Lijiang – Black Dragon Pool

One of the main sights in Lijiang and situated just outside of the old town, the Black Dragon Pool is a beautiful scenic spot in a very convenient location. That does mean that it is very busy, but also worth a quick visit if you're in the area. The main highlight of the Black Dragon … Continue reading Lijiang – Black Dragon Pool

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Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)

Probably the most spectacular and disappointing spot I visited this summer, Jade Dragon Stone Mountain was both incredible and a massive let-down. It is a popular scenic spot a few hours drive from Lijiang in Yunnan Province. The mountain itself is part of the larger Yulong mountain range, which also forms one side of the … Continue reading Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (玉龙雪山)

Puzhehei Face Washing Festival

One of our taxi drivers in Kunming recommended Puzhehei as a great day trip from Kunming, since at the time it was the annual Face Painting Festival (花脸节) of the local Sani people. This month-long festival starts in late July each year, and traditionally participants had their faces washed in the river before painting them … Continue reading Puzhehei Face Washing Festival

Yunnan Nationalities Village

This large open-air ethnographic museum displays model villages and culture of the 26 ethnic groups that make up the Yunnan population. It is laid out almost like a theme park, celebrating the different ways of life of the people - although to some this could be interpreted as touristifying minority cultures, which historically have been … Continue reading Yunnan Nationalities Village

Kunming – Daguan Park

This beautiful, peaceful park in the suburbs of Kunming is a lovely spot to wander around and relax. The park is centred around the Daguan Pavilion, the square in front of which appears to be a popular exercise spot for locals. The remainder of the park surrounds a beautiful lake area, which was full of … Continue reading Kunming – Daguan Park

Kunming – Jiuxiang Scenic Area (九乡风景区)

After a quick visit to the famous Stone Forest, we headed over to the Jiuxiang Scenic Area - another must-see sight in Kunming. This large scenic area is famous for its incredible caves, valleys and rivers carving around the dramatic mountains. I have to admit, I wasn't massively overwhelmed and some areas felt a little … Continue reading Kunming – Jiuxiang Scenic Area (九乡风景区)

Kunming – Stone Forest (石林)

After a hectic week exploring Hebei province (the one around Beijing), I met up with a lovely Chinese family who had basically adopted me during my year abroad studying in Harbin. We flew down to Yunnan Province (the one bordering Vietnam) to spend a week exploring the unique culture of this region. Our first stop … Continue reading Kunming – Stone Forest (石林)