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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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Mt. Cang Cloud Traveler’s Path – Dali, Yunnan Posted by on Feb 29, 2016

Mt. Cang Dali

The Old Town of Dali can be intense with the traffic and crowds, but it’s still possible to find peace and quiet – you just have to hike up a mountain! Check out this video highlight of walking the Cloud Traveler’s Path along Mt. Cang.

Shaxi Ancient Town Posted by on Jan 25, 2016

Shaxi Yunnan

Most backpackers in Yunnan follow a pretty beaten path – Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, and Tiger Leaping Gorge. This is all doable in 10-14 days, all linked up with public transportation, and these places all cater to tourists. There are also many interesting places in Yunnan that are quite hard to get to, especially if you…

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The Ancient Town of Lijiang Posted by on Jan 11, 2016

Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Lijiang in this short video. Stroll around the ancient town, visit the Black Dragon Pool, take in the views at Guangbi Tower, check out a Naxi orchestra performance, and  take a trip out to Shuhe, another ancient town.  

Haba – A Village in the Clouds Posted by on Dec 6, 2015

After exploring the ancient town of Lijiang and tackling the epic Tiger Leaping Gorge hike, our journey through northern Yunnan province rolled on with a stop in a small mountainous village. The point of stopping in Haba village (哈巴村 – hǎ bā cūn) was to recuperate a bit from the exhausting hike, and also to visit…

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Tiger Leaping Gorge Posted by on Oct 12, 2015

Tiger Leaping Gorge

For lovers of the great outdoors and adventure travel, one place that should be high atop your China bucket list is the Tiger Leaping Gorge (虎跳峡 – hǔ tiào xiá) in Yunnan province. This epic 2-day hike takes you up in the mountains, where you’ll truly feel like you’re hiking in the clouds as you…

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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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