SOUTHERN CHINA - YUNNAN PROVINCE
Yunnan, the eighth largest of China's 31 provinces, borders Guizhou Province and Guangxi Autonomous Region on the east, reaches north to Sichuan Province, the Tibetan Autonomous Region on the west and the south it borders Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam along a 4,060 kilometer international boundary.
Yunnan also lies in close vicinity to Thailand, Cambodia, Bangladesh and India and is at an average elevation of about 2000 metres.
A rough, mountainous land affected by the formation of the Himalayas, its highest point is Meili Snow Mountain, in the northwest, at 6780 metres and its lowest is at Hekou, on the Vietnam border, at about 70 metres
18 day MAGIC & SPLENDOURS OF CHINA'S NATIONAL MINORITIES
All inclusive journey across a mysterious, beautiful and affluent land.
AUD$6990 pp twn sh
USD 4350 pp twn sh ex Bangkok
An overland journey is a true adventure, staying in regional hotels and visiting villages off the beaten track.
The province's population is composed of 25 different and colourful ethnic minorities.
Flying Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong
Extra nights available Kunming, Guilin, Hong Kong.
The scenic southwest of China is relatively underpopulated.
The stunning countryside is a tangle of mountains and precipitous cliffs cut through by roaring rivers and covered with lush sub-tropical jungle.
Kunming is the capital of the Southern province of YUNNAN. Yunnan is the sixth largest of China's 23 provinces.
Its towering ice mountains adjoin Tibet and Myanmar in the northwest and the lush tropical jungles border Laos and Vietnam in the south.
It is noted for a pleasant climate , picturesque scenery and the instinctive styles of its colourful minority people.
Often referred to as the 'Kingdom of Animals' and the Kingdom of Plants', it is equally famous for the rich culture and customs of its 25 different ethnic minority groups.
12 day YUNNAN ADVENTURE includes KUNMING, DALI, LIJIANG & ZHONGDIAN
from AUD$5450 pp twn sh ex Australia
TREKKING IN YUNNAN
Yunnan Province is a continuation of the Tibetan plateau. In the west, a series of high mountain chains, collectively called the Hengduan Shan, run roughly northwest to southeast, then branch out in a fan shape. From west to east these high mountains are the Gaolilyong Shan, Nu Shan and the Yunling. In the eastern plateau region, the northeast to southwest ranges are Jiaozi, Wulian, Wumeng, Liangwang, Niushou and Liushao Shan. Approximately 30 mountain tops rise well above 2500 meters. Mount Kagebo, the peak of the Meiii Sriow Mountains and the highest point in the province, is in the northwest of the province, and soars 6740 meters above sea level.
The beautifully scenic routes across the northwestern plateau of Yunnan offer a visual experience like no other. There is an active exploration featuring spectacular sights in remote Dali and Lijiang and up onto the Yunnan-Sichuan border, where the Daughters Kingdom hides.
Walk historic trails, visit villages of different minorities and journey to ancient sacred sites.
The region is traditionally occupied by the ancient Yi, Mosuo, Naxi, Tibetan and Bai ethnic groups.
The Mosuo people still keep a bizarre custom-matriarchal society.
12 day ZHONGDIAN GELUPA MASK DANCES & ALPINE TREK moderate
16 day JADE DR ZHONGDIAN GELUPA MASK DANCES & ALPINE TREKAGON ODYSSEY easy
16 day LIJIANG BACKCOUNTRY AND TIGER-LEAPING GORGE strenuous
17 day THE SECRET LAND OF THE DAUGHTERS easy
13 day DAOCHENG YADING PILGRIM TREK strenuous
18 day TIGER-LEAPING GORGE-LUGU LAKE TREK strenuous
the Jinshajiang River, the Lancang River and Nujiang River run in parallel for over 400 kilometers presenting a grand spectacle. At one point only 66 kilometres lie between the three rivers with mountains, canyons, snow capped peaks offering a unique view. The Great Gorge of the Nujiang river along with primeval forests and the grasslands in Zhongdian are some of the most renowned scenic spots in the province. The Tibetan, Naxi and Lisu people who are the main inhabitants of the area, enjoy colorful traditions and customs.
The Yulong Snow Mountains Range stretches across Lijiang, Ninglang and Zhongdian counties in northwest Yunnan. It provides many scenic attractions over a total of 770 square kilometers. Along the snow capped Yulong Mountains, alpine azaleas grow in abundance. The Yangtze River flows through the area and makes the first of its many big turns here. It flows swiftly through the Tiger-leaping Gorge, the deepest gorge known in the world.
The journey to Northwest Yunnan's MT KAWA KARPO, which towers above the town of Deqen, is the finest trip High Asia offers. Interact with over 10 of China's ethnic minority groups, drive and hike from semi-tropical landscape to high alpine tundra, bathe in hot springs on the banks of two and perhaps three of the world's largest rivers, wander through old growth forests (some are the last in China), camp and hike around one of the most beautiful and unexplored mountain ranges in the world, witness religious customs of several distinct races and participate in one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimages on the planet.
21 day MT KAWA KARPO PILGRIMAGE TREK strenuous (May, June only) AUD$6295 pp twn sh
minumum participants - 4 surcharges apply for 2 participants. A VISA is arequired for entry to China.
The Qomolangma Nature Preserve was established on March 18, 1989 The preserve area includes the exceptional biological diversity of the pristine Kama Valley and the more barren high-altitude desert and vast arid grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau, which receive less than 300 millimeters of annual precipitation.
Culturally this is home of the Rongbuk Monastery, the world's highest monastery and year-round human settlement, and Milarepa's Cave. The approximately 70,000 Tibetan nomads and farmers living within the sparsely populated preserve continue to practice their historic mountain-culture traditions.
A VISIT TO YUNNAN IS A FASCINATING JOURNEY OF GEOGRAPHIC AND CULTURAL VARIETY.
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