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Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around
Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around
Have you ever imagined what it’s like living like a local in one of the most fascinating countries on the planet: China? Well, you arrived at the right place. No need to imagine further, because this lengthy post will just be about that. Funny thing is, there are a lot of countries around the world that have their own local language, authentic cultureand unbelievable places to explore, but truth be told – there is something so specific and so tangible about China that anyone (or everyone!) would at least dream about, even once in their lifetime. Yes, it’s that kind of bucket list worthy place, especially if it’s places that will get you that euphoric experiential adventures. Good thing, it’s possible and it’s about time to explore the distinguishing loveliness of Yunnan province in southern China.

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

Growing up and wanting to experience what this diversely rich world has to offer, I remember using up all my savings (what’s new?) and calling the travel agency and deciding to book my very first travel tour from a legit and well-known travel company in the Philippines. This was way back when I was still studying. Everything about the travel and tour was cozy, comfortable, and oh so extra camera-friendly. The feeling of having a travel company prepare everything for you up to the very last-minute detail turned out like a luxury, a vice, a gamble… and it felt so good too! Every touristy place, bestseller food, and favorite experience we tried merited an inspirational travel postIt was a Kickstarter to a perpetuate a state of wanderlust.

So, after coming up with a master plan to travel some more, and more, and a whole lot more. I found myself stirring away from tour companies, and instead, relying on my Christopher Columbus skills in preparing all the places, food choices, and signature experiences of my travels. And of course, to be honest, even if it is a lot of work to prepare your own travel, it is a lot cheaper to do so, once you know the ropes of ideas on what to do.


Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

BUT. There is always a caveat.

There will come a point when you will feel the need for some tours that are unconventional and off the beatenYes, you know what I am talking about! You know, the type that is not too touristy, the feeling of being at one with the locals without being too localized and still enjoying the privilege of being in a tour. It’s like a middle ground between being a beginner traveler and a seasoned one.

That’s the type of travel adventure that I started to yearn for when I managed to visit a country and city that is completely unconventional and unknown to me. You know, one of the biggest and most powerful countries on the planet: China. Yes, there is a need to get that middle ground here, so that you are centered and grounded with the surreal experiences that you can get in this amazing country. It is absolutely challenging to do so if you happen to be a non-native speaker of any form of Chinese language! The solution? Well: Zomya.co.

“Who is Zomya?”, you may ask and what are they doing differently that makes them worth the time, compared to the others out there. Well, this is the very same question I had, when I was deciding whether to go to Yunnan, China and try out their uniquely Yunnan experiential tours.

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

As a travel bloggerI kind of have my own set of standards and stereotypes that are almost set in stone

So, I’ve learned that the best way is always to rely on your instincts as well. The first and foremost gutfeel decision I had to make was based from my research and communication with the Zomya team themselves. It gave me an instant access to how professional and how collaborative they are as a travel and tour agency, even if they are relatively young compared to other giant players out there. There is a sense of genuine care for recommending one-of-a-kind experiences that is tailor-fitted to a traveler’s personality, either through building connections between their local people or their historical cultures.

Here's a bit of a fun fact: Zomya came from two travel geniuses, one Belgian and one Chinese, who managed to meet and create a fraternal bond that is as strong and as long as the Great Wall of China. Their inimitable tandem of creativity, passion, determination, and inspiration allowed Zomya to grow and become tours that can be felt as authentic memories for travelers from all walks of life.

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

From places like Dali, Jianshui, Shangri-La, Kunming, Puzhehei, Mengzi, Dongchuan, and Honghe, every single spot that you visit with Zomya are guaranteed to have almost little to none – tourists. This is good, because it gives you a unique signature kind of understanding that can only be understood if you are alone with the locals, whom more often than not are super friendly, even if they could not speak a single word of English. You’ll see how powerful a smile and a bit of body language conversation can go a really long way in building trust and friendship.

Likewise, the itineraries and experiences I’ve tried with Zomya are, in a lot of ways, very aligned with my priority and preference when it comes to traveling to a new place. This is very important because not only does it fit perfectly with how I want to enjoy my travel, but it also gives subtle yet significant hints of new highlights that I would never have thought of if I did my own planning alone.

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

There is a lot of cultural immersiontraveling and learningembracing nature, and of course, enjoying each moment with locals that are not there to sell you anything. I’ve gotten a taste of homecooked food; I’ve rubbed elbows with ethnic minorities and participated in an ethnic tribe burial ritual, and even woken up with a blanket of clouds – all of these were made available, even in a lesser known Southwest China destination, is apparently possible! Wow, right?

Enough gushing, more sharing of practical details about how you can get in touch with this phenomenal start-up kind of travel tour company based in Yunnan province, China. I told you that I am a fan of all things start-up and travel, right? So yes, they are still at their youthful stages, which is a really good thing, because you can expect more strengths to be added to their pipeline of destinations, itineraries, and add-ons. You can reach them via their official website, their Facebook page, their Instagram account, and of course, through TripAdvisor.

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

If you are a travel blogger, a landscape and cultural photographer, a senior citizen group of friends, a close family of travelers, an adventurist couple, or even a soloist wanting to explore a guaranteed precise and different kind of China, full of UNESCO landscapes, ethnic minorities, and cultural activities to experience – then I hugely recommend having a go with Zomya.Co. They know the ins and outs of everything Yunnan, and they can help convert you off-the-beaten kind of travel adventure into a check in your travel bucket list.


Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

ZOMYA.CO: Experiential Adventures in China
Providing one of a kind travel experiences, through the off the beaten path adventures in China’s Yunnan and Eastern Tibet. Building bridges between local people and authentic cultures, like traditional villages, ethnic markets, and local cuisines. Tailor-made itineraries to give you a different perspective on traveling in China.

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around

Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around
Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around
Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around


Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around
Yunnan China Adventure: Experiential Adventures in Yunnan and Around


[YUNNAN EXPERIENTIAL ADVENTURES] Read the rest of the Yunnan China Travel Series:


Yunnan China Adventure: 6 Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China

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Yunnan China Adventures
We aren’t done yet, and we shouldn’t be. When it comes to finding some truly incomparable places of interest that you must see, visiting China and spending time in their richly blessed Yunnan province, in particular, is something that any traveler should consider doing. Apart from the point that it is indeed crawling with  UNESCO Heritage sites, the fact of the matter is Yunnan is so beautiful in its own right. And there’s no need to doubt that, because there are a lot of incomparable places to visit and experience here, especially in cities, towns, and even villages around KunmingJianshuiHongheMengzi, and Yuanyang.

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bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China

Because it’s being bordered by MyanmarLaos, and Vietnam, you are guaranteed to have distinctive colorful cultures wrapped around in beautiful landscapes and ethnic customs. You will for sure be fascinated by its spectacular natural scenery, snow-capped mountain peaks, sapphire-like lakes, but even more so with its unbeatable places of interests. From gardens, houses, temples, and caves, you’ll be sure to have a taste of its historical and cultural ethnicities. Needless to say, your Yunnan China Adventures will not be fully complete, without adding a few tourist attractions to visit that isn’t really too touristy, but more like off the beaten too.

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bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China

I had the pleasure of wandering around Yunnan, and at the same time, getting a grip of their local coffee drips. What I discovered was that this particular province in China is so gorgeous, especially if you get the chance to see their local attractions and share conversations with locals. The highlights of the experiential adventures I had were with the help of some local friends. I’d like to let you in an option - in case you are interested to sit back and let a Yunnan tour allow you to have that less touristy, tailor-fitted itinerary and adventure, you may want to consider Zomya.co to reveal that hidden local-preferred, off the beaten kind of worth it travel guide that can only be done in YunnanYes, this includes all these items below, which can only be found strategically scattered across Yunnan. What do you think, yes?

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Yuanshidong Cave
Location: Mengzi
The Yuanshidong Cave or Guanyindong is the “first cave of South of Yunnan, built during the Qing dynasty, and it has so many interesting artifacts combined in one venue: from different styles of ConfucianismBuddhism, and Taoism. Can you believe it, there are no tourists or photographers that you can see, if you decide to go before lunchtime. Be sure to go up the cave, after offering some prayers below. You’ll be stunned to see an unbelievable panoramic view of the town, with matching provincial fog, and that sacred atmosphere of the small cave makes the 100 plus steps all worth it. Don’t forget to notice the fascinating mix of zodiac statues scattered around the rooftop and pillars of the place.

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bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China

Zhujia Family Garden
Location: Jianshui
Who wants to talk about movie-like settings? If you do, then this garden is for you! Jianshui’s Zhu Family Garden is the “Grand View Garden at Southwest Border of China” is the most legendary tourist attraction in Jianshui. Okay, so maybe it’s not too off the beaten, a bit touristy, but since it’s rather far from Kunming, it’s relatively less crowded with foreign tourists but more popular for local tourists coming from other towns and villages within China. You should not miss this place that’s an accommodation, sightseeing, and historical heritage of Jianshui. You’ll be amazed to see the cinematic-looking gardens and the abounding Chinese bonsai plants everywhere! Not to mention, the place is roomy, you can easily spend at least half a day to relax and enjoy the different sceneries and areas of this place.

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bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
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Yuantong Temple
Location: Kunming
It’s an excellent idea to offer a prayer here. Unlike other Buddhist temples, which are built on a "climbing up" style (you have to climb to reach it), when you enter this oldest and the largest Buddhist temple in Kunming, the Yuantong Temple  is reachable by descending along a gently sloping garden path. What you’ll like the most though is that the architectural style is spectacular, especially its palace, octagonal pavilion and at present the only one Theravada Buddhism of the China mainland — copper Buddhist hall. Although yes, since it is also in Kunming, it can be a touristy, especially during peak hours and seasons, itll be nice to swing by this time when there are not many tourists, preferably around weekday early evenings.

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bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China

Temple of Tianjun
Location: Jianshui
Not much write-up about this online, because it isn’t as well known or as massive as the other temples around this town. Nonetheless, the Temple of Tianjun should merit a visit, especially if you want to pray to their sixty plus gods and deities. Definitely, off the beaten and not touristy by any standards, this spacious place of worship is where some of the locals go visit to pray and offer requests. On a typical weekday, it’s pretty much empty and all you can witness are local puppies playing around and some chirping birds resting inside the temple grounds. It’s very peaceful and there’s an ancient feel to it that you will enjoy for sure.

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bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China
bowdywanderscom Singapore Travel Blog Philippines Photo People’s Republic of China Yunnan China Adventure: Incomparable Places of Interest in Southwestern China

Confucius Temple
Location: Jianshui
Last but certainly not the least, you have to know that the leader among the list of temples to visit in this side of Yunnan is this key national historical highlight known as the Jianshui Confucius Temple. It happens to be the second largest in China, after the one in Confucius' birthplace! It has more than 700 years of history and culture preserved. You shouldn’t be surprised since this is a city that used to be their main trading link between Kunming and everything south. Aside from the towering statue of Confucius, it’s also a good idea to explore this place with a book in one hand to enjoy the feeling of being philosophical like the one and only Confucius!

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The Grand Mosque of Shadian
Location: Mengzi
In case you didn’t know, Yunnan has the largest mosque in southeast China, known as the Grand Mosque of Shadian.  This grandiose mosque can actually hold more than 10,000 people to do prayers; you shouldn’t wonder, because the design has said to be inspired by the Nabawi Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia. Very opulent and magnificent! You’ll see a different side of spirituality in China through the hallways, the pillars, gold-embelished walls, and fine chandeliers. Be sure to decide to visit during weekday early to late afternoons, so as to experience the whole mosque by yourselves.


ZOMYA.CO: Experiential Adventures in China
Providing one of a kind travel experiences, through the off the beaten path adventures in China’s Yunnan and Eastern Tibet. Building bridges between local people and authentic cultures, like traditional villages, ethnic markets, and local cuisines. Tailor-made itineraries to give you a different perspective on traveling in China.


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