Orientis - Peking duck (1)Kunming Countryside –  A Spring Paradise for Families

Kunming, tucked away in Yunnan province close to the Vietnamese border, is a tropical paradise in its own right. The city and its surrounding countryside is a hotspot for national travellers, but it and some of its impressive natural attractions are still relatively unknown to the rest of the world. Lets take a look at some of the highlights of this uniquely beautiful area, and see how families seeking the rarest and most memorably exotic landscapes might feel right at home here.

Yuan Yang Rice Terraces

The Yuan Yan Rice terraces stretch back to around 2,500 years ago, when the Hani people originally confronted the problem of growing and harvesting rice of the difficult and hilly terrain. The ingenuity of developing fertile land on jagged mountainous slopes created a solution which not only eventually spread through China, but also had the added side effect of creating a magnificent landscape which people travel from far and wide in order to witness. The terraces stretch for over 28,000, and is a grand vision to get lost in for those families wanting to explore some of natures greatest landscapes.

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The Canola, another word for rapeseed, is grown across the fields surrounding Kunming to produce cooking oil. However, again a practical solution results in a visual masterpiece, because in Spring when the flowers bloom in their electric yellow, the entire landscape is lit up in the luminous colour for as far as the eye can see. The fields create a sea of yellow which spreads for miles, and weaves in and out of the rolling mountains which dot the landscape. The fi9273418_mlelds are a rare sight as well as an operation running agricultural clockwork in order to utilise this speckled terrain to produce this most important seed. Families here can get lost in a display of colour which stretches for miles.

So there are just two of many of the natural beauties which surrounding Kunming offers. Epic landscapes which come alive in the spring and take a family getaway to a whole new level.