Yunnan, China’s southwestern most province, is home to warmer weather, diverse culture, delicious foods, and beautiful scenery. And now, it’s more convenient than ever to visit. Here’s three reasons why you should flock southwest this winter.
It just got a lot easier to visit Yunnan
Today, a new high speed rail line beginning in Shanghai and ending in Kunming will open. This new railway will bring the travel time down from 36 hours to just 8. Tickets will cost around 600-800RMB (88-118USD), and major stops along the way will include Hangzhou, Nanchang, Changsha, and Guiyang. Yunnan is home to many popular areas in China, including Tiger Leaping Gorge, Jade Dragon Mountain, the Dongchuan Red Soil Land, and the Stone Forest.
The weather will be great
Frequent destinations in Yunnan like Lijiang and Dali have an average high of around 16 Celcius (60 Fahrenheit) in December, and Xishuangbanna (home to the only tropical rainforest in China) averages 26 Celcius (78 Fahrenheit) in December. This makes being outdoors really enjoyable in the winter months in Yunnan. Its proximity to the rest of Southeast Asia also makes it a great base from which you can jump over to Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Myanmar.
The food is awesome
Yunnan is home to 25 of China’s ethnic minority groups, which make up over 34% of the local population. With this diversity comes all kinds of delicious food, including roast duck, pineapple rice, and Yunnan-style mashed potatoes. Influences from the neighboring regions, including Thailand to the southwest, Tibet to the northwest, and Sichuan to the northeast, have brought incredible diversity to the food options in Yunnan on top of the already unique local fares.
All in all, Yunnan is a great place to visit in the wintertime. Whether you want to go outdoors and explore nature, or stay indoors and enjoy some delicious eats, Yunnan is only a day away this winter with the new high speed rail line. Come visit with us!
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