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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.


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...


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...


Ethnic Minorities of the Southwest

With 26 of the country's 56 ethnic minorities living within its borders, Yunnan is like no other place in China. Many of the groups in this...


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...


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...


The Zhuang and the Miao

The Zhuang are China's largest minority population, totaling more than 16 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 hyper-capitalist China. Guangxi Province is known for the tenacity of its touts...


Festivals of Guizhou

Since the province is comprised of various ethnic groups—including the Dong, Hui, Yao, Zhuang, and Miao peoples—Guizhou is a gallery of traditional...


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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