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Yunnan Vacation: Coronavirus Information

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Yunnan Vacation Packages

With its rich cultural diversity and vivid landscape of mist-shrouded mountains and river-carved gorges, this southwestern province will delight curious travelers.

Experience China’s extraordinary cultural wealth in Yunnan, a province in the southwest that holds more than half of the country’s ethnic minorities. Villages nestled among rice-terraced valleys, sprawling grasslands and soaring mountain show a glimpse of Yunnan’s fascinating folk customs. Admire the rich tapestry of traditions in the ancient gateway to the Silk Road or relax in monastery-dotted townships. Challenging treks, cycling routes and lakeside trails make Yunnan an exciting place for adventurers.

Kunming, the provincial capital, is a long-standing hub in the region. Often regarded as the province’s cultural center, this laidback city was formerly the first port-of-call for merchants returning from Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. Stroll around the historic city center and relax by the tranquil ponds of traditional parks and gardens. Journey to the Stone Forest outside of the city to see fascinating limestone karst formations and caves or check out the architecture in Guandu Old Town. Go on a daytrip to An’ning for a soak in the thermal hotsprings.

Visit the Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture to find the province’s hippie heartland. Nestled between the stunning Cangshan Mountain and the lake Erhai, the ancient walled city of Dali Old Town is perfect for a serene getaway. Learn about the local Bai people as you explore the lakeside communes. Check out the preserved Old Town in Lijiang, a small city wedged between pretty canals. This city is also a great starting point for the journey to Tiger Leaping Gorge, an awe-inspiring sight linked to exciting treks and scenic drives along the Lancang (Mekong) River.

Check out an ancient Tibetan monastery or go cycling through the verdant grasslands in Shangri-La, a place named for its mystical beauty. Continue the climbing up the mountain roads to the high-elevation village of Deqin and go trekking on the Meili Snow Mountain. If you prefer the tropical warmth, head to Jinghong and delve into the rainforest.

Yunnan is easy to reach by flying into Kunming Changshui International Airport or catching a train from south or central China. Buses and provincial trains are readily available throughout the province. Depending on your elevation, you can experience year-round tropical lushness or snow-laden winters. Wonder at China’s contrasting landscapes and breathtaking diversity in Yunnan.

Q: Should I book a car while on vacation in Yunnan?

A: Like most vibrant cities, Kunming and Wenshan can be explored using public transportation or ride-share services. But if you're eager to head out and discover the wider region of Yunnan or farther afield, you'll adore the flexibility that comes from having your own rental car. For all your motoring needs, check out our guide to Cheap Car Hire in Yunnan.

Q: Which airports can I fly in to for a vacation to Yunnan?

A: Get ready to kick off your amazing vacation in Yunnan from one of these popular international airports:

  • Kunming (KMG-Changshui Intl.): 1,477 international flights per month.
  • Jinghong (JHG-Xishuangbanna): 41 international flights per month.
  • Lijiang (LJG): 37 international flights per month.

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a vacation to Yunnan?

A: Many travelers recommend hotels in Yunnan. Having said that, there are lots of other options. Inns, guest houses and hostels are also readily available.

Q: What does a Yunnan vacation booking with Expedia include?

A: Convenient flights, nice hotels and a set of wheels to drive around in — and that's not all. We also have a huge selection of adventures and experiences. Have a look at what's on offer and start designing your ideal vacation in Yunnan.

Q: What is the best way to save money on my vacation to Yunnan?

A: You can save money (and time) by choosing to bundle your bookings with us. From Flights to Hotels and Activities, Expedia has everything you need for your next Yunnan getaway. The more organized you are, the more savings you stand to make. You'll also have less to worry about when you get to your destination.

Q: What are the best things to do in Yunnan?

A: If you're stopping in Kunming, there are tons of things to choose from. Jiaoping Ferry, Xiaojiang Debris Flow and Dicang Temple Pillar Column are a handful that are worth putting on your to-do list.

If Wenshan is your next port of call, you'll also want to stop by Fairy Cave, Jinzan Bay and Puzhehei Scenic Area.

Or, for something a little different, find out why Ben Nationality Village, Yunfeng Eight Villages and Tiantaishan Mountain of Anshun are much-loved attractions for people staying in Anshun.

*Savings based on all vacation package bookings with Flight + Hotel on Expedia.com from January through December 2020, as compared to price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages. For Free Flight or 100% Off Flight deals, package savings is greater than or equal to the current cost of one component, when both are priced separately.


Best Lodging Options Near Yunnan

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Sofitel Kunming $91
Reviewed on Jan 21, 2020
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Sofitel Kunming

Sofitel Kunming

777 South Huan Cheng Road, Xishan District, Kunming, Kunming, Yunnan
     
    4.4 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This hotel could be one of the best Sofitel I have had stayed. Staff were warm and helpful, Dennis at front desk even helped us packed some larger gift items we bought, breakfast was to die for, view of the city and the lake from our room at 37 floor was unforgettable, this hotel has its uniqueness, ...

    Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort
    Reviewed on Mar 31, 2014
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    Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort

    Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort

    Menglun Town, Mengla, Xishuangbanna, Xishuangbanna Dai, Yunnan
       
      5.0 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      We found the comfort of our room at Anantara to be 5-star quality indeed. The overall size, furniture, large bath tub and patio space was exactly what we needed for our two small children. The hotel itself is well suited to accommodate children. We visited during Spring Break and this is an excellent ...

      Hilton Dali Resort & Spa
      Reviewed on Dec 16, 2019
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      Hilton Dali Resort & Spa

      Hilton Dali Resort & Spa

      Qili Bridge, South of Gantong Road, Dali, Yunnan
         
        4.6 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        We booked 5 rooms. The room are nice, staff are helpful and friendly. However, one of our room the tv remote was not working, and there is a day where one of the twin beds not made. One of the room the cleaner did not removed some dirty tissues paper. We need to walk about 10 minutes to find food ...

        InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort $129
        Reviewed on Jan 2, 2020
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        InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

        InterContinental Lijiang Ancient Town Resort

        276 Xianghe Road, Old Town District, Lijiang, Yunnan
           
          4.7 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Fantastic hotel all round. Great location directly into the Old Town. Excellent facilities and the accommodation has really been well thought out. Rooms big and well equipped.

          GreenTree Alliance Kunming Beijing Rd Linyu Bridge Hotel $26
          GreenTree Alliance Kunming Beijing Rd Linyu Bridge Hotel

          GreenTree Alliance Kunming Beijing Rd Linyu Bridge Hotel

          No 1 Tianyi Yijing Longbo Rd, Panlong District, Kunming, Yunnan
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Panlong, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Wanchun Pavilion and within 6 mi (10 km) of Yuantong Si and Kunming Zoo. Yunnan University and Yunnan Normal University are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Jinmao Hotel Lijiang, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt $104
            Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019
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            Jinmao Hotel Lijiang, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

            Jinmao Hotel Lijiang, the Unbound Collection by Hyatt

            No 8 Xiangjiang Road, Gucheng District, Lijiang, Yunnan
               
              4.4 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Loved the mountain view. Very large and comfortable rooms. Highly recommended.

              Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-La $45
              Reviewed on Jan 8, 2019
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              Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-La

              Hilton Garden Inn Shangri-La

              No. 144 Changzheng Avenue, Deqin, Yunnan
                 
                4.2 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Room Clean and big enough for couple We have 2 rooms - and locate just beside each others (excellent) 1 double and another one twin - as our request

                Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake $122
                Reviewed on Apr 13, 2018
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                Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake

                Hilton Yuxi Fuxian Lake

                No.10 Huanhu East Road, Yuxi, Yunnan
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  No transportation provided by hotel except very expensive car hire. That is ridiculous for a 5-star hotel in a remote area.

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