We're going to fly to Beijing then get the train to Kunming in Yunnan, where we will backpack around (Yunnan, not the city!)
until its time to catch the train back to Beijing.
flights are booked, visas and train tickets being processed, so thats all taken care of.
Has anyone here done this before? any tips?
its very exciting!
li jiang, da li, shangri-la, yuan yang (amazing terrace field), tengc hong,xi shuang ban na,, almost the best place in yunnan
We hope to travel up through Dali, Lijiang and to Zhongdian, before heading to Jinhong and exploring around there.
we don't have a set plan, that way we can visit other places if we want to.
Yuanyang looks amazing we will have to see about finding it.
I've done pretty much exactly the trip you mention. It was really fantastic, one of my favourite trips. I've put a fair bit in the travel guides about Yunnan, and so have a few other people - there are some good tips there so check it out. Also, look at my blog for this trip. Only North Yunnan unfortunately, we ran out of time before making it to Jinghong - there's so much to see. You don't mention Tiger Leaping Gorge - that' a must do, unless you hate either hiking or heights or both!
its good to see that someone else has done the North in about the time scale we had planned.
hopefully we will have enough time to visit the South too.
We plan to get the trains between Kunming, Dali and Lijiang, is this what you did? Did you find travelling between places easy or a bit difficult?
We do Plan to got to Tiger Leaping Gorge, though we've never been treking before, so i don't know if
we could do that, esp as it will be the begining of the rainy season, and so particularly dangerous!
This is really our first trip like this ever.
The Tiger Leaping Gorge trek isn't hard, but some parts of the walk are narrow and very high with a sheer drop so really not good for those with vertigo. It's definitely not to be attempted when wet due to the risk of slipping, but it should be possible for anyone when it's dry.
We used buses to get between the places you mention, partly because the trains we wanted were already booked up, and there is no train service Dali-Lijiang, the last railhead is at Dali. The buses were reasonably convenient, very cheap, and we had no trouble booking or finding them. Travelling between these places is fairly easy as they are big tourist places even for the Chinese so there are plenty of buses, also there are English speaking staff at at least one counter at each bus station.
I guess when we get to Tiger Leaping Gorge we'll have to see.
We had hoped to get the overnight train to Dali, but its good to know that the buses are easy.
thanks for your replys, if we think of any other questions we'll ask!
Jinghong is a great city. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Like many other parts of Southwestern China, you'll find a sizable minority of Burmese living in the city, operating most of the jewelry stores.
i've written this about our experinces in Yunnan.