7 Photos That Will Make You Want to Visit Yunnan China

Yunnan Province in southwestern China is its most ethnically diverse area. More than half of China’s ethnic minority groups live here, the largest of which is the Dai people, who are closely related to the Lao and Thai people who form a majority in Laos and Thailand. Just as diverse is the landscape in Yunnan China. You can find everything from peaceful rice terraces to dense jungles to snow-capped mountains. Here are 9 photos that give you a glimpse into the wonderful world of Yunnan Province.

Shilin Stone Forest

Shilin Stone Forest National Park in Yunnan China. Photo: Tan Wei Ming
Shilin Stone Forest National Park in Yunnan China. Photo: Tan Wei Ming

The name Shilin, literally means “Stone Forest”, and thats the best way to describe these beautiful limestone formations. They are towers that rise up from the ground like gigantic stalagmites. The Stone Forest is located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, China.

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple in Yunnan China. Photo: itorn
Yuantong Temple in Yunnan China. Photo: itorn

Yuantong Temple is the most famous Buddhist temple in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, China. King Yimouxun of the Nanzhao Kingdom built the temple during the late eighth century. The temple complex is built around Yuantong Hall/Mahavira Hall and is known as the “Fane on the Water.” A stone bridge connects Mahavira Hall and the temple entrance.

Tiger Leaping Gorge

Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan China. Photo: Łukasz Kurbiel
Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan China. Photo: Łukasz Kurbiel

Tiger Leaping Gorge is a scenic canyon on the Jinsha River. Tiger Leaping Gorge is one of the deepest river canyons in the world, with a maximum depth of approximately 12,434 feet from river to mountain peak. The gorge is divided into three segments called Upper Gorge, Middle Gorge and Lower Gorge.

Showfall in Yunnan

Yulong Snow Mountain in Yunnan China. Photo: Kwan Wong
Yulong Snow Mountain in Yunnan China. Photo: Kwan Wong

Yunnan has quite a few areas that are great for hiking and mountaineering. Snowfall can be significant in Yunnan even though it is in the southwest of China, and not the colder north.

Lijiang

Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang, Yunnan China. Photo : Songquan Deng
Black Dragon Pool in Lijiang, Yunnan China. Photo : Songquan Deng

Lijiang is a city in the northwest of Yunnan province, known for being very popular amongst tourists. More than 13 million people visit Lijiang each year. Lijiang was built in the Southern Song Dynasty, dating back to more than eight hundred years ago.

Meili Snow Mountain

Kawaboge Peak of Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan China. Photo: LAOLUSHANGLAI
Kawaboge Peak of Meili Snow Mountain in Yunnan China. Photo: LAOLUSHANGLAI

Meili Snow Mountain, also known as Prince Snow Mountain, is located about 6 miles northeast of Deqin County in Yunnan Province. It sits on the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, right by the three famous rivers, the Jinsha, Mekong and Salwen. Kawagebo is the highest peak of the mountain, with an altitude of 6,740 meters.

Erhai Lake

Erhai Lake in Yunnan China. Photo: LAOLUSHANGLAI
Erhai Lake in Yunnan China. Photo: LAOLUSHANGLAI

Erhai Lake is the largest lake next to Dianchi, and one of the seven biggest fresh water lakes in China. Its name means “Ear-shaped Sea”, due to its shape as seen by locals and travellers. However, Erhai Lake was once known as Yeyuze or Kunming Lake.

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From its breathtaking Stone Forest rock formations to its snow-capped peaks, here are 7 photos you have to see.

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