Yunnan

Yunnan

Yunnan is the most diverse province in all China, not just in regards to its population, but also its scenery. Here you can find more than half of the country's minority groups spread across vastly different landscapes. Tropical jungle sliced by the Mekong River and the stunning rice terraces in the south. Deep gorges, vast lakes and snow-capped mountains as you edge towards Tibet. Yunnan has it all. Discover the part of China that has always stood apart from the rest of China. As a famous Chinese proverb says about Yunnan: 'The sky is high and the Emperor is Far Away'.

 

Yunnan: Did you know?

  • Yunnan is home to the rare and endangered snub-nosed monkey
  • One of the most famous regional dishes is the Guoqiao Mixian – or Over the Bridge Noodles. The story goes that a scholar retired to an island in Mengzi to study for the imperial exams. His wife would bring him lunch every day by crossing a bridge but by the time she got there his food would be cold. She discovered that keeping a thin layer of oil on top of a bowl of soup would keep the broth hot enough for him to cook the ingredients when she arrived. Of course, her husband passed the exam.
  • The Lisu minority peoples have been smoking and chewing tobacco since their culture formed. Young Lisu women keep it handy by hanging tobacco bags on their waist belts.
  • Abundant, renewable and cheap, bamboo is key to Dai minority cooking; the tender young shoots as a food and the hollow trunks as cooking instruments.
  • Marco Polo described people in Yunnan with tattoos and gold-sheathed teeth.