Yunnan is the most culturally and naturally diverse province of China.
It homes 25 distinct ethnic minorities and majority of Chinese flora and fauna. This diversity is especially pronounced in the north-western part of Yunnan, where we operate. We focus on areas of extreme richness and particular need of support for conservation and community development.
Laojun Mountains
A true battlefield of hertage conservation and sustainable development that encompasses the
Three Parallel Rivers UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site, Laojun Mountain National Park,
Liming Geological Park, Xinzhu Botanical Garden and 99 Dragon Ponds Protected Area. A real treat.
Laojun Mountains sit between the upper reaches
of the mighty rivers, the Yangtze and the Mekong. It is a home to an immense diversity of flora and
fauna lurking in its temperate rainforests, flowery
meadows, pristine lakes, dark ravines,
rhododendron forests and alpine shrublands.
It is a place of rich and diverse cultures. Lisu, Naxi,
Bai, Yi, Pumi and Tibetan ethnic minorities coexist
peacefully here and continue to uphold their
distinctive traditional features in their cuisines,
embroideries, music, dance, architecture,
customs and festivals.
Wenhai Wetlands
A quiet refuge for migratory birds, a protected nature reserve and a RAMSAR Wetland of
International Importance. A local community devoted to conserving their culture and nature.
Small, tucked away, alpine wetland surrounded by
colorful meadows, grazing yaks, chirping birds,
peaceful villages and deep valleys stretching up
towards the intimidating, snow-capped, rocky
peaks of the Jade Dragon Mountain.
A perfect place to wander around and immerse in
the village life of Naxi and Yi people who call this
place home. Can’t ask for a more authentic
Lijiang Valley
Boasting three separate UNESCO World Heritage titles. The Three Parallel Rivers Natural Heritage, the Old Town of Lijiang Cultural Heritage and the Dongba Manuscripts Memorial Heritage.
There’s a lot to unpack here.
From lakes, through grasslands, passing Snake,
Elephant and Lion hills all the way to Jade Dragon
Snow Mountain, the natural landscapes of Lijiang
Valley will astonish.
As an important trading hub for the ancient Tea and
Horse Road, Lijiang Valley has long been the meeting
point of remote cultures. It’s not only the center of
Naxi people and their Dongba culture, but also a
vibrant melting pot of over 10 other ethnic minorities
that coinhabit this area.
Lashi Wetlands
Protected Nature Reserve and a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance. A major migratory
bird sanctuary with a wildlife rescue station, migratory bird conservation center and well-equipped
bird watching platforms.
One of the best bird-watching destinations in
North-west Yunnan. A vast wetland surrounded by
meadows, grasslands, villages, forests and hills.
Every year, over 50 species of birds from across
the globe flock here to spend winter.
The surroundings of Lashi wetland are inhabited by
two main ethnic groups, the Naxi and the Yi. It is also
an important site for Tibetan Lamaism that concentrates
around the sacred, Buddhist temple of Zhiyun.
Baima Mountains
Part of the Three Parallel Rivers UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site that encompasses the
Baima Snow Mountain Nature Reserve, The Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkey National Park as well as
a Wildlife Rescue Station and a Wildlife Conservation Exhibition Center.
Home to the biggest remaining population of the
endangered Yunnan Snub-nosed Monkeys and
a plethora of other rare animals and plants. A real
treat for all true biodiversity enthusiasts.
Baima Mountains stretch across the Deqen Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture and Weixi Lisu Minority
Autonomous County. If you’re into diverse cultures,
you’ll find plenty of it here.