveling comfortably with every aspect of your Yunnan journey taken care of.

Yunnan is the ideal travel destination in China. With an abundance of magnificent scenery, colorful ethnic minorities as well as a rich cultural heritage, Yunnan will not stop to impress even the most experienced travelers.

Rich Cultural Heritage and Landscape in Yunnan

A traditional music performance at the Confucius Temple (Wenmiao) in Jianshui.
Listening to a Chinese orchestra performance along the way.

China has 56 ethnic minorities in total, 26 of which call the Yunnan province their home. Each ethnic minority has its very own culture, its own way of life, its own style of clothing, its own food. Some Yunnan minorities even have their own written and spoken language. Our experienced local tour guides help to understand and experience these various colorful cultures.

The best way to get an insight view of Yunnan in South-West China is during a round-trip through the province. Visit the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayan foothills and the steaming hot and humid rainforests of southern Yunnan on a single journey. With a size which roughly equals Germany, or Montana in the U.S., Yunnan is not that big and is best explored by car with a private driver. Thanks to the modern high-speed train system, Yunnan can of course also be explored by train.

One could be standing atop Lijiang's Jade Dragon Snow mountain glacier early in the morning, and be eating fresh coconut steamed rice by the Vietnamese border in the evening. However, we strongly recommend taking one's time and encourage exploring every aspect of Yunnan off the beaten track.

Custom Tailor-Made Yunnan Tour, or budget conscious group trip?

Colorful China offers a wide range of different travel arrangements for Yunnan. From luxury hotels to more simple accommodations, out team is able to find just the right type of accommodation for anyone's budget.

A good starting point for finding the right travel arrangements is the list of Yunnan tours Colorful China has put together down below. Please feel free to get in touch with us any time. We are fully aware that travelers are not the same and want to see the same sights, have the same interests or want to explore the same cultures.

As us for your own customized trip across Yunnan.

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Yunnan in Style: The luxury Yunnan journey

6-8 days
Private Tours

The ideal busines trip extension for the exhausted managers out there

The "stress-releaved" Yunnan journey. The ideal extention to your business trip to China: Discover the authentic Yunnan in the south-west of China with a touch of luxury. Far away from the usual crowd of tourists you travel by private vehicla via remote country roads and in doing so get to know the charming Yunnan province from a completely different perspective. You will stay in tastefully decorated boutique lodges or hotels, which meet even higher demands and will make your Yunnan trip an even more relaxing and enjoyable experience!

The Yunnan Grand Budget Tour (Group Tour)

Yunnan Journeys, Travel the Yunnan Province in China
12-14 days
Budget Tours
Join-In Tour

The big Yunnan Journey for the small budget with fixed departure dates from Kunming

Yunnan tour at a budget price! Fascinating round trip through the whole Yunnan Province in South-West China. Discover one of the most beautiful and diverse provinces in China in a small group. This Yunnan tour is ideal for the price-conscious traveler as well as for couples or the solo-traveller. The cost of the tour guide and bus is divided by the number of participants. So, the more participants, the more budget-friendly the trip will be! Ask us for the fixed deparure dates from Kunming.

Yunnan Compact

3-5 days
Cultural Tours

Travel the Yunnan Province and discover the most important sights in 4 days

Yunnan Travel: Discover the most important sights of Yunnan within 4 days. Experience the mysterious Stone Forest, visit Dali with it's three pagodas and dive into Liijiang's world famous old town. This tour will enable you to see as much as possible within a very short time. This comprehensive Yunnan tour complements perfectly your business trip and is also perfect as an stop-over for your trip to China.

Day Trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge Yunnan Province

Day Trip to Tiger Leaping Gorge with scenic hike. Yunnan
Active Tours

Spice up your your Yunnan Holiday with a day trip to the Tiger Leaping Gorge

A day trip from either Lijiang or Zhongdian to the famous Tiger Leaping Gorge in the Yunnan Province, one of the deepest canyons in the world. The difference in height from the Yangtze River to the highest peak of Jade Dragon Mountain measures almost 4,000 meters. Along a high trail, you hike high above the Yangtze River and enjoy the most breathtaking views the Yunnan Province has to offer. The ideal family tour suitable for kids of 6 years or more.

The magnificent Rice Terraces of Yuanyang

3-5 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

China's most magnificent terraced rice fields are in Yunnan Province

Travel and hiking the Yuanyang Rice Terraces: On this unique journey, you travel to the mostly undiscovered and still little visited south of the Yunnan province almost to the Vietnamese border. Spectacular rice terraces, ethnic minorities, colorful markets, old temples and pristine villages are the highlights your journey to Yuanzang. A visit to the well-known stone forest near Lunan rounds off this journey full of new experiences.

The Yunnan Province at a glance

6-8 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive Journey through the varied Yunnan province in southwest China

On this Yunnan tour you travel to Zhongdian or Shangrila, where you get a deeper insight into the unique Tibetan culture, take a stroll through the winding alleys of Lijiang and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Dali, the former royal town on the shores of the idyllic Erhai Lake. A varied journey through the Yunnan Province in China with unique landscapes, bustling cities and religious and cultural diversity. The ideal complement to your next business trip to China.

Travel overland from Yunnan to Laos with Mekong River Cruise

12-14 days
Crossborder-Tours

Travel Overland from Yunnan in China to Luangprabang in Laos

A fascinating overland journey from China to Laos. From Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in south-west China, travel via the UNESCO protected rice terraces of Yuanyang to the golden temples of the former royal city of Luang Prabang in Laos. A two-day boat trip on the Mekong River rounds off this exciting journey from Yunnan to Laos. A journey off-the-beaten-track and far away from the major tourist routes through China and Laos. Travel and discover two different countries with striking contrasts, fascinating scenery and amazing people!

Dynamic Yunnan

12-14 days
Active Tours
Private Tours

Cycling and Hiking: Explore and discover the Yunnan Province the active way

The Yunnan Active Tour was especially mapped out for all active travelers out there who are on the look out for a memorable and “out of the ordinary sightseeing stuff” trip, peppered with activities like cycling, hiking and encounters with the local population. Some days you choose your activity for the day, which leaves you with a maximum amount of freedom and flexibility while exploring the beautiful Yunnan Province in South-West China.

Active Tour from Yunnan in China to Laos

12-14 days
Active Tours
Budget Tours
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Overland journey from Lijiang (Yunnan) to Luang Prabang

An activity-packed tour from the spectacular landscapes of Yunnan in China into the relaxation of Laos. Travel from Lijiang in Yunnan province as far as the gold-gleaming temples of Luang Prabang. The boat trip along Nam Ou river and the hike on a scenic high trail through Tiger Leaping Gorge are only two of the highlights of this journey from China to Laos. Spending nights off-the-beaten-track and away from the major tourist paths with local families in Khamu villages give you a first-hand experience of the daily life of the native people in Laos and China.

Yunnan Tour: South of the Clouds

15-17 days
Active Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive Yunnan Tour with 3 day hiking in the Tiger Leaping Gorge

A journey through Yunnan, “South of the Clouds”.  That melodious name is the literal translation of Yunnan and reflects its climate, which is pleasant throughout the year, and the open-mindedness and friendliness of its inhabitants. Come with us on an exciting trip through Yunnan Province in south-west China. From the rice terraces of Yuanyang this Yunnan journey takes you through the sub-tropical Xishuangbanna up to the eastern Tibetan Plateau, 3,300 meters high!

Journey from Mystical Laos to Hidden Yunnan in China

9-11 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Overland Journey from Laos to China

Insider tip: Journey from Laos to Yunnan in China. Fascinating overland journey from the pristine Laos to the still largely unknown Chinese province of Yunnan. Our journey leads through one of the most remote and impressive landscapes of Southeast Asia. The old royal capital Luang Prabang, the wonderful rice terraces of Yuanyang, the boat trip on the Nam Ou river as well as the many contacts with the local population will inspire you!

Yunnan: Mighty Rivers & Holy Mountains

9-11 days
Private Tours

Travel the Yunnan Province off the beaten track

A journey to the northern part of Yunnan province, one of the most impressive and diverse regions of China. Deep gorges, rapid-flowing rivers, hidden monasteries, impressive glaciers and snow-covered peaks dominate the landscape of this multifaceted journey through Yunnan. You travel along the Yangtze  and Mekong rivers and move in the footsteps of Swiss and French missionaries who labored here 200 years ago.

Idyllic Lugu Lake & Walking Marriages

9-11 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

In the "Kingdom of Daughters"

This wonderful journey gives you an insight into the cultural and ethnic variety of the Yunnan Province in south-west China. The visit of the idyllic Lugu Lake with the unique matriarchal society of the Mosuo people is just one of many highlights of this tour. While traveling through the stunning landscapes of Northern Yunnan you come across century old villages, Tibetan monasteries, deep gorges and colorful ethnic groups. A tour which will inspire even the experienced traveler!

China Travel: Fascinating Yunnan Province

9-11 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The comprehensive Journey throughout the Yunnan Province

A journey through Yunnan Province in south-west China. On this trip, you explore the spectacular landscapes of the northern Part of Yunnan Province, where you will experience some of the lesser known tribes and areas of the abundant Yunnan Province: the Bai, Naxi, Yi, as well as the Tibetans. A fascinating journey through rural China far away from big tour groups. Ideal for travelers who want to experience the “real” China and at the same time not miss the most important sights.

Hiking the Tiger Leaping Gorge

Active Tours
Golf & Trekking Trips

2 days hiking with breathtaking scenery in Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province

Hiking Tiger Leaping Gorge: Enhance your Yunnan Yunnan experience with a 2 day hike through one of the deepest gorges in the world! This trek follows a scenic trail high above the Tiger Leaping Gorge along the Eastern slope of the Haba Mountain and offers some of the finest views in Yunnan. Stay overnight at a romantic guesthouse high above the Yangtze River with magnificent views of the snowcapped "5 fingers" of the Jade Dragon Mountain! Ideal for the keen hiker with limited time.

Along the Old Burma Road, overland journey to Myanmar

15-17 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

From the Tibetan Highlands of Yunnan to the Golden Land of Myanmar

Travel the Burma Road from the Yunnan province to Myanmar: A fascinating cross-country tour from the Yunnan province in the Southwest of China to the golden shining Pagodas of Myanmar. You travel in the footsteps of General Joseph Stilwell along the legendary Old Burma Road through the magnificent and undiscovered landscapes of southwest China and northern Myanmar. You will experience two countries, which could not be more different; full of fascinating contrasts and encounters with the local population.

Travel the Old Burma Road from China to Myanmar

Temples in Bagan
15-17 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Overland Crossborder Tour from Lijiang to Yangon along the legendary Burma Road

Travel the legendary Old Burma Road from China to Myanmar. From a history as well as culrue and landscape the journey along the Burma Road from China to Myanmar is one of the moste exciting journeys in China if not south-east Asia.  From the snow-covered mountains around Lijiang in the norther Yunnan Province in China you travel in the footsteps of General Stilwell and “his” Burma Road right down to the former royal city of Mandalay in the heart of Myanmar.

Hiking / Trekking Tiger Leaping Gorge

3-5 days
Active Tours
Family Tours
Golf & Trekking Trips

3 days of breathtaking scenery suitable for families

Wedged between the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and the Haba Mountain, the impressive Tiger Leaping Gorge is reputedly the world’s deepest canyon. You walk along a scenic trail high above the Yangtze River in fresh air and stunning views of the snow capped peaks of the Jade Dragon Mountain. This tour ranks amongst the best scenic treks you can undertake in China! It is also suitable for families with children above 8 years old.

Southern Yunnan and northern Vietnam via Dien Bien Fu

12-14 days
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Travel overland from Kunming (Yunnan) to the Halong Bay in Vietnam

Overland tour from the Yunnan Province in southwest China to the Halong Bay in Northern Vietnam. The mountainous border area between Yunnan and Vietnam is historically, ethnically, as well as scenically amongst the most inspiring and exiting areas within Southeast Asia. You travel from Kunming via the splendid Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Sapa and Dien Bien Fu to Hanoi. The remnants of the French Colonial times are omnipresent and serve as a reminder of the French presence in Asia.

Day Trip from Lijiang to the ancient village of Shaxi

Private Tours

Travel to Shaxi and step back in time along the Tea and Horse Road

Fascinating day trip from Lijiang Old Town to Shaxi village in Yunnan Province, an idyllic ancient village that used to be a wealthy and prosperous stop for horse caravans travelling the Tea and Horse Road, an ancient trail network in Yunnan Province for trade between the tea growing areas in Xishuangbanna in the southern Yunnan Province and Tibet. A visit to Shaxi is like taking a step back in time and a hint of the former prosperity can still be felt there today. 

Yunnan Budget Tour: The Tea and Horse Road

9-11 days
Budget Tours

Travel the Yunnan Province along a long lost trade route

Yunnan Budget Tour along the legendary “Tea Horse Road”, an old trade route between the tea production areas of the Yunnan province and Tibet. You will travel by public transport, trains, local taxis, on foot or whatever else we think of along the way. This way, you will very easily be able to come into contact with the local population and experience things that often remain undiscovered by other travellers to the Yunnan Province.

Travel along the legendary Burma Road

6-8 days
Crossborder-Tours
Cultural Tours

Compressed overland tour along the "Old Burma Road" from Yunnan to Burma

Travel along the infamous "Old Burma Road" from the Yunnan Province in Southwest China to the "Golden Land" of Myanmar (Burma). The Burma Road has long been a trading route between the British occupied Burma and China, but played an important role for China during the Second World War. A fascinating journey through the rugged mountain terrain of Southwest China and Northern Burma. A compressed version of our other fascinating tours along the Burma Road, ideal for the traveller with a limited amount of time and a limited budget.

Exploring the northern Yunnan Province

12-14 days
Active Tours
Private Tours

Fascinating landscapes of north Yunnan in China

A journey to the spectacular northern part of Yunnan province in China, with hiking tour to Yubeng Village. The up to 6'700m high peaks of the year-round snow-covered mountains in the north of Yunnan Province are among the most spectacular natural landscapes in China. Deep gorges, raging rivers and hidden monasteries define the landscape on this varied journey through Yunnan. You will experience a pristine Yunnan province away from the big tourist flows, which impresses with its impressive natural beauty as well as the hospitality of the ethnic minorities of this region. 

Travel along the ancient Tea and Horse Road

6-8 days
Cultural Tours

Travel along one of the oldest trading routes

Travel the Yunnan Province along the old Tea and Horse Road, an ancient trail network in Yunnan for trade between the tea growing areas in the southern Yunnan Province and Tibet. Travel along the Yunnan part of the Tea and Horse Road as it winds down from the Tibetan plateau towards the old town of Dali. The ancient Tea and Horse Road first appeared during the Tang Dynasty (618-907), and lasted until the construction of the Tibetan highways in the 1960s.

Yunnan Grand Tour Private. The comprehensive Yunnan journey

12-14 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

Travel and Explore the Yunnan province in South-West China

Travel the Yunnan province in south-west China. On this journey you will experience the southwest of China in a very personal way with all its peculiarities. Together with your Yunnan tour guide and driver you will explore both the remote areas in the south, as well as the magnificent, mountainous north of Yunnan Province in the southwest of China. On this trip you experience the sunrise over the UNESCO protected rice terraces of Yuanyang and then travel to the Tibetan highlands north of Yunnan Province - to Zhongdian at 3'300m.

Travel from China to Vietnam by Railway

15-17 days
China Tour
Crossborder-Tours
Private Tours

Railway Journey from Beijing in China to Hanoi in Vietnam

China journey by Rail from China to Vietnam. With the construction of the modern CRH high-speed railway network, a journey by rail in China has become a pleasant travel experience. With more than 300 kilometers per hour you travel comfortably through the rural areas of China. You travel across the border into Vietnam where you travel by the nostalgic, over 100 years old night train at leisurely pace from Lao Cai to Hanoi. On this China trip you will follow the footsteps of the French colonialists and ride aboard the antique Jiayang steam train in Sichuan Province.

Travel the magnificent south-west of China: Sichuan and Yunnan

18 or more days
China Tour
Private Tours
Sichuan Tours

Journey though Yunnan and Sichuan provinces in South-West China

Travel from Sichuan to Yunnan in China! Your journey through south-west China starts in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province and the home of the famous Giant Panda Bears. From Chengdu you travel by the modern bullet train CRH via the megacity Chongqing to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province in the far south-west part of China. Apart from the spectacular landscapes and modern mega-cities, you will also focus on the rich cultural legacy of South-West China.

Yunnan Pu Er Tea Workshop Xishuangbanna

3-5 days
Cultural Tours
Private Tours

The art of Tea making

For centuries Pu’er Tea has been cultivated in the mountainous area of southern Yunnan and its quality is gaining on popularity all around the world.  With this trip we offer you a unique in depth experience of the art of tea making. You stay at the home of a local tea farmer, right in the heart of one of China’s most significant tea planting areas. From the villagers you will learn how tea is picked, fried, rolled and dried; and you will be able to press your own tea cake from the tea you have made!

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