Yunnan Travel Guide

Yunnan Travel Guide

By Sunny XieUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

Yunnan, literally meaning "South of the Clouds", attracts a large number of visitors with its diverse cultures, rich history, and spectacular landscapes.

Lijiang Ancient TownLijiang Ancient Town

Yunnan COVID Restrictions [Jan. 2021]

Yunnan is conditionally open and can be visited. If you are planning a trip to Yunnan and want to know more details, please contact us. Alternatively, you can check out our popular Yunnan tours for inspiration.

What you will need to visit:

Location of Yunnan

Yunnan Province is in central south China, bordering Sichuan Province to the north, Guizhou Province and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region to the east, Vietnam to the southeast, Laos to the south, Myanmar to the west, and Tibet to the northwest.

Top Reasons to Visit Yunnan

Visiting Local Minority Family in LijiangVisiting Local Minority Family in Lijiang

Cannot wait to visit Yunnan. Follow the link to our Yunnan tours to find out what might interest you.

Recommended Yunnan Tours:

The Most Popular Tourist Cities in Yunnan

Yunnan Province is endowed with abundant tourist attractions, and its regions attract visitors with their unique features.

Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, is praised as The Spring City for its climate that avoids extremes and most resembles the season of spring.

Must-See Attractions in Kunming:

More on attractions in Kunming>>>

Lijiang is a relaxing place that blends historical sites, snow-capped mountains, gorges, and ethnic minority cultures.

Must-See Attractions in Lijiang:

More on attractions in Lijiang>>>

Dali is famous for its beautiful natural scenery and well-preserved Bai minority customs and culture.

Must-See Attractions in Dali:

More on attractions in Dali>>>

Shangri-La: a place with a venerated range of snowy mountains and Tibetan culture.

ATV Experience in DaliATV Experience in Dali

Must-See Attractions in Shangri-La:

More on attractions in Shangri-La>>>

Yunnan has plenty of choices for those who wish to take an off-the-beaten-track tour, and Yunnan is also a paradise for photographing, hiking, and mountaineering of different levels. Read more on top things to do in Yunnan and choose the ones that might attract you most or contact our Yunnan expert for advice and a customized tour.    

Yunnan Weather

The weather of Yunnan Province is as varied as its terrain, with a temperate mountainous zone in the west, a tropical zone to the south, and a subtropical zone in between.

Generally speaking, the weather in most areas of Yunnan is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer. It is suitable to visit Yunnan all year round.

The time to visit Yunnan largely depends on what you want to see, and which parts you want to go to.

More on Yunnan Weather and things to do by season>>>

Xizhou Town in DaliXizhou Town in Dali

Colorful Minority Cultures

There are 25 different ethnic minorities represented in the province.

The most prominent are the Yi (their most distinctive celebration is the Torch Festival), the Bai (the March Fair being their main celebration), and the Dai (the Water Splashing Festival, a.k.a. Spring Festival, is their main celebration). More on festivals in Yunnan>>>

The Naxi, with their unique Dongba culture, recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage, inhabit the area in and around the city of Lijiang especially.

The Mosuo, known as the world’s last matriarchal society, live around picturesque Lugu Lake near Lijiang.

More on Chinese Ethnic Groups >>>

Recommended Minority Culture tours in Yunnan:

Yunnan Taboos You Should Know

Respect local customs and traditions. Many inhabitants of Yunnan are minority peoples with a wide variety of beliefs and traditional rules. In order to respect the traditions and customs of the local people, please remember the customs listed below or contact us for updated travel information.


In Tibetan areas:

Tibetan People in Shangri-laTibetan People in Shangri-la

In Yi areas:

In Dai areas:

In Jingpo Minority areas:

Our Most Popular Yunnan Tours

Want to discover Yunnan — the most ethnically diverse province in China, which also has awesome scenery? Tell us your interests and requirements, and we will help you to tailor-make a Yunnan tour.

Here are our most popular tours, for inspiration:

See more Yunnan tours, which cover the highlights in Yunnan and also include exclusive programs to give a unique experience.

We are here to help you...
start planning your tailor-made China tour with 1-1 help from our travel advisors. Create Your Trip
China Highlights tailor-makes China tours to help travelers discover China their way. We're a passionate team of one hundred avid travelers who love to share our knowledge of China with those looking for a more authentic travel experience, more ...
Featured on
info template feature on