With the most ethnic groups among all of China, this southern part of China started to fascinate me when I was researching on Guilin a decade ago. And Yunnan had been on my mind ever since.
Sharing external borders with Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam. Internally, it has as neighbors Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Tibet. With its location, it is not surprising that Yunnan is diverse in its culture and people.
A specialty of the Yunnan Province, guoqiao mixian, which translate to “Across the Bridge Noodles”. The name made popular by a lady who used to bring noodles to her husband across the bridge. Full Story here.
Its landscape ranges from snow-capped mountains to dense jungles to sensational terraces.
Amazing land it surely is and I have been charmed, captivated. Join me in the next few months as I reminisce about my journey into dramatic landscapes, breathtaking views, fascinating cultures and magnificent cuisine.
The hub and the capital of Yunnan served as our jump off point. Surrounded by temples, lakes and limestone hills, the city has its own allure, but we didn’t spend a lot of time in the city. Unfortunately.
I chose to stay near the lake precisely because we didn’t have that much time for exploration. The lake is in the heart of the city’s business, food and culture.
A few steps from our hostel is Lao Fang Zhi, a house of over 100 years turned restaurant that serves awesome hot Yunnan dishes.
A beautiful park designed and created way back in the 17th century. Surrounded by willow trees and dotted with vibrant lotuses, the park has become a favorite among nature lovers.
A stroll around the lake is a pleasant way to watch how the locals spend their time.
A lot was going on. In one part of the lake, music filled the air, and people were dancing.
In another, aunties sit around chatting and doing some embroidery while some are contented just to admire the lake and soak up the atmosphere.
At night, the lights come alive and radiate a different ambiance.
And with this, we start our journey into an endearing province of China that seemed to have been left alone. Stay tuned.