Yunnan Province is rich in natural resources and ethnic minority cultures. It has over 25 different ethnic minority groups and some of the most beautiful ancient towns in China. Visitors to Yunnan can witness the ancient ethnic minority cultures that have been handed down for centuries. The ancient towns of Lijiang, Dali, Shangri La, and the Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture are very popular destinations in Yunnan Province.
Travel Tips in Yunnan
1. Bring some necessary medicines with you, such as: the medicines for flu, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, etc that you use at home; and some Antihistamine, used for allergic reactions and insect bites;
2. Wear gym shoes or comfortable walking shoes, which will be good for your feet and ease your trip. Sunscreen is also recommended, as well as carrying bottled water with you. If you are photography lover,do not forget your camera, film and batteries, or you will never forgive yourself;
3. Foreign currencies cannot be used directly in Yunnan,but you can exchange your money at the many Bank of China outlets throughout the province. Most major hotels in Yunnan's larger cities will accept major credit cards. Your hotels also can change money for you and ATMs are easy to find;
4. There are many star rated hotels in the major cities or towns of Yunnan. Tiger Leaping Gorge,due to its rocky terrain only has guesthouses available. Although they lack many of the amenities found in star rated hotels,the guesthouses are family run and quite clean;
5. There are many options for getting around in Yunnan, such as taxis, busses, minibuses, pedicabs and of course by your private driver. There are also cars and bikes for rent;
6. The water in streams or valleys is not drinkable, just drinks boiled water or bottled water;
7.Don't tease dogs in villages or along the way; some dogs are very furious to the strangers;
8. Respect the customs of local people when you are planning to visit minorities villages; your tour guide will tell about the proper etiquettes, behaviors; just follow the guide to avoid conflicts with locals;
9. Most Chinese people are friendly; but it is suggested you ask for permission before taking their pictures;
10. Take measures to avoid insect bites, including using an insect repellent at all times and wearing long, loose fitting, light colored clothing when you are travelling during summer.