There’s so much more to China than the Great Wall, Forbidden City and the Terracotta Army. One of our favourite places to explore is Yunnan province in the south-west of the country, which varies in landscape from tropical lowlands to Himalayan snows. With towering canyons, ethereal rock formations and cities that seem lost in time, there's plenty to capture the imagination – that's why we included it in our Rough Guide to 2019. Here's our must-see Yunnan top ten:
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The province’s black and green teas are equally interesting, sometimes harvested from ancient trees rather than the more familiar monoculture bushes of other areas. The richness of the moss, lichens and epiphytes on the trees add to the flavour of the finished product. Arrange a plantation tour to learn more about the process, and get a taste of the coveted brew.
Morning mist over a tea plantation, Yunnan © ArtWell/Shutterstock
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Top image: Lijiang old town with the jade dragon snow mountains in the background © Thawatchai W/Shutterstock