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The Bai is one of 25 ethnic minorities in Yunnan Province

Yunnan Province, China

China is where the Mekong begins, as the Langcangjiang or "turbulent river". Yunnan Province, in the southwestern part of the country, is a China few modern travelers have discovered. Its landscape ranges from snowy mountain to tropical rainforest. It has clear, pure lakes, forests of stone and 25 ethnic minorities who don't just dress for tourists but honor their traditions every day.

Kunming, Yunnan's capital city is quickly becoming a trade center for the region with new rail and air services to neighboring countries and beyond.


Jewels of the Mekong
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