which is situated in central Yunnan and
north of the Dianchi Basin, is skirted on
three sides by mountains, with one side
opening onto the Dianchi Lake. The city
is nicknamed "City of Spring"
due to the fact that it is covered all the
year round with the rich verdure of trees
and plants. Endowed with a pleasant climate,
the city's 15,000 square kilometres of land
is adorned with more than 400 kinds of flowers.
Kunming is world-famous for its abundance
of camellias, orchids, azaleas and Primula malacoides
, which can be found in the Kunming Botanical
Garden, where 4,000 varieties of tropical and
subtropical plants grow profusely. Kunming is
also a renowned historical and cultural city in
ancient times it was an important gateway
to the celebrated Silk Road which conducted
to Tibet, Sichuan, Myanmar and India.
The city's highland scenery is alluring,
its karst landform is bewitching. Its people are
known for their varied and exotic habits and customs,
and its land is pockmarked with historical artifacts,
places of cultural interest, and gardens landscaped
with a picturesque taste. Among the major scenic
spots of Kunming are the Dianchi Lake, the Cuihu
Lake, the Village of Ethnic Culture, the Jindian
(Golden Temple) Park, the Western Mountain Forest
Reserve, the Stone Forest, the Jiuxiang Scenic
Belt, the Yuantong Mountain, the Grand View Pavilion,
and the Qiongzhu Temple.
Yunnan is a perfect showpiece of China's
many natural wonders, rugged, wild, and unspoiled. The province
is famed for its multitude of ethnic groups, of China's fifty-five
officially recognized ethnic minorities, twenty-five can be
found in Yunnan. Here visitors could find snow-capped mountains,
mysterious deep valleys, peaceful highland lakes, magnificent
Karst hills, tropical rainforests, and torrential rivers.
As the capital of China, Beijing is the
political, cultural, and intellectual center of the country.
Beijing has so much to offer travelers. The celebrated tourist
center is filled with historical highlights, the most well known
ones are: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Temple
of Heaven, Ming Tombs...
Tibet Autonomous Region, a mystical land
called "the Roof of the World", more than 50 peaks in this area
are higher than 7,000 meters, and 11 peaks exceed 8,000 meters.
Mt. Everest - the world's highest peak is located in Tibet.
Tibet offers fabulous things to see, including unique Buddhist
monastery, breathtaking high-altitude lakes, stunning views
of the snow mountains and brilliant Tibetan culture.