Budget guide: 6 things to do in Yunnan, China

Head to the East Bus Station in Kunming. Once there, board the bus bound for Stone Forest. This bus has its own counters, with tickets costing RMB 68 round-trip. There is an entrance fee of RMB175 per person and you have the option to ride the electric car for a fee of RMB25.


If you want to visit all these places in one trip, expect to spend around P1,600 per day, excluding flights.

The biggest expense you will incur is for transportation moving from one city and attraction to the next, and entrance fees. For example, the overnight bus from Kunming to Shangri-La is approximately P1,500 one-way, and the bus from Dali back to Kunming is around P400 one-way.

You also have to take shared vans or buses to get to attractions, which add to your expenses. Thankfully, the places I've been to in Yunnan (Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-La) have an efficient bus system that costs around RMB1 to RMB2 per trip (approximately P7 to P8) no matter how far your stop is.

Accommodation in hostel dorms is relatively cheap at around P250 to P300 a night. Hostels (the ones I stayed at) have no air conditioning, but I didn't think it was necessary, since it was cold at night and these places are high up in the mountains.

LOCAL LIFE. Stay in one of the local guesthouses along the trail owned by the Naxis.

LOCAL LIFE. Stay in one of the local guesthouses along the trail owned by the Naxis.

Food and drinks will cost you around P300 to P400 per day, depending on where you eat. You can lower costs if you eat at roadside restaurants and away from touristy areas. – Rappler.com

Joshua Berida is a full-time writer, part-time wanderer with insatiable wanderlust. He plans his next trip during a current one. He plans on exploring the Philippines and beyond. Read about his adventures on thewanderingjuan.net.