Southwestern China Experiences


Southwestern China Features

  • 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 to... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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 and... Read more

  • 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 the... Read more

  • 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... Read more

  • 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 region... Read more

  • 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 they... Read more

  • 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... Read more


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