The Eastern Geneva is a provincial capital of Yunnan. It is a historically and culturally famous city of China and a center of politics, economy, culture, science, technology, and communications of Yunnan. Visitors are enthralled with lovely weather of Kunming that possesses an average of 14.5 C all year round as well as fascinating landscape. Apart from that Kunming also has taken a new look along with the development of industry, agricultural, science, and technology. One example is the Horticultural Exposition’ 99 – a number of man-made spots have been harmoniously created to associate with natural surrounding. Similar to other parts of Yunnan, Kunming is a place where visitors can observe indigenous lifestyles and residential houses of Han, Yi, Miao, Bai, Hui, and Hani minorities.
A one-time capital of Nanzho and Dali kingdoms during the Tang and Song Dynasties is situated in the northwest of Yunnan- 400 km away from Kunming. Being a capital that located at the intersection of Yunnan-Burma (Myanmar) Highway and Yunnan-Tibetan Highway, the city was also placed as the political, economic, and cultural center of Yunnan. It is renowned for its historical and cultural interests. Dali is cradled with such comfort weather and picturesque natural landscape; hence it gains reputation of “ Oriental Geneva” from visitors. Exploring state-level historical sites and natural scenery of Dali is not the only activity visitor can enjoy as “ a land of letters” which was embraced with the Bai culture, Dali portrays tribal culture of Bai and Yi people who multiplied the area and then created brilliant Erhai culture such as a tradition house of Bai.
A frontier town of the south Yunnan borders to Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. With a mild climate and plenty of rainfall, Simao is blessed with natural resources, beautiful landscapes, and forests. Forest coverage of the area is 61.2%, as a result; Simao is filled with lush forest and green hills, while historical site such as Qiannuo Buddhist Temple is built in typical Chinese architecture that well represents Theravada Buddhism. Because of its terrific location, nowadays, there are quite a number of overland trips organized from Thailand to Myanmar and end at Simao for visitors to get first hand experience on untouched nature. To take a fine produced pair of shoes home is nothing new in Simao since shoe-making factory there has an experience of more than 30 years in leather processing.
A truly enchanting city is located in the southern-most tip of Yunnan province and bordering with Myanmar and Laos. Situated in the northern edge of the tropical zone, Xishuangbanna enjoys mild and humid climate that differs from other parts of Yunnan. With its tropical forests type of climate, Xishuangbanna is abundant in natural resources of virgin forests, species of tropical trees like medicinal plants and wild animals such as peacocks and Asian elephants. Xishuangbanna is a settlement of various ethnic minorities of Dai, Hani, Lahu, Bulang, Jinuo, Yao, Yi, and some other nationalities. Among them, the Dai people are the most skillful in dance and song and are willing to cater to visitors with their mild tempers.