Dian-Zang Line | A Must-visit Destination on the Southern Silk Road (Part 1)

Translated into English, the answer is: Entering Tibet along National Highway 214 from Kunming is the famous "Southern Silk Road" Tea Horse Ancient Road. Compared to Baise, the Yunnan-Tibet Line has a long history, well-developed infrastructure, and lower difficulty for self-driving. Along the way, there are not only beautiful sceneries, but also various ancient road relics. If you want to experience the disappeared mule caravan culture, you should not miss this route!

Dianchi Lake

Dianchi Lake is the largest plateau freshwater lake in Yunnan, and it is a must-visit place in Kunming. The lake is shaped like a crescent moon and has clear water. Dianchi Lake is about a half-hour drive from the city center. The nearby Haigeng Dam is the best place to capture the beautiful scenery of Dianchi Lake. There is also a cable car nearby for a high-altitude view of the lake.
Green Lake Park is located in Kunming, Yunnan Province, China. It is called "Emerald Lake" because of its surrounding green water, bamboo in all seasons, willows in spring and summer. Before the Yuan Dynasty, when the water level of Dianchi Lake was high, it was a small lake bay outside the city, with rice fields, vegetable gardens, and lotus ponds, so it was called "Caihaizi" (literally "vegetable sea"). Because there are nine springs in the northeast, converging into a pond, it is also called "Jiulong Pond" (literally "Nine Dragon Pond"). In the early years of the Republic of China, it was transformed into a park, with willow trees planted throughout the park and various lotus flowers in the lake, thus earning the name "Emerald Lake."
The campus has both typical French-style buildings and the preserved imperial examination hall of the Ming and Qing dynasties, known as "Gongyuan". In addition, there is a famous avenue lined with ginkgo trees. Yunnan University is open to the public, allowing visitors to take photos and visit without purchasing tickets.

Stone Forest Scenic Area

The Stone Forest Scenic Area is a typical karst landform, with various stone peaks standing tall, making it quite spectacular.

Dongchuan Red Land Scenic Area

Located in a warm and humid environment, the iron in the soil gradually oxidizes and deposits, forming dazzling colors. Dongchuan Red Land refers to an area located in Xintian Township, about 40 kilometers southwest of Dongchuan District, Kunming City. This region, spanning nearly one hundred miles, is the most concentrated, typical, and distinctive red land on the Yunnan Red Earth Plateau.

Yuantong Temple

Yuantong Temple is located on Yuantong Street in downtown Kunming. It is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Kunming with over 1200 years of history. It is also the largest temple in Kunming. It was initially built during the Southwestern regime of the Tang Dynasty and was originally named Budaolo Temple. In the 5th year of the Yuan Dynasty (1301), Yuantong Temple was built and the Emperor of the Yuan Dynasty awarded it with a seal book.
The Dali Ancient City is the core area for tourism in the city. It has transformed the old streets into commercial areas, becoming a new destination for artistic and trendy individuals. Vehicles are allowed to pass through all areas of the ancient city except for the central pedestrian street. Overall, the layout of the ancient city's roads is in a grid pattern and the streets are well-maintained for easy walking.
It is the first large ancient Buddhist temple in the history of Dali, and it has become a major landmark in Dali due to its thousand-year history.