Yunnan: The Hidden Paradise of China – Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La | The Travel Intern


In the southwestern region of China lies Yunnan province. Dubbed as China’s hidden paradise, follow our adventures through the lesser-known cities of Kunming, Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-la.

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00:51 – Yunnan Nationalities Village
Yunnan province is home to 26 different minority ethnic groups and you can experience all of them right here! (FUN FACT: China has a total of 56 ethnic groups! Talk about diversity!)

01:04 – Dragon Gate, Western Hills
Skillfully carved on a large natural rock, it is said that once you enter the dragon gate, you will become famous and successful. Who can say no to good luck?!

01:20 – Green Lake Park
Here at one of the most beautiful parks in Kunming city, you can catch locals engaging in recreational activities!

01:31 – Shilin Stone Forest
Marvel at the different karst formation around this stone forest!

01:41 – Jiuxiang Scenic Region
Explore the cluster of karst caves in this region, the largest of such complex in China!


01:50 – Three Pagodas
Three impressive 1,800-year-old pagodas that are still standing to this day and are a symbol of the history of Dali City.

02:04 – Dali Ancient City
A thousand-year-old city with so much history and culture where the past and present coexist.


02:23 – Old Town of Lijiang
A town with a history going back more than 1,000 years, it remains largely untouched and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

02:48 – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Scale this 5,596-metre giant! (SIKE! You can actually take a cable car up 4506 metres!)

02:51 – Blue Moon Valley
As its name suggests, it’s an extremely blue river meandering through a lush valley of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain! Definitely a must-visit!

02:58 – Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (4506-metre peak)
Get a bird’s eye view of Lijiang from on top the most southerly snowcapped mountain in the Northern Hemisphere!

03:07 – Impression Lijiang
Catch this magnificent outdoor singing and dancing performance demonstrating the tradition and lifestyle of the local ethnic people! You even get a picturesque view of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain as the background!

03:12 – Black Dragon Pool
A great place to see the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain but an even better place to take sick IG pictures!

03:23 – Tiger Leaping Gorge
If you’re all about that hiking/fitspo life then we recommend going on this 2-day-1-night hike up the Tiger Leaping Gorge! The views are out of this world! That, we guarantee!


04:16 – Songzanlin Lamasery
Visit the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple complex in Yunnan Province!

04:26 – Dukezong Ancient City
It is the largest and best-preserved Tibetan city among China’s Tibetan counties!

04:40 – Balagezong Scenic Area
Soak in the sights and sound of this beautiful area and discover its unique beauty with rich Tibetan culture!

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  2. Visited Yunnan in January and I have to say that I am not disappointed! Managed to find out all the hidden spots and best photo places in Yunnan as well! Thanks for sharing!


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