Traditional Ethnic Villages in Yunnan

Yunnan is about to become China’s number one destination for domestic and foreign travellers. Home to half of China’s ethnic minorities, this province in southwest China is cultural corridor. With landscapes ranging from high-mountains in the north to remnants of rain forests in the south, it is also a reservoir of biodiversity.

With an expanding network of highways, train lines and airports (there are direct flights from the capital to Zhongdian, Lijiang, Dali, Tengchong, Mangshi, Baoshan, Lincang and Jinghong where the a bigger airport is now complete), tourism is intensifying and getting around has never been easier.

I have skipped the well-known über-touristy travel destinations of Western Yunnan’s backpackers’ trail, namely Lijiang,Dali and Shangrila to give you a list of ten villages easily accessible from the main touristic hub. Some are definitely off-the-beaten path, others have been recently been put on the map of both domestic and foreign travelers and are about to change dramatically.