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If you go: Yunnan province, China

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Before traveling, visitors must apply for tourist visas at a Chinese consulate.

From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Kunming, a good starting point for most Yunnan excursions, is offered on Korean, China Eastern, Air China and China Southern. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $720. From Kunming to Lijiang, nonstop service is offered on Shanghai Airlines, China Southern and China Eastern. Restricted nonstop fares begin at $142. From Kunming to Daqing, connecting service is offered on China Southern and Air China. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $414.


To call the numbers below from the U.S., dial 011 (the international dialing code), 86 (the country code for China) and the local number.


Yue Wang of the Nature Conservancy China suggests visiting northwest Yunnan from April to October because the region gets too cold in winter. Southern Yunnan welcomes tourists year-round.

Yunnan currently has five pilot national parks in various stages of official approval: Meili Snow Mountain, Laojunshan, Pudacuo, Xishuangbanna and Pu'er. To plan a hike, camping trip or home stay in these parks, consult travel agents in Kunming or cities near the parks such as Lijiang, Zhongdian, Diqing, Dali or Jinghong.


The Hump Hostel, Jinmabiji Square, Jinbi Road, Kunming; 871-3640359, More than a cozy backpacker hangout. In addition to dorm beds ($5 a night), the centrally located hostel has private doubles starting at $13 a night. Expats chill on the Hump's rooftop patio. The English-speaking staff can help plan your Yunnan tour.


Yunnan Provincial Tourism Information Center,

The Nature Conservancy China Program,

GoKunming, Yunnan's leading English-language news website,

Pudacuo National Park,

Laojunshan National Park, (Chinese-only)

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