Although generally speaking Yunnan Province is in a mountainous
region, it still boasts modern air traffic facilities. Kunming,
the provincial capital, is the transportation hub of the province,
with direct flights to and from major cities, such as Shanghai
(2 and a half hours), Beijing (3 hours), Guangzhou, Shenzhen
and Zhuhai (all around 1 and a half hours), Chengdu (1 hour),
Haikou (2 hours) and Hong Kong (2 hours).
Dali, Xishuangbanna, and Lijiang all have
air connections with cities in other provinces. There are
also flights available within the province.
For those traveling to or from southeast
Asia, there are numerous flights from Bangkok, Rangoon, Kuala
Lumpur and Singapore to Yunnan.
Apart from by air, Yunnan is also easily accessible by train.
The biggest train terminal here is Kunming. There are trains
to and from Chengdu, Guiyang or Nanning and on to various
cities throughout the country. There is also an international
train for Vietnam.
Within Yunnan, some of the tourist destinations
are also linked with railway, for instance, Dali and the Stone
forest are both reachable with train.
Within the province itself, the best way to travel to all
destinations is by bus. Yunnan has a well established public
transportation system. Some express buses are also available
linking the major tourist destinations such as Dali, Lijiang,