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The Dianchi Lake, also called ‘Kunming Lake’, ‘Kunming Pond’, and ‘Southern Lake of Yunnan’ during ancient times, is a plateau lake with beautiful scenery; it is about 1,886 meters (6,187.7 feet) above sea level. The lake water and the sky seem joining mutually, dense mist is on the surface of the lake, and sails are strolling above the water. It claims to be ‘a pearl on the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau’ for a long time.

Dianchi Lake (Dianchi), 370 square kilometers in area, 44 meters deep, and 1,885 meters in elevation, is the eighth largest lake in China and the largest in Yunnan Province. It is also the sixth largest freshwater lake in China, also known as Kunming Lake or Kunming Pond, was formed by the subsidence of a fault zone. It is a highland lake, much treasured both in the light of Kunming’s perennial spring weather and the splendid scenic beauty of the Lake District. Surrounded by hills and crisscrossed by streams, the lake basin is spread with thousands of acres of fertile fields reaching as far as the eye can see. The lake and the area around the lake are regarded as the center of Kunming’s attractions. Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours, We also provide Thailand tour packages or Cambodia tour packages.

The lake is crescent-shaped, about 39 kilometers (24 miles) in length and 13 kilometers (8 miles) in width at its widest. Its natural banks are formed by mountains on all four sides. More than twenty rivers nurture the lake which has a shoreline of 163.2 kilometers (101 miles). Four surrounding hills contribute to the picturesque landscape, making visitors intoxicated and linger around. You may appreciate the beauty of the lake and hills from a boat, and explore this cradle of Yunnan culture.

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Most buildings in Lijiang are built low, with three stories at most. According to locals, this ensures that “wherever you stand, nothing will block your view of the snow mountain.” Welcome to China, Chinatourguide.com is pleasure to provide service for your China tours.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a sanctuary for rare animals and wild plants. In fact, one fourth of all plant species in China can be found here and 20 primeval forest communities shelter a big family of 400 types of trees and 30 kinds of animals which are protected by the state. These species live in different temperature levels and create different kinds of views. The 13 peaks, which have the altitudes of at least 4,000 meters, are covered by snow all year round; the mountain is also called the "Natural Glacier Museum" for it has all types of glacier. Move down from the mountaintop and you can see rivers and pools, which are formed by the thawed snow water running along the valley and through the forests. The plants and the animals are different according to the altitude, so are the views. Every sight brings you a surprise and every step takes you to a new scene.  Each of the meadows on Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has its own special character due to their different landscape and height. For instance, Yunshanping (Spruce Plateau) is grassland with gigantic spruces whilst Ganhaizi (Dry Sea) used to be a highland lake as its name tells, the meadow was formed after the water had dried up.

The mountain is a holy mountain for the Naxi (also spelt Nakhi and Nahi) people, a soul of the tribe. Allegedly, the Naxi tribe believed that their Genius "Sanduo" was the god of mountain, living on the Jade Dragon Mountain. Legends say whenever the Naxi people fought with their enemy, he always appeared, with white face like the snow, wearing white helmet and white armor, riding a white horse, holding a white spear, to help the Naxi soldiers to defeat the enemy. Naxi warriors must sacrifice the "Sanduo" god before they went to battle. On the slope of the mountain lies a "Sanduo Temple" where the Genius "Sanduo" of the Naxi people is worshipped.

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Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province, China. It is known as “Spring City” owing to the pleasant climate all the year round, no severe cold in winter and also without heat in summer, four seasons’ temperature keep between 3 ~ 29℃.
Kunming is famous for its natural scenery, pleasant weather, four-season flowers and ethnic customs. Here are the places we have visited during my 2 days Kunming tour.

First Stop: Yunnan Ethnic Village, here you can feel Yunnan’s diverse ethnic culture. It is a theme park of sorts–an ethnographic display of the architecture and ways of life of Yunnan’s minority population.

Yunnan Ethnic Village
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The Second Stop: Dianchi Lake, which reputed as the “Pearl of the Plateau”, is a great place to relax and get close to nature, to enjoy the beautiful sunset.

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The Third Stop: Kunming Expo Park, brings together the world gardening achievements in one park. It includes 34 domestic exhibition park and 33 international exhibition of Park; 112 species of rare and endangered plants, the previous record A1 level the best level of world Horticultural Exposition.
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Yunnan, a land of various ethnic groups, landscapes, natural scenery, creatures etc, is the most southwest province of China, sharing a border with Burma in the west, Laos in the south, and Vietnam in the southeast. In case you decide to travel Yunnan, here i suggest you the top 4 attractions in Yunnan to be added in your list.

Kunming Stone Forest
The Stone Forest, know as the first wonder of world, is about 120 kilometers away from Kunming and covers about 400 square kilometers. It takes about 2 hours from Kunming to Stone Forest. There is a local saying “A visit to Kunming is waste time without a visit to the Stone Forest.” Therefore, it’s a value for you to have Stone Forest trip.
Kunming Stone Forest
Tiger Leaping Gorge
Tiger Leaping Gorge, lying between between the Yulong Snow Mountain and Haba Snow Mountain, which surround its two sides. Tiger Leaping Gorge (Hutiao Gorge), which is believed to be the deepest gorge in the world, is a popular hiking place for tourists when they travel in Lijiang. Tiger Leaping Gorge
Lijiang Old Town
The Old Town of Lijiang is a world famous tourist destination. It is a well preserved ancient city filled with ethnic minorities, culture, and art. The Old Town is built along the lie of mountains and the flow of rivers, providing a very precious sample of the research on the old-time architecture. The unique geographical location, historical background and multiracial inhabitants make it one of the most special.
Lijiang Old Town
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Famous for its ice and snow sights, altiplano and meadow attractions, virgin forest and landscape, the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is the core area of Lijiang Old Town’s natural sight.

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has become a famous destination for visitors who wish to do a bit of sightseeing, mountaineering, skiing, exploring, and scientific research. It is an untouched natural paradise that should not be missed.

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The Pudacuo National Park, located in the east of Shangri-La, southwest Yunnan Province. It is one of the most biodiversity regions of the whole world containing at least 20 % of the countrys plant species, around 1/3 of its mammal and bird species, as well as nearly 100 endangered species.

Pudacuo National Park

The National Park boasts and preserves many typical characteristics of China’s southwestern region along with various aspects of traditional nomadic Tibetan plateau life. It has its two highlights–freshwater lakes (Emerald Pagoda Lake & Shudu Lake) as well as a visitor center, Tibetan culture villages and pasture views. Park buses (included in the park ticket) frequently transfer between the spots. Summer and fall (June-October) are the best time to visit the park, particularly the azalea blossoms in June and a riot of color in September. >>Shangri-La Tour Guide

Pudacuo National Park

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