Southwestern China Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Southwestern China - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Xishuangbanna Region 7

Dali 6

Lijiang 4

Guiyang 4

Guilin 4

Kunming 3

Nanning 3

Tiger Leaping Gorge 2

Kaili 2

Yangshuo 2

Stone Forest (Shilin) 1

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Black Dragon Pool Park

  • Park/Playground

Outside the Old Town, Black Dragon Pool Park has a tranquil pavilion where locals come to play cards and drink tea. The park is one of...


  • Mountain–Sight

With a peak that rises to more than 4,500 meters (14,765 feet), "Green Mountain" can be seen from just about anywhere in Dali. A 16-km...

Drum Tower

  • Building/Architectural Site

This tower in Jinquanhu Park is the Dong people's gathering place for celebrations. ...

Elephant Trunk Hill

  • Geological Site

On the banks of the river in the southern part of the city, Elephant Trunk Hill takes its name from a rock formation arching into the...

Erhai Lake

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

Almost any street off Fuxing Lu will bring you to the shore of Erhai Lake. from which you can marvel at the looming Cangshan peaks. You...

Ganlan Basin

  • Forest

One of the more scenic areas of Xishuangbanna is this valley 37 km (23 miles) from Jinghong. Locals still live in bamboo huts in the...

Green Lake Park

  • Park/Playground

Filled with willow- and bamboo-covered islands connected by stone bridges, Green Lake Park is a favorite gathering place for Kunming's...

Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum focuses on Guangxi's numerous ethnic minorities. In the back are magnificent full-size reconstructions of houses, pagodas,...

Hebin Park

  • Park/Playground

Filled with bamboo groves, Hebin Park sits on the banks of the Nanming River. In many ways it's the archetypical Chinese park, with senior...

Huangguoshu Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

The Baishui River tumbles over nine sets of rocks, creating nine waterfalls over a course of 2 km (1 mile). At the highest point, Huangguoshu...