Yuanyang Travel GuideLocation: Yuanyang County is in Honghe Prefecture, south of Yunnan profection.
Area: with an area of 662,400 square kilometers
Nationalities: distributing Hani, Dai, Miao Zhuang, Yao Minority Nationalities, etc.
Hitory and Culture: Yuan Yang is located in Southern Yunnan Province and is a county comprised of several hundred small villages with the small provincial town of Nansha as its centre, the construction of a small airport in the last two years has opened up this previously hidden pocket of Yunnan to both domestic and foreign tourists to explore its natural beauty and unique culture.
Yuan Yang is famous for its agricultural cultivation with large rice terraces similar to those of Longsheng in Guangxi covering the landscape, Yuan Yang county is also the main exporter of fruit in Yunnan and also produces gold. In the last two years tourism in Yuan Yang County has increased by over 40% making it one of the fastest growing tourist regions in China.
Climate: The climate of Yuanyang county is mainly central sub-tropical monsoon with wet summers and dry winters. Average temperatures range from 26 Celsius down in the Red river valley to 4 Celsius in the upper reaches of the mountains.
Transportation: Due to recent highway construction, Old Yuanyang can now be reached in about 7 hours by direct bus from Yunnan's capital Kunming, situated 300 km to the north of the county, a trip which only a few years ago, would take 10 hours or more. Buses also connect Yuanyang with the town of Hekou and the border crossing with Vietnam (6 hours).
Local Specialties: the local handicrafts, Yunwu Tea, Terrace Red Rice, Lusha Pear
Local Food: Yuanyang Baked Doufu, Sticky Rice of Five Colors, Rolled Bean Jelly, Duck Egg wrapped by Grass, Hani Dipping, Beef Jerk
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