the Colorful Land
This province in southwest China is its most ethnically diverse. It's home to 25 of the country's 56 recognized ethnic groups. And each has a unique culture and cuisine. Then there's dramatic landscape and breathtaking views that are rumored to have inspired the Shangri-la of James Milton's "Lost Horizon."
Vibrant nature, snowbound peaks extending towards Tibet, bygone trading routes, towns unchanged for centuries; Yunnan is a standalone province with a standalone personality. As you climb ever higher along the snaking mountain roads, away from Lijiang’s cobblestone streets and towards Shangri-La, you enter an area that was once part of Tibet – from the fluttering prayer flags to simple whitewashed housing, Tibetan influence is clear and the spirituality, unmistakable