At the end of spring and beginning of summer, which is normally from end of April until halfway May in Kunming, jacaranda flowers in the Spring city are in full bloom. Tourists and locals gather around the streets to appreciate these purple flower canopies at Green Lake Park, Beijing Road, Huanhu Road and Jiaochang Middle Road.
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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.
It is a lifesaving Chinese medicine for soldiers on the battlefield in the modern history of China. We call it the best effective medicine "Qu Huan Zhang Wan Ying Bai Bao Dan - 曲焕章万应百宝丹", later people call it "Yunnan Baiyao - 云南白药".
Everybody has heard of the Yunnan Stone Forest in Shilin near Kunming. But did you know that the Stone Forest has three siblings? There are four "Earthen" Forests in Yunnan, next to the Stone Forest, there is the Earth Forest, the Sand Forest and the Plaster Forest.
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”.