One week in Yunnan, China's southmost province. I started in Kunming, "the city of eternal spring" and capital of Yunnan. The next stop were the world-famous rice terraces in Yuangyang and afterwards I went to Jinghong in Xishuangbanna, the southmost part of China next to the border to Burma and Laos. Culturally, it feels way more south-east Asian than traditionally Chinese
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Stop # 1Sightseeing
"The city of eternal spring"
Shilin Stone Forest
It's exactly what it says: A giant "forest" made up of 20m high limestone formations. It's absolutely incredible and a great day trip from Kunming. You can take the bus from Kunming East Bus station (~2h to Shilin). Tickets are 87,5 Yuan for students (2016).
Stop # 2Explore
If you want to take photos of the paddy fields reflecting the sunlight then go in winter when they are flooded with water. Still pretty in summer tho
Yuanyang rice terraces
The world-famous Yuanyang rice terraces are located deep in the mountains of Yunnan. To get in, take the bus from Kunming to Yuanyang and then take a mini bus or cab even higher up the mountains to one of the small villages in the area (I stayed at Timeless Youth Hostel in Pugao Laozhai which was great). You can explore the rice terraces by hiking, bus or cab. For the best views get up at sunrise. The villagers all wear their traditional dress as part of their day-to-day life.
Stop # 3Explore
Life happens mostly at night because of the tropical climate. Very laid back city with great night markets and fruit I had never seen before.