Yunnan Province, located in Southwest China, stands distinctly apart from other regions of China. Within this single province—unmatched in the complexity and scope of its history, landscape and peoples—you will find a mix of geography, climates and nationalities that elsewhere it would take an entire continent to express. Yunnan, which translates to “South of the Clouds,” was traversed by the fabled Tea Horse Road, an important trading network that rivaled the importance of the Silk Road. Home to almost half of China’s 54 minority groups, Yunnan offers a wide range of traditional culture, arts and dress.
This trip coincides with the inaugural Denver-Kunming Art Exchange which kicks off November 2, 2018, with an opening reception at a Kunming gallery. The exhibit’s theme of “Women Artists of the American West” will feature acrylic paintings by women artists from the Denver-Boulder Metro area. Artists from Kunming will exhibit in Denver the following year.
Beginning with several days exploring beautiful, cosmopolitan Kunming (the “City of Eternal Spring”) and enjoying the Art Exchange festivities, this guided 12-day trip will take you to several cities and towns in Yunnan, including the ancient independent Kingdom of Dali and the magical Shaxi and Xizhou towns. You will meet with local artists and members of the Yi, Bai, Lisu and other ethnic minority groups. Learn about their traditional arts of textile dyeing, weaving, embroidery, wood carving, painting, dance, music, and cooking in select villages and explore art galleries and local attractions during your journey. You will also visit a tea plantation, enjoy pristine scenery with backdrops such as Erhai Lake, and have many opportunities to sample the wonderful local cuisines. Denver Sister City tours are known for providing travellers with unique experiences, and this off- the-beaten-path tour is bound to be one you will never forget!