8 travel routes for traditional villages in Yunnan

There are dozens of traditional villages in the province of Yunnan, and here is the travel routes to explore these villages starting from the capital city Kunming.


Route 1

Kunming-Leju Village (55 km)

Leju Village (55 km)

The ancient village enjoying a history of more than 600 years is in the western suburb of Kunming. The houses in the village are built conforming to the topography of the mountains in a well-proportioned manner. With dragon pools, moat, ancient houses and stone paths etc, the village in the vicinity of the city has many stories behind.
Add: Longtan Community, Tuanjie Town, Kunming


Route 2


Danuohei Sani Ethnic Village (113 km)
The locals in Danuohei Village have used the stones to construct houses from generation to generation. These quaint stony houses are the trace of the time witnessing the change of the life of the Sani people living in the village. Due to the unique stony houses, Danuohei is deemed "a stony village".

Add: 30 km southeast to Shilin county seat, Kunming


Lazhe Buyi Ethnic Village (242 km)
The village which is composed of about 100 families features flagstone road, stilted houses and Buyi ethnic costumes and folk customs.
Add: Luosi Community, Lubuge Town, Luoping County, Qujing City


Route 3


Baiwu Village (240 km)
The village is deemed the first post on the "10 thousand-mile transportation to the national capital" thanks to the prosperity of copper business. In the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties, merchants and copper transportation escorting officials use to station here and sponsored to construct a dozen buildings including guild houses, ancestral halls, temples and over 150 businesses. Today, the village has kept its quaint style. 
Add: Nagu Town, Huize County, Qujing City


Wanzi Miao Ethnic Village (650 km)
Wanzi is Yunnan's  only one Miao ethnic village that was listed into the first batch of China's traditional villages. The village has well kept the Miao ethnic traditions which include “smaller threshold”(to symbolise one of the sons is married), Huashan festival, batik technique, and songs and dances etc.
Add: Shuitian Community, Shuitian Town, Weixin County, Zhaotong City


Route 4


Chengzi Village (176 km)
Enjoying a history of over 300 years, the earthen houses of the village outnumber 600. Built on the hillside, the earthen houses vividly look like terrace fields. 
Add: 25 km south to Luxi county seat, Honghe Prefecture


Tuanshan Village (203 km)
Tuanshan is often referred to as Family Zhang's Garden because Zhang Family from Jiangxi Province immigrated here for business since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and had prospered into a well-to-do family in the later years. The village is highlighted by a cluster of ancient traditional residences first constructed in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties.
Add: 13 km west to Jianshui county seat, Honghe Prefecture


Route 5


Xizhou Bai Ethnic Village (366 km)
Xizhou is highlighted by a cluster of ancient Bai ethnic houses first constructed during the Ming(1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912)dynasties and during the Republic of China (1912-1949). It is one of the best destinations to explore the Bai ethnic culture in Dali. 
Add: Xizhou Town, Dali


Sideng Village (473 km)
It was once a very important station on the ancient Tea-Horse Road .In the village, all of the architectures are well preserved in a traditional manner. Visitors are normally impressed with the quaint ancient opera stage, ancient temple, ancient shops, caravan guesthouses, sand-stone  roads, centuries-old trees, ancient alleys and village gate etc.
Add: Shaxi Town, Jianchuan County, Dali Prefecture


Baoshan Naxi Ethnic Village (632 km)
Seated on a cliff to the northeast of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, this Naxi ethnic village is about 100 km from the Old Town of Lijiang in the northwest of Yunnan Province. Most of the household utensils in the village are made from lime stones thus the name Stony Village.
Add: Baoshan Town, Yulong County, Lijiang City


Niru Tibetan Village (748 km)
Niru is one of the symbolic nominated places among the natural wonders of the world natural heritage site the Three Parallel Rivers. 75 km northeast to Shangri-La county seat, and because of the inconvenient transport, Niru was once seldom known. Today, this Tibetan village is also called "the last mysterious land in Shangri-La." 
Add: Luoji Town, Shangri-La County, Diqing Prefecture


Yubeng Tibetan Village (854 km)
A really beautiful and miraculous place in the northwest of Yunnan. Due to the special geographic location at the foot of the Meili Snow Mt, the small Tibetan village is linked to the outside world only by a passage, and for this reason people call it "the peach blossom valley". The authentic Tibetan traditions in the village are well preserved. 
Add: Yunling Town, Deqin County, Diqing Prefecture


Route 6


Yunnanyi Village (270 km)
With a history of more than 2,000 years, it is the first place called "Yunnan". As an important station on the ancient Tea-Horse Road, the village has a well kept ancient passage and caravan guesthouses that are Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) style architectures.  
Add: Yunnanyi Town, Xiangyun County, Dali Prefecture


Nuodeng Village (482 km)
This ancient village is 160 km away from Dali, with a Taoist architecture complex dating back to the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) dynasties. In the Chinese food TV series A Bite of China, Nuodeng is specially introduced for its salt culture and the ham. 
Add: Shimen Town, Yunlong County, Dali Prefecture


Route 7



Zhuomulang Yi Ethnic Village (375 km)
It is said that Zhuomulang is the last imperial Yi ethnic tribe of the Nanzhao Kingdom (738-937) during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). The folklores which include the ancient dances, music and folk songs have been well preserved, and the dazzling traditional costumes of the Yi people here are very different from others. 
Add: Xinsheng Community, Dacang Town, Weishan County, Dali Prefecture


Guji Village (570 km)
The village is in Lushi Old Town of Fengqing County which is the hometown of Yunnan black tea used to be an ancient passage in the early 14th century linking the inland of China and the frontier areas in Southwest Yunnan. In the Tang (618-907) and Song (960-1279) dynasties, Lushi was an important part of the South Silk Road and had developed into an important station on the ancient Tea-Horses Trail (Road) in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and the Republic of China (1912-1949). 
Add: Lushi Town, Fengqing County, Lincang City


Gumo Village (600 km)
Benefiting from inherit of the history and culture of the ancient Tea-Horse Road, Gumo village is known for the profound Confucian culture since ancient times. The locals are good at writing Chinese couplets for festivals and important events. In many local families, wall paintings and inscriptions are ubiquitous. 
Add: 6.4 km west to Shili Town, Fengqing County, Lincang City


Jiangdong Village (674 km)
In the deep autumn each year, the village becomes a pretty golden world because of the fallen leaves of gingko trees. The rare century-old gingko trees in the hamlet attracts many visitors, especially photographers.
Add: Gudong Town, Tengchong County, Baoshan City


Mandong Village (760 km)
Mandong village has enjoyed a history of about 600 years and its villagers live together according to their surnames. The village is traditionally set with flagstone road, brick walls, ancient wells, ponds and brooks. Besides, the village is known for a unique handicraft: Husa knife. 
Add: Husa Town, Longchuan County, Dehong Prefecture


Route 8


Bixi Village (241 km)
With a long history and profound ethnic culture, the village has well kept the ancient style and it is where the cultures of the Hani people and Han people amalgamate. 
Add: North part of Bixi Town, Mojiang County, Puer City


Zhanglang Bulang Ethnic Village (618 km)
As an ancient Bulang ethnic village, Zhanglang is rich in cultural heritages that can be experienced in the daily life of the locals. In the Village, there is a 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple housing more than 100 palm-tree-leave sutras. The architecture complex of the temple is full of Bulang ethnic artistic elements.
Add: 4 km to the local council of Xiding Town, Menghai County, Xishuangbanna Prefecture


Villages of Jingmai and Mangjing (666 km)
Both of the villages are located in Jingmai Mt which has a total area of tea plantation of over 1,800 hectares including 1,100 hectares of ancient tea bushes. Jingmai is a Dai ethnic village, while Mangjing is a Bulang ethnic village. Behind the houses of the villages, visitors can see many ancient tea trees.
Add: Jingmai Mt, Lancang County, Puer City


Wengding Wa Ethnic Village (686 km)
Normally referred to as the "last primitive tribe in China", Wengding in the west of Yunnan Province is a Wa ethnic community. Everything here has been preserved in a good manner, and the local Wa people have inherited their own culture and tradition for nearly 4,000 years.
Add: 40 km northwest to the Cangyuan county seat, Lincang City