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Water Splashing Festival in 90 Seconds Posted by on Apr 13, 2018

Water Splashing Festival in 90 Seconds

Every year from April 13-15, the city of Jinghong in southern Yunnan celebrates the Water Splashing Festival (泼水节 – pō shuǐ jié). The first day is full of dragon boat races and an epic release of flying lanterns. On day two, people go to the temple for the washing of the Buddha cleansing ritual. The…

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Yunnan Travel Guide Posted by on Mar 21, 2018

Yunnan Travel Guide

If you translate Yunnan (云南 – yún nán) directly, you get “South of the Clouds.” Once you visit this province in southwest China, you’ll quickly see where it gets the name. Full of epic mountains that touch the sky, Yunnan really does feel like you’re just south of the clouds. Our last post introduced the…

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Yunnan Cuisine Posted by on Dec 20, 2017

Yunnan Cuisine

Yunnan province is one of the most beautiful places to travel in China. In addition to amazing places like Dali and the Tiger Leaping Gorge, it’s also home to some pretty delicious cuisine. From the crossing the bridge rice noodles to the yummy old grandma’s potatoes, they’re cooking up lots of good stuff here. Let’s…

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Dai New Year in Yunnan (Part Three) Posted by on Apr 19, 2016

On the last of the 3-day celebration for the Dai New Year, you’ll see why they call it the Water Splashing Festival (泼水节 – pō shuǐ jié). Check out some highlights in this short video.

Dai New Year in Yunnan (Part Two) Posted by on Apr 18, 2016

For Day 2 of 3 in the Dai New Year celebrations in southern Yunnan, most people head to the local temple to perform the ritual of washing the Buddha. Spend the rest of the afternoon strolling around the park, and then take in a cultural performance in the evening.

Dai New Year in Yunnan (Part One) Posted by on Apr 13, 2016

Jinghong Dai New Year

The Dai people in Southern Yunnan province celebrate their New Year from April 13-15, just as the people in Thailand and Cambodia do. This 3-day festival kicks off with a parade, dragon boat races, and thousands of flying lanterns being released into the sky along the Mekong River. See the highlights from Day One in…

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20 Reasons to Visit Yunnan Posted by on Aug 26, 2015

There’s been a lot of talk about Yunnan province here on the blog lately, and for good reason – I recently finished up a year of living, working, and traveling there. I’ve been a lot of great places across China in my half a decade here, but none has captured my imagination and inspired me…

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