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Yunnan Travel Tips


What you will see in Yunnan

lashi lakeChina's Yunnan Province is rich in natural resources and ethnic minority cultures. It has over 25 different ethnic minority groups and some of the most beautiful ancient towns in China. Visitors to Yunnan can witness the ancient ethnic minority cultures that have been handed down for centuries. The ancient towns of Lijiang, Dali, Shangri La, and the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture are very popular destinations in Yunnan Province.


Travel Tips in Yunnan

jakhang temple1. Bring some necessary medicines with you, such as: the medicines for flu, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, etc that you use at home; and some Antihistamine, used for allergic reactions and insect bites;
2. Wear gym shoes or comfortable walking shoes, which will be good for your feet and ease your trip. Sunscreen is also recommended, as well as carrying bottled water with you. If you are photography lover,do not forget your camera, film and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself;
3. Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Yunnan,but you can exchange your money at the many Bank of China outlets throughout the province. Most major hotels in Yunnan's larger cities will accept major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find;
4. There are many star rated hotels in the major cities or towns of Yunnan. Tiger Leaping Gorge,due to its rocky terrain only has guesthouses available. Although they lack many of the amenities found in star rated hotels,the guesthouses are family run and quite clean;
5. There are many options for getting around in Yunnan, such as taxis, busses, minibuses, pedicabs and of course by your private driver. There are also cars and bikes for rent;
6. The water in streams or valleys is not drinkable, just drinks boiled water or bottled water;
7.Don't tease dogs in villages or along the way; some dogs are very furious to the strangers;
8. Respect the customs of local people when you are planning to visit minorities villages; your tour guide will tell about the proper etiquettes, behaviors; just follow the guide to avoid conflicts with locals;
9. Most Chinese people are friendly; but it is suggested you ask for permission before taking their pictures;
10. Take measures to avoid insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times and wearing long, loose fitting, light colored clothing when you are travelling during summer.


Ethnic Minorities Festival in Yunnan

Yunnanhas so many colorful minority festivals that you can not miss them. When you travel at the festival times, you will not only enjoy the minority culture, but also enjoy the delicious food.

Ethnic Minority
Festival Name
Festival Activities
Dates (2013)

Yi

Torch Festival

Torch Dance, Wrestling, Bull Fight, Performance

31, July

Ikebana Festival

Ikebana, Folk Song

19, March

Tiger Festival

Tiger Dance Performance

17-24, February

Mouding March Fair

Trade Fair, performance

6-8, May

Bai

Dali March Fair

Trade Fair, Horse Race, Performance

24, April -- 30, April

Qing Lady Festival

offer sacrifices, performance

24, February

Raoshan Ling

transplant seedlings

1-3, June

Torch Festival

Torching, Dragon Boat Race, Performance

1, August

Dai

Water Sprinkling Festival

Dragon Boat Race, Water Sprinkling, Performance

9-11, April

Hani

Ant Festival

Hani Cuisine with Ant

31, July

Lady Festival

Swing, Performance

19, March


Lisu

Bath Gathering

Spa Bath, Singing Tournament

13, February

Sword Festival

Climbing Sword Mountain, Diving into Fire Sea, Performance

19, March


Naxi

Bangbang Fair

Horse Race, Performance, Farming Trade Fair

24, February

Sanduo Festival

offer sacrifices, Bullfight

17-21, February

Lahu

Kuza Festival

Elephant Dance, Folk Song

Between March and April in Dai Calendar

Cucurbit Festival

Bonfire, Performance

16-19, November


Tibetan

Tibetan New Year

Horse Race, Picnic, Performance

10, February

Horse Race Festival

Horse Race

May, June

Danu Festival

Wushu, Ball Tournament, Singing and dancing

6, July

Getang Festival

Dating, Lover's Song

19, November

Zhuang

Longduan Festival

Opera, Acrobatics, Performance

4, May

De'ang

Water Sprinkling Festival

Water Sprinkling, Performance

7-8, April

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