When talking about diversity, China isn’t always the first place to come in mind. Most people think of New York or Amsterdam. But that is because you don’t know China well or you have never been to Yunnan. This province of China is not only diverse in ethnicity groups and culture but also rich in natural resources and wild species. If you want to see much more than just breathtaking landscapes during your trip, you’re definitely in the right place.
Erhai Lake – Dali, Yunnan
Erhai Lake has an interesting name. “Er” meaning ear, “hai” meaning sea. It got its name from the shape of the lake. If you got time, cycle or drive around the lake to fully experience the beauty of nature. Erhai Lake is the seventh largest freshwater lake in China. The best time to visit Erhai Lake is from June to August where the weather is just about right. (SOURCE)
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain & Black Dragon Pool – Lijiang, Yunnan
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the most southern glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. The attraction is fairly easy to get to, being only 9 miles away from Lijiang Old Town. Visitors can climb up to 4680 meters above sea level, but the human body will begin to show signs of discomfort as the amount of oxygen diminishes at higher altitude. Bringing oxygen cans and use it prior to feeling discomfort is a good way of adjusting and preparing your body for high altitude. (SOURCE)
Climbing to a high altitude is not for everyone, especially those with heart conditions. But you can still watch the snowy peaks of the mountain enlaced by white fog in Black Dragon Pool Park. The pool is guarded by many ancient monuments such as “Longshen Temple, the Deyue Pavilion, the Suocui Bridge and the Hanyue Stage”. (SOURCE)
Three Pagodas – Dali, Yunnan
The Three Pagodas are located in Dali Old Town. They form a symmetrical triangle at the foot Mt. Cangshan. The Three Pagodas are actually built 100 years apart from each other and designed by someone who was originally from Xi’an. The lake “Ju Ying Chi”, meaning reflection, is one of the best locations to visit if you want to see all three pagodas at once as well as their reflection on the gleaming surface of the water. (SOURCE)
Before you go, don’t forget that smaller cities in China do not accept Visa or Mastercard. Get an ECARD with UnionPay, so you don’t ever have to worry about cards not being accepted or exchanging foreign currency.