You may know the origin of coffee, but you may not know that the first coffee tree in China was actually founded in Zhukula village (朱苦拉村), Binchuan County, Dali, Yunnan Province. At the beginning of the 20th century (1892), the French missionary Father Alfred Lietard preached in Dali Binchuan, and in order to be able to drink coffee, he planted coffee trees near the church in the village of Zhuhulla.
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Yunnan has many beautiful sceneries and is famous for her mountains, ethnic minority tribes and perfect climate. But as the Chinese idiom “有山有水” (yǒu shān yǒu shuǐ) describes, the perfect sceneries “have mountains, have water”. Without curling rivers and tranquil lakes, Yunnan’s landscape would lose a lot of her charm. So let’s take a look at the lakes of Yunnan that add the “shuǐ” to Yunnan’s “shān”.
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In June 2017, a group of over 50 students and their teachers from various Hong Kong schools (La Salle College, the St. Paul's Secondary School as well as the Pui Tak Canossian College) took part in our South Of The Colourful Clouds Tour throughout Yunnan. Great fun for all people involved!
Some 70 km south of famous Dali Old Town, a cozy, picturesque and secluded little city is located: Weishan (巍山). Not as famous but also not as crowded as the ancient centers of Dali, Lijiang or Shangri-La, Weishan's old town enjoys a long history as well as a great diversity of culture.
Some 60 km north of Dali Old Town, right between Dali and Lijiang, lies peaceful Er’yuan (洱源). The name Er’yuan liturally means the source of Er, so of the Er’hai Lake. With a nice climate and relatively small population as well as its abundant hot springs, Er’yuan still is an insider's tip.
Beginning of this month (April 2017), the government of Dali Prefecture decided to temporarily close down almost 2000 guesthouses, restaurants and bars bordering directly the lakeside of Er'hai Lake. The reason: environmental issues, waste water pollution and the protection of the lake.
Yunnan Province is famous for its numerous old towns. Some of them have been renovated, rebuilt and made pretty for visitors from all over the world. Many people have heard of the old towns in charming Lijiang, cozy Dali or vivid Jianshui. Ever heard of Zhouzheng (州城) though?
Cangshan (苍山) is the high mountain range located just to the west of Dali. It is a popular local recreation area for the people of and visitors to the Dali region. To reach higher elevations conveniently, 3 different cable cars have been built along the range. A short guide of how to get up.
With a beautiful scenery and numerous temples, Jizu Shan (which means "Chicken Foot Mountain") is one of China's most famous Buddhist mountains. It is located in Binchuan County / Dali prefecture, some 370 kilometers west of Kunming and is a great for visiting all year round.