Small Group Tours of Yunnan Chinafifty-one ethnic minorities can be found in Yunnan, AND half of China's birds and mammals
Yunnan is situated in a mountainous area, with high elevations in the northwest and low elevations in the southeast and it has a generally mild climate with pleasant and fair weather.
The province is rich in natural resources and has the largest diversity of plant life in China. The province contains snow-capped mountains and true tropical environments, thus supporting an unusually full spectrum of species and vegetation types. During summer, the Great Plateau of Tibet acts as a barrier to monsoon winds, trapping moisture in the province. This gives the alpine flora in particular what one source has called a "lushness found nowhere else."
This topographic range combined with a tropical moisture sustains extremely high biodiversity and high degrees of endemism, probably the richest botanically in the world's temperate regions. Perhaps 17,000 species of higher plants, of which an estimated 2,500 are endemic, can be found in the province. The province is said to have "as much flowering plant diversity as the rest of the northern hemisphere put together"
The fauna is nearly as diverse. Yunnan Province has less than 4% of the land of China, yet contains about half of China's birds and mammals. Yunnan is home to, most notably, the southeast Asian gaur, a giant forest-dwelling ox, the tiger, and the Asian Elephant. Some already disappeared and are most likely extinct, like the Yunnan Box Turtle and the Yunnan Lar Gibbon. Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey, also known as the Black Snub-nosed Monkey, is an endangered species of primate.
Baktrax Tours to Yunnan
Yunnan is one of the most popular travel destinations for Baktrax, and with good reason too. Come with us and we'll show you why.
Gorgeous China & Laos
This China & Laos small group tour combines the best of South West China and Laos. The Thailand to China part of this small group tour takes in some history... Continue reading →
Our reputation for travelling at a relaxed pace amid great scenery comes to a peak in Yunnan Province with Tiger Leaping Gorge, one of the world’s largest and most beautiful gorges. Add Dali and the... Continue reading →
Ethnic Minorities in Yunnan
Yunnan has the most ethnic minorities in China, which make up about 34 percent of the province's population. Major ethnic groups include Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Dai and Miao.
Of China's 55 ethnic minorities, the province is home to 51 and 25 of them exceed populations of 5,000. These ethnic minorities live together over vast areas in the region while some live in individual concentrated communities in small areas. The residences of the ethnic minorities are various and characteristic; their clothes are colorful and distinctive; some of them have their own languages and writings.
Last, but not least, they celebrate varied and colorful festivals. The most famous ones include the Torch Festival of Yi Nationality, the March Fair of Bai people, the Water-splashing Festival of the Dai, the Zongge Festival of the Jingpo and the Knife Pole Festival of Lisu people.
Lijiang is a beautifully preserved ancient Chinese town, infused with cultural flavor. Strolling along the 800-year-old bridges and waterways of the world-famous Old Town district is like stepping back in time. Don’t miss the views atop Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, and the Dongba cultural center of Jade Water Village.
Visitors are advised to always carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night. The climate is relatively dry, so drinking more water, protecting oneself from strong UV radiation at high altitude, and protecting oneself from altitude sickness are all recommended. To lessen the effects of altitude sickness, avoid strenuous exercise and have plenty of rest.