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Southwestern China Travel Guide

Southwestern China Top Experiences

Want to learn more about Southwestern China? Read our in-depth articles on a variety of topics.


Naxi Music of Lijiang

The Naxi culture is rich in artistic elements—the Naxi pictographs, architecture, Dongba shamans, and, not least of all, the music. It is a...


Naxi and Bai Ethnic Minorities of the Southwest

Naxi Living primarily in the area around Lijiang and neighboring Sichuan, the Naxi culture is unique, even when compared with other minority...


Dai and Yi Ethnic Minorities of the Southwest

Dai Related to Thais and speakers of languages belonging to the Tai-Kadai family, the Dai seem much more Southeast Asian than Chinese. In China...


Dali and the Nanzhao Kingdom

The idyllic scenery belies Dali's importance as the center of power for the Nanzhao Kingdom. The easily defensible area around Erhai Lake was...


Kunming's Flying Tigers

Despite being in the hinterland of Southwest China, Kunming played a crucial role in World War II by preventing Japanese forces from taking...


The Zhuang and the Miao

The Zhuang are China's largest minority population, totaling more than 18 million. Most Zhuang are in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (where...


Guangxi's Silver-Toothed Touts

Aggressive touts are a fact of life for Western travelers in modern-day China. Guangxi Province is known for the tenacity of its touts—mostly...


Yunnan Cuisine

Dian cuisine is the term for Han Chinese cuisine found in Yunnan, especially around Kunming. Dian-style dishes are similar to Sichuan dishes...


Top Reasons to Go to Southwestern China

Lose yourself in Lijiang: Treasured by the Chinese and home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the winding cobblestone lanes of Lijiang beckon...

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