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Yunnan Tours and Guizhou Tours

Yunnan and Guizhou are two neighboring provinces located in Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau of southwest China. As the primary regions where many ethnic minority groups coexist, they have many unique things to offer, from the traditional architecture styles, to their colorful traditional dress, folk arts and crafts through to their breathtaking national environment. Take our private Yunnan tour package and Guizhou tours, and you will be surely amazed and enthralled by your experiences there.

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What are the top things to do in Yunnan & Guizhou?

Beautiful landscape
Yunnan and Guizhou both have rich tourist resources with beautiful natural scenery. Tiger leaping Gorge, one of the deepest gorges in the world is located in this area. The magnificent Huangguoshu Waterfall is the largest waterfall in Asia. What’s more, you can see the natural stone masterpiece Shilin (Stone Forest), a large series of outcropping karst, and the vast rice-terraced mountains in Yuanyang, which is especially favored by photographers.
Huangguoshu Waterfall
Colored rice terraces of Dongchuan Red Land
Various Minorities culture
Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau is home to more than 30 minority groups in China, which makes up 33% of the total population in this area. You can meet the lively ethnic minorities in Lijiang - Naxi people’s city, Yuanyang - Hani minority settlement, Dali - culture center of Bai Minority, Shangri-La - ethnic Tibetan town, Lugu Lake - dominated by the Mosuo tribe with matriarchy rules, Kaili and Congjiang - Miao and Dong minority regions and many others.

Each of minority groups has its own unique culture and folk customs, and they celebrate varied and colorful festivals, which attract a lot of travelers from far away. When a festival is held, they dress up, prepare traditional festival food and celebrate with rich activities, such as singing, dancing, trading and all kinds of competitions. Here we list some of the representative festivals in Yunnan and Guizhou for reference.
 
Festival Ethnic Minority Place Date in 2018 Date in 2019
Water-splashing Festival Dai Yunnan Apr. 14 - Apr. 16 Apr. 14 - Apr. 16
Torch Festival Yi, Bai, Naxi Yunnan Aug. 5 - Aug. 7 Jul. 26 - Jul. 28
March Fair Bai, Yi Yunnan Apr. 30 - May. 6 Apr. 19 - Apr. 25
Sister's Meal Festival Miao Guizhou Apr. 30 Apr. 19
Dongnian Festival Dong Guizhou Dec. 7 Nov. 26

What is the best time to visit Yunnan and Guizhou?

Yunnan and Guizhou have a generally mild climate. Spring, summer and autumn are the best seasons because of the charming scenery with green hills and clear water. Due to the pleasant weather at that time, it is alright for you to wear a T-shirt when traveling. While thin coats or sweater are also indispensable as the temperature decreases at night in spring and autumn. However, if you travel to a higher altitude region, such as Shangri-La, you should be prepared with some warm clothes for its unsettled climate.
Old-Han Chinese people in Guizhou
Miao girls dressing up for the festival

How to get there and around?

The best way to get to Yunnan or Guizhou from Beijing, Shanghai, Xian and other cities in China is by flight. If you prefer to have a look at the landscape on the way, taking a high-speed train or an overnight train with sleepers is a good choice as well. Besides, Yunnan has developed train and highway connectivity linking Kunming with Dali and Lijiang, and outside Yunnan with Guizhou. So getting around the two provinces is easy by trains and buses.
Hani people create the overwhelming scenic beauty of rice terraced mountains in Yuanyang.
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