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Learn how
to pronounce
Yunnan names

I give you the pronunciations and meanings of these ten popular Yunnan destinations and ethnic names: Baishui, Deqin, Jingsha, Lijiang, Naxi, Shangri-La, Shigu, Songzanlin, Yunnan, and Zhongdian.

Yunnan placenames

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of Yunnan's must-seeattractions

The Yunnan must-sees include those in and beyond the Lijiang and Shangri-La area. For example, they include the Stone Forest, Three Pagodas, Xishuangbanna and Yuan Yang Rice Terraces. All are Hillman Wonders medal winners.

Click bookcover to learn about
this famous Lost Horizon book

Read my mini-synopsis of (and insights on) the famous 1933 novel by James Hilton. The author coined the name "Shangri-La," which today captivates the imaginations of people around the globe.

Natural beauty

The landscape of China's remote Shangri-La is stunning. You are surrounded by scenic snow-capped peaks, forested mountain slopes, mirror-like lakes, rustic farms, and green pastures where shaggy yaks and fleecy sheep graze. The landscape is timeless, the air fresh and exhilarating.

Know these Lijiang and Shangri-La tips

Top 5- Nearby attraction - Ranked
Tips - When to go and not go
Tips - Avoiding altitude sickness
Tips - Mountain cable car ride
Tips - More
Tips - Some more
Lijiang insights
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Top 5  attractions - Ranked
Tips - When to go
Tips - Getting to Shangri-La
Tips - Zhongdian name confusion
Shangri-La insights
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More topics
Pronouncing Yunnan names
Yunnan highlights map
Lost Horizon - The book
Lost Horizon - The film
Lost Horizon - Location debate

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Wonders of China - Top 10 rankings
China Wonders map
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