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Yunnan Province | Population: 1,408,000
At the mouth of the Pearl River in China lies a surprisingly well-developed metropolitan city of Qujing. This prefecture-level city is located in the Yunnan Province and is a major business center and trading route. On the outskirts of the city, the Wumeng Shan or Wumeng Mountains stretch over a long distance, providing the highly urbanized city with lush greenery. This region is very scenic because two major rivers flow through the valleys, namely the mighty Yangtze River and the Zhujiang River. With a large number of inbound tourists, the city has evolved into a wonderful holiday destination over the last few years.
As way back as 221 BC and onwards, the city of Qujing was an important roadway for goods passing through South China. During the Qin and Han Dynasties, the Five-Chin Road was a popular path traversed by traders. Later, during the Western Jin Dynasty reign, the city became a seat of economic, political, transportation, and cultural center.
Today’s Qujing is a city filled with skyscrapers, five-star hotels, recreational centers, amusement parks, bars, clubs, lounges, shopping malls, etc. These premises exist alongside the old-style markets with little kiosks selling souvenirs and delicious local snacks.
The Rape Flower Tourism Festival celebrated each year on the 21st of February is the highlight of Qujing City. The Jinji Peak that lies in the northeast of Luoping County under Qujing City jurisdiction is the perfect vantage point for seeing the breathtaking view and clicking photographs of the seemingly endless carpet of bright yellow flowers growing naturally in the region.
Jiulong Waterfalls (Nine Dragon) is a must-see attraction that belongs to the six more spectacular waterfalls in China. It has ten cascades spread over a large area of 4Kms and a fall of 100 meters till it joins the Jiulong River. There are viewing platforms from where the full beauty of the waterfall can be admired.
It would be sacrilege to leave the region without seeing the Lubuge Mini Three Gorges. This scenic area consists of the Lion Gorge, Two-Elephants Gorge, and the Drop Gorge. Together, they have fascinating landscapes that have unusual names like the “Hanging Bamboo Shoots in the Dragon’s Palace” and “Dressing and Making-up Beauty”. A boat ride on the Gorge Lake is the best way to enjoy the pristine scenery. The scenic spot is very peaceful and has an un-spoilt look, far different from the bustle of urban cities.
Other attractions within close range of Qujing City are the Duoyi River Scenic Area, Beipanjiang Bridge, Buyi Stockaded Village, Cuan Bao Zi Stele (of 405 AD), Haifeng Wetland, and the famous Alliance Stele of the 37 Tribes.
Food and Dining
The local cuisine of Qujing City is typical of the Yunnan Province. The most common ingredients used in their dishes are the Rushan and Rubing cheeses made by the local Bai ethnic minority group. Some of the dishes also have the flavors of Tibet and India, probably influenced by its geographical proximity to these regions.
The signature dish of Qujing City that has been popular since the Ming Dynasty reign is the Xuanwei Ham. Other specialties are the Qujing leeks, Luliang dried salted duck, Zhanyi spicy chicken, Qujing pickled chives flower, banana flower, Erkuai rice cakes, etc.
Where To Stay
With the number of inbound domestic and overseas tourists increasing each year, the city of Qujing has developed into a popular holiday destination. The city has a wide range of choices where accommodation is concerned. One can choose from luxurious 3, 4, and 5-star hotels with countless amenities to mid-range hotels, low-budget hotels, cheap guesthouses, lodges, and youth hostels. The star-rated hotels usually have in-house restaurants where western-style gourmet meals are served along with traditional Chinese dishes. Some of the hotels also arrange for customized sightseeing tours, especially during the Rape Flower Festival.