5 Most Popular Places To Visit In Yunnan (2024/2025)

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In 2023, China became one of the most popular travel destinations, topping our charts as both the ‘most inquired about’ and the ‘top China destination’ for guests seeking customized private tour packages. Within China, Yunnan emerged as the most requested destination.

In this article, we’ll explore the top 5 spots in Yunnan that our guests absolutely loved, based on their post-trip feedback.

If you’re new to China or Yunnan, you might be wondering what there is to see and do. Which places are the most visited? Are they worth your time? Are there any hidden gems you might not know about?

We’ve put together some information on the recommended places. But first, let’s delve into what makes Yunnan such a sought-after destination.


Why Travel To Yunnan China?

Yunnan has become a top choice for our guests for several compelling reasons. Here’s why you might want to consider Yunnan for your next trip:

  • Direct and Swift Flights: With flights averaging about 3 hours and 50 minutes, getting there is quicker than you might expect.
  • Year-Round Mild Climate: Most areas of Yunnan enjoy pleasant, spring-like temperatures throughout the year. However, the highlands and northern regions can get quite cold in winter.
  • Stunning Natural Scenery: Yunnan is one of China’s most picturesque provinces. It’s a haven for nature lovers, boasting breath-taking landscapes that include snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, deep gorges, and vast tundras.
  • Rich Historical Sites: The province is home to ancient cities that have been used as movie sets and have ties to the historic Tea-Horse Road, a crucial trade route linking Yunnan with Tibet and extending to India.
  • Diverse Culinary Delights: Yunnan’s cuisine is as varied as its landscape. From the renowned mushroom hot pot and local rice noodles (mi xian) to freshly made Rose Flower Pastries and succulent grilled meats, the food here is a treat for the taste buds.

Considering these factors, Yunnan offers a unique blend of accessibility, natural beauty, historical richness, and culinary wealth, making it a must-visit destination for those drawn to China’s diverse offerings.


Top 5 Places To Visit In Yunnan

After discussing why Yunnan is a popular destination among travellers, let’s focus on the specific spots that make it truly unforgettable. Drawing from the enthusiastic recommendations of our guests who have experienced customized tour packages, here are the top 5 places to visit in Yunnan, China.


Blue Moon Valley

“The colour of the lake with the mountain at the back was really beautiful. This was definitely one of the highlights”

The Blue Moon Valley, nestled in the towering mountains of Lijiang, features an impossibly turquoise river originating from the melting snow of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. On a clear day, the water in the valley takes on a charming azure hue, and its crescent shape resembles a blue moon set at the foot of the Jade Dragon. As the river flows through the terraced valley, it forms four large, colourful lakes and numerous miniature whitewater waterfalls. Surrounded by flowers, gorges, and sloping alpine forests, Blue Moon Valley is one of the most captivating scenic spots in Lijiang.



Lijiang Old Town

“The experience of strolling through Lijiang Old Town was better than the other old town. It felt more authentic, crowd was much thinner, more scenic, and the sound of water flowing along the waterways made the whole experience quite relaxing.”

Lijiang Old Town was recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997, stands out as one of China’s best-preserved ancient cities. It dates back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, showcasing a unique architectural blend of Han, Bai, Tibetan, and Naxi styles. The town’s layout ingeniously incorporates the tributaries of the Jade River, guiding them through canals and waterways into basins or ponds. This intricate water system not only provided fresh water to residents in the past but also continues to enhance the town’s romantic ambiance today, complemented by abundant blooming flowers.




“My favourite moments were traveling through the quieter parts of Shangri-La. The peace of nature was a treat, and it was amazing to have moments where I could enjoy the view all to myself. I also like the afternoon activity with local villagers. It’s my first time making soybean curd and we had a good chat with them. Learning more about their way of life and trying their recipe for savoury bean curd, was truly enlightening!”

Shangri-La is a must-see destination in Yunnan, known for its breath-taking alpine snow mountains, expansive meadows, and charming lakes. One of its most notable attractions is the Songzanlin Monastery, the largest Tibetan Buddhist temple complex in Yunnan, often likened to the Little Potala Palace, is especially enchanting at sunset. The region offers a unique chance to explore remote areas and immerse yourself in local village life. You might learn to make traditional soy milk and bean curd using a stone grinding wheel or indulge in a local yak hotpot, prepared by a village family, for an authentic and immersive cultural experience.



Meili Snow Mountain

“It was the most beautiful and comfortable sunrise experience! The fact that we could enjoy the view in our warm toasty room, with a cup of coffee was such an amazing feeling. That was definitely the highlight of our trip.”

 Embark on a unique journey to the Meili Snow Mountains, where the true beauty reveals itself at sunrise. The morning light bathes the snow-capped peaks in a mesmerizing golden-orange glow, and the best part? You can enjoy this breath-taking view right from your room at one of our carefully selected lodges, without needing to venture into the cold or tackle challenging hikes. Ideal for those seeking a peaceful retreat, Meili Mountain offers a quieter, more serene atmosphere compared to the bustling Jade Dragon Snow Mountain. Here, you can savour expansive, unobstructed views, creating truly unforgettable experiences.



Tiger Leaping Gorge

“Great scenery and you’ve got to feel the power of that wild river!”

Located between the Jade Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge is among the world’s deepest gorges, with the powerful Yangtze River coursing through its core. There are several ways to marvel at the stunning views here. Adventurous souls can embark on guided hikes, offering an exhilarating journey through the rugged terrain. Alternatively, for a more leisurely experience, scenic trails hug the gorge’s edge, providing ample opportunity to absorb the breath-taking scenery at a comfortable pace.

With these top 5 destinations in Yunnan, chosen by our guests, you’re sure to find something that captivates and delights. Each of these highlights in Yunnan promises a unique blend of nature, landscapes, culture, and adventure. If you are not sure where to start, our China Travel Specialist will glade help you explore your interest with you and recommend a route featuring Yunnan’s highlights for your customized luxury private tour package.


Considering A Customized Luxury Private Tour Package To Yunnan?

Eager to explore Yunnan with your personal guide and vehicle? Here’s how you can get your customized luxury private tour package prepared in three simple steps:

  • Step 1: Understanding Your Needs. Identifying your interests is crucial for trip customization. We initiate the process with a video call, during which we share insights about the destination and experiences offered, helping you gain clarity on your preferences.
  • Step 2: Personalization. With an understanding of your needs, our Travel Specialist crafts a personalized itinerary tailored to your preference, encompassing a range of handpicked experiences, activities, accommodations and private guide.
  • Step 3: Pre-Trip Briefing. Before departure, we’ll meet to give a final overview and share essential contact information and preparations needed for your journey, ensuring you’re well-equipped for a remarkable travel experience.


Why Go On A Private Tour In Yunnan China?

As a Customized Luxury Private Tour and Travel Agency based in Singapore, we specialize in crafting bespoke private tours to China and beyond, ensuring unforgettable travel experiences for our clients. We don’t believe in a cookie-cutter approach because we know each traveller has different aspirations, preferences, and experiences they value. We take the time to listen to your likes and dislikes before suggesting a travel route uniquely for you.

Our clients that travel with us get to enjoy:

  • Exclusive Access: Gain access to unique experiences and locations that are off the beaten path. From private tours of historical sites to exclusive culinary experiences, we offer opportunities that standard tours can’t provide.
  • Local Expertise: Our hand-picked guides are not only knowledgeable about Yunnan’s attractions but are also locals who can provide insider tips and insights. They bring the destination to life with their stories and expertise.
  • Personalized Service: We take the time to understand your travel aspirations, preferences, and dislikes. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a history buff, or a culinary enthusiast, we tailor your itinerary to match your interests perfectly.
  • Luxurious Comfort: Travel in style and comfort with our selection of premium accommodations, private vehicles, and exclusive experiences. We ensure that your journey is not only memorable but also comfortable and stress-free.
  • Cultural Immersion: Experience Yunnan’s culture authentically. Participate in local traditions, savour regional cuisines, and interact with the local communities in a meaningful way, creating lasting memories.
  • 24/7 Support: Enjoy peace of mind with our round-the-clock support. From the moment you begin planning your trip until you return home, our team is available to assist you with any needs or concerns.

Let us help you craft a tailor-made tour that perfectly aligns with your travel dreams, ensuring a personalized and memorable experience in China’s stunning province.


Ready to Explore Yunnan on Private Tour? Let’s Plan Your Perfect Trip Together!

Have a chat with us, and we’ll help you design a customized private tour to Yunnan that matches your interests and dreams. Contact us today to get started!

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