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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Dali 8

Xishuangbanna Region 7

Guiyang 6

Lijiang 4

Kunming 4

Guilin 4

Nanning 3

Yangshuo 3

Tiger Leaping Gorge 2

Kaili 2

Stone Forest (Shilin) 1

Heping District 1

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  • Town/Village

Wase has a popular area market featuring Bai clothing. The town is on the opposite side of the lake from Dali and can be reached by car...

Xiong Brothers Bike Shop

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Decent rental bikes are available here for about Y40 per day. Group tours, conducted in Chinese, leave Saturday morning at 9. ...

Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden

  • Forest

The nearest large town in the area, Menglun, is the location of China's largest botanical garden. With a gorgeous setting on a peninsula...

Xishuangbanna Tropical Flower and Plant Garden

  • Garden/Arboretum

With a well-designed layout, this is one of China's finest gardens, and an interesting place to spend several hours among fragrant frangipani...


  • Town/Village

Among the prettiest towns in the area is Xizhou, about 20 km (12 miles) north of Dali. It has managed to preserve a fair amount of its...

Yangshuo Park

  • Park/Playground

In the center of town, Yangshuo Park is where older people come to play chess while children scamper about in small playgrounds. The...


  • Town/Village

Once one of the starting points of the ancient tea and horses trade route to Tibet, this village has an Old Town featuring the houses...

Yuantong Temple

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

The largest temple in the city, Yuantong Temple dates back some 1,200 years to the Tang Dynasty. The compound consists of a series of...

Yunnan Provincial Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

The museum focuses primarily on the Dian Kingdom, which ruled much of Yunnan from 1000 BC to 1 BC. Most of what you'll see here is more...

Tea Utopia

  • Restaurant–Sight

Coffee drinks made with Yunnan-grown beans are at Tea Utopia. ...


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