We’re so excited for this finalist prize,  a trip to Yunnan with airfare and 3 Nights at the Wild China Villa  courtesy of Mei Zhang, the dynamic founder of the award-winning sustainable travel company, WildChina, known for its unique, off-the-beaten-path adventures.  Yunnan is a very special place and its incredible Yunnan cuisine is a must-try.  Don’t miss the sought-after, delectable, locally cured Yunnan ham (akin to prosciutto), the local salt making and more, which you can read about in Mei’s fantastic book, Travels Through Dali with a Leg of Ham.

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To get your complimentary Travels Through Dali copy, simply donate $30 or more to Youth Voices , while supplies last!

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Per a recent Vogue Magazine piece, “Yunnan, in China’s southwest, has long captivated travelers—National Geographic accounts from the 1920s and 1930s inspired the Shangri-La of James Hilton’s novel Lost Horizon—for its unspoiled natural landscapes, distinct ethnic cultures, and singular cuisine, which shares elements with its neighbors: Myanmar, Laos, and Vietnam to the south, and Sichuan province and Tibet to the north. Even the name, which translates to “south of the clouds,” evokes a can-this-be-real beauty. Although restaurants specializing in the cuisine are popular in cities all over China, and the band Shanren achieved domestic renown preserving the musical traditions, Yunnan—and its food—is still mostly undiscovered in the U.S.

See more about Dali below.



The WildChina Dali Villa
This prize includes a 3-night stay in the WildChina Dali Villa, Mei Zhang’s private Yunnan residence located in the heart of her hometown. The villa is modern and minimalist in design and features 3 bedrooms, a living area, and a fully equipped kitchen. The WildChina Dali Residence is the perfect place to relax into the slower pace of life in Yunnan. If you don’t feel like cooking, the family ayi (who acts as a housekeeper and chef) can be on-hand to prepare regional specialities featuring fresh, local ingredients. Have a cup of tea, read a book (perhaps Mei’s own) on the porch, or bike to Erhai Lake while Cheng ayi cooks up a storm.
 
Terms and Conditions include:
  • This stay in  Dali Old Town. is valid for use before January 10th, 2019 and blackout dates apply for Chinese national holidays and peak seasons.
  • Please book your stay at least one month in advance. Booking is subject to availability

 PHOTOS FROM DALI

THE HOME:

DALI THREE PAGODAS:
CHENG AYI, DALI FARMING &  FOOD CULTURE