Yunnan Travel Information
Your Yunnan trip will most likely start in Kunming. The city of Kunming is the capital of the Yunnan Province and is located about 1900 meters above sea level. The very balanced climate throughout the year earned Kunming the name "City of Eternal Spring in China". This pleasant climate and the many attractions make Kunming an ideal place for a starting point for your Yunnan travels.
The geographical center of Kunming is Green Lake Park, where you can watch many elderly people dancing, playing card or practice Tai Chi during the morning hours. During the winter months thousands of Seagulls migrate to Green Lake Park, escaping the cold temperatures from the northern parts of China. During this time “Bird-feeding” in Green Lake Park is a popular past-time for families on weekends.
Elderly people also use Green Lake Park for their daily exercises like social dancing, Tai Ji, playing badminton or engaging in a game of chess with friends.
Mainly because of its many Universities Kunming is a young and trendy city with an exciting, varied nightlife. Spend the night over a bowl of “Over-The-Bridge” Noodles and then head out to one of the many bars, clubs, microbreweries and pubs that have emerged in recent years.
EXPLORE THE YUNNAN PROVINCE
The Yunnan Province amazes visitors with its unique charm and diversity. Yunnan is China's southern-most Province and shares its borders with Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar and Tibet. From the 6700 meters high majestic mountain peaks in the north to the subtropical lowlands in the south, Yunnan is one of the most facetted and varied provinces in China. Yunnan along is home to 26 ethnic minorities. That is the largest number of different ethnic groups in a single province. Four of China’s major rivers run through the Yunnan Province: The Yangtze, the Mekong, the Salween and the Red River (Yuan Jiang). Furthermore, Yunnan is also the source of the Pearl River that flows into the South China Sea near Guangzhou.
Travel along the "Tea and Horse Road", an extensive network of trade routes connecting the tea growing areas in the southern Yunnan Province with the Tibetan highlands and, by doing so, explore the many magnificent villages along the way. The former wealth of some of these villages is still visible toady. Another place worth mentioning in Yunnan Province are the astonishing rice terraces of Yuanyang south of Kunming. The rice terraces were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2013.
HIKING TOURS IN YUNNAN
With its pleasant climate and the gorgeous scenery, Yunnan Province is predestined for hiking. Weather it is a relaxing day hike in the Tiger Leaping Gorge or a multi-day trekking tour from Lijiang to Lugu Lake, the Yunnan Province offers the ideal hiking tour for every age and fitness level.
Upon request we can implement an interesting hike into your existing Yunnan itinerary according to your hiking skills and fitness. From the hiking tours for the “hard core” hiker with overnight accommodation in tents to the more relaxing multi-day hikes with accommodation in simple guesthouses, the Yunnan Province has it all.
Ask us about your personal hiking itinerary for the Yunnan Province.
YUNNAN WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Due to the vast size and the geography, the Yunnan Province can be divided into 3 climate zones: In tropical, subtropical and temperate climate zone. The weather in Yunnan Province is characterized by two main seasons. A dry monsoon season in winter and a more humid and warmer monsoon season in summer. Most precipitation in Yunnan is between June and September.
However, there are climatic variations with various microclimates throughout the province due to differences in elevation. Xishuangbanna in the south is best visited from November to March during the “cool season”. April and May are the hottest months there. Kunming on the other hand has a moderate climate throughout the year, the coldest months are January and February when temperatures can reach as low as 10 degrees Celsius. The Tibetan Plateau in the northwest of Yunnan is best visited in spring and autumn. In winter temperatures up on the Tibetan Plateau can drop far below freezing.