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Imperial dragon patterns

Self-Guided Biking Tour of Dali [Downloadable Map]

Grab your camera and get ready to see our favorite parts of Dali on this self-guided biking tour. Download the map to begin your own Dali adventure. Image by Jeremy Foster via Flickr
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The mystic Yellow Mountain in Anhui

Sip on Ancient Tea and Dance Around a Bonfire: Get a Taste of Local Life in Yunnan’s Minority Villages

No other place in China gets as diverse as Yunnan, both in its splendid palette of landscapes and its exceptional mix of minority communities. Here, 25 of China’s 55 minority groups find sanctuary, their traditions...
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Beautiful night in an old town in Yunnan

Must Try Yunnan Recipes

Chinese cuisine is much more than the sickeningly sweet orange chicken and limp chow mein you may have encountered outside of China. In fact, Chinese cuisine is very diverse and varies from province to province....
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Beautiful night in an old town in Yunnan

Yunnan’s Ancient Tea & Horse Caravan Road

Where in China can you experience a mix of history, culture, and nature?       You can explore some of China’s most diverse cultures, ecology, and landscapes in Yunnan Province, just south of the Tibetan Plateau....
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Chinese door in Hutong alley

My Perfect Day in Shangri-La

Imagine waking up each morning to the comforting smell of sweet Caravan Breakfast coffee, enjoying a buttery scone with a spoonful of flavorful honeysuckle honey while admiring the mystical valleys of Shangri-la, and ending your...
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Traditional Chinese Architecture

T+L’s Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012: Xishuangbanna in Yunnan Province

Featured in the January 2012 issue of Travel + Leisure as one of the “Hottest Travel Destinations for 2012“, WildChina’s journey in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan made the cut! Xishuangbanna (pronounced she-shwang-ban-na), in the southern part of...
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Man enjoying his tea

Dai food: Chinese cuisine’s best-kept secret

Dai food: Chinese cuisine’s best-kept secret. While most of China is frozen or at least quite cold, there are still some parts of the country’s south that are enjoying shorts and t-shirt weather during the...
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Girl praying at an ancient temple

3 days in Lijiang and 2 days in Shangri-La

An old friend sent me this inquiry: We (3 of us) are going to Yunnan for the last week of August. We have things pretty well organized and plan to spend 3 days in Lijiang...
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Rice Terraces in the south of China

Beyond Lijiang

  While the tiled roofs of Lijiang make for picture-perfect views, the scene on the streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is often less than tranquil. According to a report from UNESCO, from 1997...
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China's rice terraces

Guangxi: Soaking in the Natural Beauty

As with my other stops, I have met interesting people here in Guangxi province, south of Guizhou, including an artist famous for his "shan shui" (mountains and water) paintings.  But this time, it is the...
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