Yunnan is located in the very southwest of China and is without doubt one of the most attractive regions in China. Yunnan’s geographical diversity is incredible, featuring towering, permanently snow-covered peaks, limestone, marble karst mountains, volcanoes, tropical jungles and some of the world’s deepest gorges. Four of china’s major rivers run through this abundant province: the Yangtze, the Mekong, the Salween and the Red River. Southeast Yunnan is also the source of the Pearl River. Altitudes vary immensely from the 6,750m peak of Mount Kagebo (Meili Mountain) to the confluence of the Honghe and Nanxi Rivers in Hekou Country near the Vietnamese border, which lie at a mere 76m.
Almost exactly the size of Germany and Holland combined; the Yunnan Province shares its borders with Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam. This makes Yunnan an important transit route for all sorts of important goods to the rest of china. 25 of China’s official 56 ethnic groups can be found in and around the Province. Many of these ethnic groups can also be found in Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.