Provinces in South West China
On the steep banks of the Yangtze river, deep in the heart of China, lies the massive city of Chongqing, the biggest municipality in China and one of the biggest cities in the world. The rapidly growing and developing city is the starting/ending point for tours of the Three Gorges area with the Three Gorges Dam just 100km downstream.
Deep in south west China lies Guizhou. This region is culturally diverse with 38% of the population coming from ethnic minorities such as the Miao, Buyi, Dong and Tujia peoples. Historically few communication links ran through Guizhou and today it still has a feeling of being far off the beaten track. The land is mountainous and its remoteness has preserved its character of a older China of years gone past.
Home to the giant panda which still lives wild, but few in number, within the high mountain bamboo forests of Sichuan. Tourists can see these elusive animals up close at the panda sanctuary in Chengdu city. The Yangtze river flows through here and the far west of the province sees the land rise up to the edge of the Tibetan plateau. In Sichuan you will find Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Spot and five other similar UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
High up on the back of the Himalaya mountains, in the far west of China, is the secret land of Tibet. In the principal city, Lhasa, you will find the famous Potala Palace. Not far to the south is Mount Everest (Qomolangma). Tours can take the intrepid tourist, fit enough to cope with the high altitude, from Lhasa to Everest base came and on into neighbouring Nepal.
There are only two seasons in Yunnan, summer and spring, with no winter. This land is mountainous, the eastern edge touching the Hymalyas and Tibet. The famous Lijaing town is in the north of Yunnan, near the start of the Yangtze river. The capital Kunming is know for Stone Forest karst landscape. In the south is Erhai Lake Park in Dali city.