1 Kunming’s bars

Check out the laidback nightlife in one of China’s most relaxed cities.

2 Yuanyang

Base yourself in this attractive town and visit nearby minority villages set in a landscape spectacularly sliced up by rice terraces.

3 Dali

An old town with an enjoyable, relaxed travellers’ quarter, offering café society and lush scenery.

4 Cycling around Lijiang

Take yourself out of the touristy town centre and cycle around the well-preserved villages at the heart of the Naxi Kingdom.

5 Lugu Lake

Tranquil lakeside resort with matriarchal villages on a backroads route into Sichuan.

6 Tiger Leaping Gorge

Relax for a few days on the ridge of this dramatic gorge, trekking between farmstead homestays.

7 Meili Xue Shan

Dramatic jagged scenery along the northwestern border with Tibet.

8 Jungle trekking, Xishuangbanna

Explore a region populated by many different ethnic groups, each with their own distinctive dress and customs.

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