The Puzhehei Scenic Area is 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) northwest of Qiubei County Town, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Minorities Autonomous Prefecture. As a typical karst landscape, the scenic area abounds in beautiful waters and green mountains which are very similar to and even prettier than those in Guilin. Therefore, Puzhehei is praised as being ‘a unique pastoral scene in China’.
'Puzhehei’ in the Yi language, means ‘a pond teeming with fish and shrimp. With an area of 165 square kilometers (40,772 acres), the scenic area mostly consists of clusters of limestone peaks, karst caves and natural lakes.
Where to stay
Accommodation: There are four hotels and countless hostels in the Immortal Cave Village.
Tourists can choose to lodge at the seat of the Qiubei County or to stay at the Puzhehei Resort where the price is slightly higher.
Opening Hours: 7:30-17:30
Ticket: CNY 200 (including admission fee and boat fee)
How to get
You can take regular long distance buses at the bus station of Kunming heading for the seat of Qiubei County. The ticket costs 45 yuan in day time and 65 yuan at night. The distance is 275 kilometers. Driving time is about 4 hours to Qiubei. From Qiubei you can catch a minibus or taxi to Puzhehei. Costs range from 45 Yuan to 65 Yuan. You get off at the crossing near the Puzhehei Scenic Region and take a cab to reach the Xianrendong Village 3 kilometers' away.
Puzhehei can be reached from Kunming by either of two methods.
From Kunming, travel to Qiubei County first, and then change to Qiubei County buses to reach Puzhehei. Many buses to Qiubei County can be found at the Kunming East Bus Station. The bus takes about 5 hours to reach Qiubei. Upon reaching the Qiubei Bus Terminal, take the Special-line Tourist Buses to get to the Puzhehei Scenic Area. The bus on this line is available from 07:00 to 16:30 and the trip takes 30 to 40 minutes. For the return trip to Qiubei County, the buses operate from 07:30 to 17:30.
You can fly from Kunming to Wenshan Puzhehei Airport first and then take a taxi to the scenic spot. There are daily flights, and the travel time is 50 minutes.
When to visit
The best season there is from May to September, especially in July and August when the lotus flowers blossom. Don't forget to carry your swimming suit. It is best to visit the Puzhehei Scenic Area from May to September, and especially in July and August. At that time, the lotus flowers are in full blossom. Besides, the local “Painted Face Festival” (Hualian Festival), the local busiest and happiest time, usually falls around July 18 and usually lasts for about one month.The temperature difference between day and night is large, so heavy coats are necessary. Also, bring a rain coat, sun helmet, sunglasses, sun cream and flashlight.
Banks:There are neither banks nor ATMs in the scenic spot, so bring some small denomination cash.
water fighting game:Once reaching Puzhehei, the fantastic water fighting game cannot be missed. If you want to participate, you'll need a plastic barrel, a one-off rain coat and a water gun. Also, cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices should be protected during the game.
Admission Fee: CNY 200 (including the entrance fee for the scenic spot and the boat ticket)
How to fit in
It’s easier to get around inWenshan city if you know some basic Mandarin, especially when ordering food, but there are a number of important points of business etiquette to remember too. Confucianism, with its attention to demeanour, harmony, and preservation of “face,” plays a central role. Meetings always begin with a handshake. Give a slight nod and don’t be too vigorous when shaking hands, it could come across as being aggressive. Stay away from physical contact after this, including pats on the arm. If a host is guiding you they may tug your sleeve.Have business cards translated on one side. It is considered fortuitous if they are printed in gold ink. Be sure to place received cards in a case rather than your pocket. Avoid humour since jokes may not come across as you intend. Gift etiquette and negotiations can be complex, so it’s best to read more deeply about them.
How to pay
All transactions are made in Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY). The currency is used throughout the country and available at any ATM. C$1 is worth about ¥5.6 CNY. Frequently used bank notes are: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥20, ¥50, ¥100.
If you love photography, this wonderful scenic spot is a paradise for you. Bring a high quality camera.
Puzhehei self-driving tour tips 普者黑自驾游
Kunming-Luxi(Ancient Alu Caves)-Milei(Jinping mountain( Giant Buddha )-Qiubei(Puzhehei)-GUangnam(Bamei)-Baise(Chengbi lake and memorial hall)- Xingyi(Wanfeng Forest,Wanfeng lake)-Luoping(Jiulong waterfall and Duoyi river)-Shizong (phoenix Valley ,Yingwu mountain)-Kunming.
Nangning-Baise(Chengbi lake and memorial hall)- Xingyi(Wanfeng Forest,Wanfeng lake)- Luoping(Jiulong waterfall and Duoyi river)- Shizong (phoenix Valley ,Yingwu mountain)- Luxi(Ancient Alu Caves)-Milei(Jinpingmountain( Giant Buddha )-Qiubei(Puzhehei)-Guangnam(Bamei)-Nanning.
Guiyabg- Xingyi(Wanfeng Forest,Wanfeng lake)- Luoping(Jiulong waterfall and Duoyi river)- hizong (phoenix Valley ,Yingwu mountain)- Luxi(Ancient Alu Caves)-- -Milei(Jinpingmountain( Giant Buddha )- Qiubei(Puzhehei)- Guangnam(Bamei- Baise(Chengbi lake and memorial hall)- Xingyi(Wanfeng Forest,Wanfeng lake)-Guiyang.
Recommended tour route:
The Louts Flower Pood-The Ecological &Cultural Sanni village--The Wharf-Boating on the lake--the Cave of the Immortal
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