Mt-Cangshan-Dali-2012-11-ZhaoFan (123)

Mt-Cangshan-Dali-2012-11-ZhaoFan (123)

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"South of the Clouds" is the literal meaning of Yunnan, and stretching from the high Tibetan Plateau down to the subtropical climes bordering Southeast Asia, it is an amazingly diverse place. Yunnan is the most biologically diverse area in the temperate world, and contains a host of rare and endangered wildlife that will delight any naturalist. Located at the crossroads of Tibet, China and Southeast Asia, it is home to a mix of ethnic groups – from Naxi and Tibetan to Dai, Ake, and Hani. The temperature is mild and pleasant throughout most of the year, but can get quite cold in the winter at higher elevations. Southern Yunnan also experiences a rainy season from May to October…

Kunming highlights
Yunnan lies in the southwest of China, well known for its magnificent landscapes and enchan-tingly natural scenes. At this the most southern end of the northern hemisphere, visitors could find sky-piercing snow mountains, thick primitive forests, mysterious deep valleys, torrential rivers, calm and limpid highland lakes, and many wonderful Karst mountains. Yunnan shows colorful and unique ethnic folk customs. Inhabited by 26 ethnic nationalities, the Province is well known for its greatest number of ethnic groups in China. Apart from the Han nationality, there live 25 indigenous ethnic minorities, of which, 15 are the sole ones in China. In the long process of Historic evolution and through exchanging and blending their outstanding cultures, each of those ethnic nationalities has formed its specialized and colorful ethnic culture and art.
Kunming, also known as Spring City for its lovely weather year round, is a relaxed haven to get some rest, eat well and in case you are active a good basis for exploring Yunnan. It’s not a place of great culture or old buildings. It’s just a friendly city you’ll enjoy. The best place to see life in Kunming passing by is taking a seat in the Dianchi Lake and watch the seagulls, praised as "the Pearl of the Plateau", the lake is the sixth largest fresh water lake in China. The Bamboo Temple is another place to go. The 500 arhat statues in the halls are the pride of the temple. An hour outside of Kunming you’ll find Stone Forest with it’s impressive Karst Peaks…
The Stone Forest
The Stone Forest is in Lunan Yi Nationality Autonomous County, which is about 120 kilometers (75 miles) from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. An old local saying says that ‘If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.’ Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan.
Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations. The magnificent, strange and steep landscape creates countless labyrinthine vistas, including:
Major Stone Forest, Minor Stone Forest and Naigu Stone Forest, all of which feature stones in various formations. Animals, plants, and even human figures can be found here. Some are elegant, some are rugged, and each is lifelike with its own distinguishing characteristics.
Subterranean Stone Forest in Zhiyun Cave, an underground stone forest distributed among several caves and occupying a total area of about three square kilometers (720 acres).
Strange Wind Cave, composed of Penfeng Cave, Hongxi Spring and an underground river. From August to November, gales lasting two to three minutes sweep out of the cave every 30 minutes.
Long Lake is a karsts lake that is three kilometers (two miles) long but only 300 meters (zero point two miles) wide. The lake features underwater stalagmites and stalactites and a small island in the center of the water.
The source of the Dadie Waterfall, Ba River, is a branch of Nanpan River. In the rainy season, up to 150 cubic meters (196 cubic yards) of water per square inch plummet down the 88 meter (288 feet) drop.
Geologists say the Stone Forest is a typical example of karsts topography. Approximately 270 million years ago – during the carboniferous period of the Paleozoic era – the region was a vast expanse of sea. Over time, the movements of the lithosphere gradually caused a retreat of the waters and the rise of the limestone landscape. Due to constant erosion by the elements, the area finally developed into the present-day Stone Forest.
Many beautiful legends originate in this magical place, passed along by the native people known as Sani, a branch of the Yi ethnic group. One particular story about the faithful love of Ashima, a beautiful, clever and warm-hearted Sani girl, is the most popular and has been told for thousands of years. The Sani people celebrate their national festival – the Torch Festival – every lunar year on June 24. They take part in traditional performances such as wrestling, bull fighting, pole-climbing, dragon-playing, lion-dancing and the A-xi Moon Dance. During this time, the Stone Forest is alive with a particularly joyful, festive atmosphere, making the area even more attractive than usual. However, the Stone Forest – with its sculptures engraved by nature, herself – is always a true miracle for visitors to behold.

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XishuangBanna
The region of Xishuangbanna is in the deep south of Yunnan, next to the Myanmar and Lao borders. There is home to many unique species of plant and animal life. The jungle areas that remain contain dwindling numbers of wild tigers, leopards, elephants and golden-haried monkeys. Here about one-third of the 800,000-strong population of this region are Dai.
Xishuangbanna it has two seasons: wet and dry. The wet season is between June and August, it rains almost every day. November to March sees temperatures average about 19’C. And the hottest months of the year are from April to September.
Dai people has Water- Splashing Festival, held around mid-April (about 12th to 16th).

Wild Elephants Valley To the Dai people, the elephant is the symbol of good luck, might and longevity. The wild elephants of Xishuangbanna mainly live in the Wild Elephants Valley (yexiang gu), at the juncture of the western and eastern part of the Menyang natural reserve. In the valley, there is an observation tower, especially built for tourists. The best time to see these impressive beasts is at dawn or dusk. There are currently 300 elephants living in the dense forest in Xishuangbanna.
The Elephant valley is 45km north of Jinghong by the highway to Simao.
The Menglun Botanic Garden of Tropical Plants (redai zhiwuyuan) is one of the major attractions of Xishuangbanna. Situated on Hulu Island, the garden contains 3,000 different types of plant. The environment here is spectacular, surrounded by rivers and mountains and containing a wealth of rare and unusual plants, trees and flowers. Dragon Blood Tree is one of the most interesting and valuable species in the garden. Its sap is used as a remedy to stop bleeding and promote blood circulation.
Ganlanba is located in the lower reaches of Lancang River, 40kms from Jung Hong city and it is the fourth biggest dam of the 23 dams in Xishuangbanna. The area has a typical zone landscapes with low terrain and moist climate. Ganlanba covers an area of 50 square kilometers and is 530 meters above sea level, which is the lowest place in Xishuangbanna.
White stupa is located on the top of a small hill behind Manfeilong village, Damenglong, which is about 70 kilometers far from Jinghong. Stupa was build in 1204, the major one in the middle is 16.29 meters and eight minor ones around are 9.1 meters in height. This stupa group is very famous in Southeast Asia, there is a huge footprint in its niche, it is said was left by Buddha and very sacred to Buddhists.
The small, grubby market town of Xiding may seem a strange destination, especially if you have to spend so much time and effort trying to get there, but its Thursday market is one of the most authentic ethnic markets in Xishuangbanna. Tthe market attracts nearby Dai, Hani (Aini or Akha), and Bulang minorities. It is said that Lahu also drop in. The Myanmar border is only a few kilometres away.

Zhongdian / Shangri-La Eco-tours
Shangri-La County is located at the northwest of Yunnan Province, the southeast of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, and the hinterland of the extension parts of Himalaya. It occupies an area of 11,613km2, and it has a population of 140,000, including about 25 nationalities, they live harmoniously together to share their different cultures and life styles. Shangri-La County is the joint of the nationalities culture corridors of Gansu,Qinhai,Yunnan and Tibet. It has nine local nationalities, seven languages, five kinds of characters, and it has its own system of customs. Tibetan Buddhism, Dongbaism of Naxi people and other nationality religious cultures are booming together like flowers in the spring, and adding radiance and beauty to each other. There is Gedan Songzanlin Lamasery, one of the thirteen largest Tibetan monasteries in Kangba area. It has the Dongba pictograph, the only living one in the world, and its birthplace-Sanba White Land. Meanwhile, the strange and unique nationality folklore, and nationality festivals are fully bloomed flowers in the culture history of mankind. Shangri-La, with its colorful folklore, mysterious and time -weathered religious culture, wonderful and marvelous natural scenery, has become a crown of Yunnan’s tourism.
Trekking round Shudu lake
Located at the northeast of the city of Shangri-la with a very convenient transportation. Shudu lake is 43 km from the city .Now it is constructed into a high-land pasture resort .
The lake is 3705 metres above the sealevel with is square kilmetres of water area ,it is one of the biggest lakes in Diqing Prefecture .The lake water is so limpid that people could see the cracked-stomach fish produced in the lake whose colour is golden and there is a crack line along its stomach .
Around the lake ,there are dense forest of fir spruce and birch .There lives different wild animals such as musk deer ,bear ,leopard ,golden cat ,deer ,pheasant etc .
Shuda Lake is a famous pasture in Diqing Every Spring and summer ,herds of yak and goat grazing beside the lake the sheperd`s shelters dots on the grassland ,frequenly .People can hear the sound of flute comes from afar .Staying beside the lake ,you can deeply feel the quiet and leisurely life of high-land people .
Shudu lake pasture Resort has provide people with the service of hiking around the lake .horse-riding…

Skiing Tour in ShangriLa
Presently, ShangriLa Ski Resort is a mountain field ski resort with the lowest latitude, the longest winter, most suitable temperature and best natural vegetation and geographic condition in the Northern Hemisphere. Covering an area of 40km2, it is equipped with Ski Rental Shop and Snow Playing Hall. As a paradise for the tourists to ski, ShangriLa Ski Resort will also make the tourist feel the strong Tibetan culture and customs. Skiing is one of the many attractions in ShangriLa /Gyalthang, Attracting streams of locals and tourists in winter from December to late April, ShangriLa ski resort has slopes for beginners, advanced kids and families.

The Nujiang canyon-upper Salween on Burma border
The Great Nujiang Canyon (upper Salween) is a "longitu-dinal" valley, lying parallel with the run of mountain ranges that give rise to the natural wonder of the Three Parallel Rivers. This is because the northeast edge of the Indian Plate collided with the Eurasian Plate, creating a series of large north-south splits in what is today’s northwestern Yunnan and eastern Tibet. The Great Nujiang Canyon starts from Cawarong at Zayul County in Tibet and stretches south for some 300 kilometers to reach Liuku, capital of Nuiiang Lisu Autonomous Prefecture in Yunnan Province.
Flanked by the Biluo and Gaoligong snow mountains. this is the most perilous section of the Nujiang River; it is over 2,000 meters deep on average, the deepest point being between the 5,128-meter-high Luchulaka Peak of the Gaoligong Mountain and the 4,784-meter-high Zhuzipo Peak of the Biluo Snow Mountain. where the valley bottom is l,650 meters above sea level, giving a height difference of 3,478 meters. The riverbed in the Great Nuiiang Canyon is usually 100-150 meters wide in the canyon but is just a few dozen meters across at its narrowest. In this deep-cut valley, the Nujiang River breaks through the stone gates, ravines and cliffs that would pen it in. and the many dangerous shoals in its path provoke a continuous earth-shaking roar.
The area of the Great Nujiang Canyon is famous for cultural diversity. The largest community of the Lisu ethnic group lives here and it is the only place where Nu and Derung ethnic groups live; 20 0ther minorities are represented here, among them Primi, Bai,Yi,Naxi,Tibetan,Jingpo and Dai. The Ancient Tea Horse Road along the canyon is some 1,000 years old. Many ethnic groups and religions coexist, but Christianity and Catholicism are all very popular with those ethnic minorities-a cultural and geographical phenomenon worth pondering.
Eco-tour China arrange trips from Kunming, Dali and or Lijiang to Nujiang canyon area like trekking, horseback riding and camping with vehicle and English speaking guide.
Please get contact to Zhao Fan of Eco-tours by Email: info@ecotourchina.com
Gengma-Primitive minority area of South-west Yunnan
Lincang is the place of the Chinese culture, the Wa vibrant place, Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County is the most concentrated areas, magic and beauty of the Afghan mountains are famous at home and abroad Wa since 3500 years of history, one of China’s eight ancient cliff picture of Cangyuan, and Myanmar roller linked by mountains and rivers of South River National Nature Reserve; build by Qing generation Daoguang years, set construction, sculpture, painting as one of the ethnic minority areas in Yunnan South-Shangzuo Buddhism, one of the representatives of the construction-Yun Buddhist temple; have reservations over Directly from the integrity of the slave society into the modern civilization of the original Qunju Wa village, Wa is rich in folklore and unique food culture, including wood encouraged by the rejection of the renowned Chinese and foreign dance, the focus has demonstrated China’s Wa cultural connotations.
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Team of packhorse in Nujiang canyon, has been the main transportation way in the past. It still working in the far mountain raea in Nujiang right now. If you do trekking in places like Bingzhongluo or Dulongjiang area, you will meet them some times by accidentes.
The famous Southern Silk Road – also knowen by Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road was made by those people who have been working with their packhorse. They are minority people from local villages, mostly Nuzu or Dulongzu, also some of them are Lisu, they believe in Christianism, in their village, you will find Christianism church and churchman.

Posted by ecotourchina on 2012-12-05 13:17:17

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