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China's Golden Triangle in Yunnan Province is at the confluence of Burma, Laos and Thailand. Home to over a dozen ethnic groups and a mixture of cultures living along its borders.

Pictured above is a woman from the Hani hill tribe in Xishuangbanna, Yunnan.

THE BURMA ROAD ~ built along an ancient trade route during WWII
  • Hike in the Gaoligong Mountains, protected by the World Wildlife Fund and a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve World Heritage Site  
  • Stumble on to China's biggest reclining jade Buddha at Wofo Temple, measuring 20 feet (6 meters) and dating to the 8th century  
  • Cross the Yunnan-Burma border, make your way to Mandalay and onward to explore more than 2000 Buddhist ruins in the ancient Kingdom of Bagan (9th-13th centuries)
XISHUANGBANNA ~ a unique tribal area with rain forests & nature reserves 
  • Meander through Sunday markets and trade with hill tribes clad in traditional costumes
  • Harvest Pu'er tea 
  • Cruise down the bamboo banks of the Mekong River to northern Thailand and continue to the charming town of Luang Prabang in Laos, set against a backdrop of French colonial ambiance

 

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