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Lesser Known Yunnan

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For the adventurous spirits who make it to China's West, Yunnan is a usual stop: Kunming, Lijiang, Dali, Tiger Leaping Gorge, sometimes Shangri-La (Shangelila/Zhongdian) and Xishuangbanna. There are lesser known places here too, infrequently seen by Westerners or by other Chinese for that matter. Take a look, then go.
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Lugu Lake, China
In 2012, I went to southern China to learn about the Musuo tribe - the world's last matriarch society. In this culture, women inherit all property and money, and make all family decisions. The Musuo do not marry, instead women take as many lovers...
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Xiaomoyu, Xishan, Kunming, Yunnan, China
Every time I’ve been to this spot I’m amazed at how beautiful it is. And every trip there’s been something new to discover. There’s a fantastic cave the more experienced climber can enjoy but for non-climbers like me it’s a great place to sit and...
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Pingbian, Honghe, Yunnan, China
At the turn of the 20th century, French imperialists in Indochina took advantage of the weakness of China's Qing government and built a 855-km narrow gauge railroad from Haiphong to Kunming. Thus, the remote southwestern province of Yunnan was...
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Gucheng, Lijiang, Yunnan, China
Dongba was considered as medium between humans. At present, there are no more than 30 Dongbas living in Lijiang, so it is a memorable experience for travelers to visit these Dongbas.
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Jianshui, Honghe, Yunnan, China
Of all the cities I’ve had the “pleasure” of visiting in Yunnan, Jianshui stands out by a mile. As you drive in to the city it appears to be just like any other but once you get off the bus and start exploring you’ll discover cobbled streets,...
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Pedestrian St, Gucheng Qu, Lijiang Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 674100
China is a paradise for foodies. I try everything I'm offered and my repertoire includes many things that most Americans would cringe at eating. Top of the list, however, is a scorpion, which I indulged in on a visit to the Old City of Lijiang....
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36 Minzhu Rd, Gucheng Qu, Lijiang Shi, Yunnan Sheng, China, 674100
Food...in...China It's an endless spectrum of gastro-delights. Yunnan cuisine is a less-known and underappreciated culinary tradition, with tremendous variety and variation due to the large number of distinct minority cultures there. This July I...
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Shangri-La, Deqen, Yunnan, China
During two weeks of language study in Lijiang, Yunnan, we took a weekend jaunt to the fabled Shangri-La. Of course, Shangri-La is an imaginary place, and the town is actually called Zhongdian. But it's a brilliant marketing idea, to say the least!...
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Shangri-La, Deqen, Yunnan, China
Every time I travel the world, I try to participate in a real and important event related to the location. While in Shangri-La, Yunnan, Tibet, China, I was able to attend, along with my friends, to an unforgettable wedding. The bride was the...