Although Yunnan province is less developed economically, when compared with China's eastern provinces, its tourism resources are so rich that one should not explore China without visiting Yunnan. From the world-renowned Lijiang, to numerous small ancient towns; From the amazing Karst formations to the newly listed World Heritage Site Hani Terrace, Yunnan can be a complete eye-opener for even the most discerning travelers. Here are eight Yunnan destinations not to be missed, although we are sure that the place's natural wonders and cultural landscapes are far beyond the few spots listed here.
Mixing oriental culture with contemporary recreational opportunities, Dali, Lijiang and Lugu Lake offer the best LOHAS (Lifestyles of health and sustainability) lifestyle in Yunnan. Visitors can have an afternoon tea in Lijiang old town, watch Mosuo traditional dance shows at Lugu Lake, have a walk on the terraces, relax by a quiet lake, have a taste of the local cuisine or buy some souvenirs in the old street.