Yunnan is on the frontier of southwest China. It is one of the important cradles of human civilization. Yuanmou men, who lived 1.7 million years ago, were the earliest human beings found in China and Asia. During the warring states period of China, Yunnan was the place where the Dian tribes lived.
Yunnan is extremely rich in mineral resources, especially nonferrous metals and phosphate minerals, known as the kingdom of nonferrous metals, is an advantaged mineral resources treasure.
Yunnan’s climate basically belongs to the subtropical plateau monsoon type, with small annual temperature difference, large daily temperature difference, distinct dry and wet seasons, and distinct vertical variation of temperature with the terrain. The average temperature of the entire province: the hottest month(July) temperature is between 19 to 22 degrees, the coldest month(January) is above 6 to 8 degrees. The annual range of temperature is usually only 10 to 12 degrees. On the same day, it is cold in the morning and evening, especially in winter and spring, the daily range of temperature can be up to 12 to 20 degrees. In the term of weather, Yunnan weather is more suitable for life than Tibetan weather.
Yunnan is famous for its unique plateau scenery, tropical and subtropical frontier scenery, and colorful ethnic customs. There are more than 25 ethnic nations in Yunnan. Compared with the ethnic culture of Tibet, Yunnan’s ethnic culture is more diversified. Yunnan is rich in tourism resources. It will be wonderful to have a Yunnan tour before your Tibet trip.
Shangri-La, formerly known as Zhongdian county, was renamed Shangri-La because of its similarity to the paradise described in “Lost Horizon” by James Hilton. Other say James Hilton depiction of heaven on earth is sacred Tibet. Because, there are the devout Tibetan Buddhist culture, pure snow scenery, sacred mountains, and holy lakes in Tibet. No matter where the paradise described by James Hilton is on the earth, your Yunnan to Tibet tour will help you find the Shangri-La in your heart.
In Yunnan, you must go to Shangri-La. It is a rare land in the world that perfectly preserves the natural ecology and traditional national culture. As described in “Lost Horizon”, it is a peaceful, eternal, and tranquil place. There are grasslands surrounded by snow-capped mountains, bright sunshine, fresh air, unfathomable living Buddha, sacred and quiet lakes, magnificent temples, and Kangba Tibetan people. Of course, Yunnan also has other scenery that needs to explore by yourself. You have to believe that your trip to Yunnan will not let you down.
In Tibet, you can see a flow of pilgrims. You can feel the devout atmosphere of the pure Tibetan Buddhist. If you are a hiker, you can trek in the sacred mountains and holy lakes in Tibet. The unique natural scenery of Tibet is sure to fascinate you.
Nowadays, you can go from Yunnan to Tibet by train or by Plane. You can fly from Kunming to Lhasa, it takes about 4 hours. And there are many flights every day, which is very convenient. You can also fly from Shangri-La to Lhasa. If you want to take a train to Tibet, you can take a plane from Kunming or Lijiang to Xining, and then take a train from Xining to Lhasa. Although it takes longer to travel by train than by plane, you can enjoy the scenery along the world’s highest railway. And take the train to Tibet, you can slowly adapt to the high altitude and reduce the possibility of acute altitude sickness.