The Yunnan region, located in the extreme south of China, is a popular destination for the Chinese themselves as well as by tourists from all over the world to discover a more authentic China.
Yunnan and its ethnic groups
In this region, at the heart of which live more than twenty different ethnicities, nature is striking and traditions are perennial.
Some of these ethnic groups have several million people when others count less than five thousand. They are ethnic minorities who benefit from different programmes of cultural and social protection. When visiting Yunnan, they are crossed in towns and villages as in the most remote places. Many still live in Yunnan in a very traditional way. Those who have made this journey always come back dazzled.
It is a traditional and emblematic face of China that we discover in Yunnan but also an exceptional natural spectacle. From the Tibetan plateau to the Vietnam border, there are many hikes to do.
The ethnic groups of Yunnan share a region roughly large as Germany (nearly 400 000 km2) where the mountain is queen (covering not far from 9 tenths of the territory) with a sum of more than 6000 meters. But in the south of Yunnan, landscapes and climate are already sub-tropical.
Yunnan and what to offer
Yunnan is crossed, among other things, by the famous Yangtse and Mekong rivers. The landscapes are spectacular since they see snow-capped mountains (the famous eternal snows), including the birth of the Himalayan chain, immense gorges (including those of the Tiger jump), mythical rivers and paddy fields as far as the eye is in sight ( Yuanyang) among the largest and most beautiful of all.
Tea and tobacco are also grown in Yunnan. The area is also known for the cultivation of many medicinal plants that can be bought in the markets or in shops.
In the capital Kunming, we prefer a city like Lijiang, classified as a Unesco World Heritage site.
There cross bridges and canals through the countless pagodas and roof-tiled houses. We are not very far from Tibet, in a setting that seems to have been frozen in time.