Long overdue for an update, I've decided to present my recent travels in Yunnan in the form of a rough guide that other travelers can emulate or at the very least use for insight in addition to the other guidebooks.
Kunming is Yunnan's capital and largest city. If you are a fan of Spring then you may want to move here, as the weather is pretty mild year round. It is very much the modern city and those travelers missing their McDonald's and Starbucks will be happy to find these corporate giants here along with Walmart. Many backpackers we spoke to hated Kunming and were in a rush to escape. Daphne and I, however, found ourselves loving the place. It was clean, quiet, people drove electric bikes, and food was was very good and cheap.