|Day1||Arrive in Kunming||the Green Lake, Kunming City Tour|
|Day2||Kunming-Shilin-Jianshui||the Stone Forest, Jianshui Old Town||B,L|
|Day3||Jianshui-Yuanyang||Jianshui Confucius Temple, Zhu Family Garden, Shuanglong Bridge, Tuanshan Village, Zhang Family Garden||B,L|
|Day4||Yuanyang||Yuanyang Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields,Qingkou village||B,L|
|Day5||Yuanyang-Lvchun-Jiangcheng||Xinjie Town,Lvchun Hani Ethnic Culture Museum,Lixianjiang River Valley||B,L|
|Day6||Jiangcheng-Menglun-Mengla||Longfu Border,Jiangcheng Tea Plantation,Mantan Village,Chenzisanzhai Village||B,L|
|Day7||Mengla-Jinghong||Wangtianshu Scenic Area,Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden,||B,L|
|Day8||Jinghong||Ganlanba Morning Market,Dai Ethnic Garden,Mengle Temple||B,L|
|Day9||Jinghong-Daluo-Menghai-Jinghong||Daluo Border ,Mengjinglai Dai ethnic village,Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion||B,L|
|Day10||Departure from Jinghong||Departure from Jinghong||B|
|Activities||the Green Lake, Kunming City Tour|
You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.
If time permits, you will have a Kunming city tour to visit the Flowers and Birds Market in the downtown of Kunming. You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings.
--Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233ft) above sea level and 25° north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
|Activities||the Stone Forest, Jianshui Old Town|
Distance: Kunming-90KM-Kunming-200KM-Jianshui/5hours Driving
You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: 'It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming', which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. And then, you'll drive around 4 hours to Jiangshui.
After arriving Jianshui, you'll visit the Old Jianshui City and the Chaoyang Gateway Tour, which was built in Ming Dynasty (1389). It is also known as 'Miniature Tian'an men' because the out shape of it is similar to Tian'anmen Square in Beijing. Visit a typical southern private garden-the Garden of Family Zhu.
--Jianshui is a small town in Honghe prefecture, in the southern part of Yunnan. It is on the road Kunimg to the famous Yuanyang rice terraces, most of the travellers stay one night here to enjoy the atmophere of an ancient Chinese town. There are numerous buildings of historic value and places of interest in this area, including over 100 temples ,academies of classical learning and large residences .There are still kept in good condition, including the Chaoyang Gateway Arch, the Jianshui Confucius Temple, the Zhilin Temple, Shuanglong Bridge, the Private Garden of the Zhu Family and the Ancient Nalou office Building.
In addition ,within the territory of Jianshui ,there is beautiful natural scenery like Swallow Cave. which is famous for its grand scene "thousands of swallows gathering in a cave", in 1994 the state Council approved that Jianshui should be listed among the third group of state scenic regions, and the ancient Jianshui City is one of the state historic and cultural cities.
|Activities||Jianshui Confucius Temple, Zhu Family Garden, Shuanglong Bridge, Tuanshan Village, Zhang Family Garden|
Distance: Jianshui-140KM-Yuanyang/3hours Driving
In the morning, visit the Confucius Temple, which has a history of 700 years. It is the second largest Confucius Temple in China. Then you'll visit Tuanshan Village and the Garden of Family Zhang; Tuanshan Village is a rare surviving example of an intact-albeit neglected-traditional walled Yunnan village compound in southwestern China, and has been added to the 2005 list of internationally significant sites by the World Memorial Fund for Architecture (WMF), an international fund for the protection of world heritage sites.
In the afternoon, you will transfer to Yuanyang and enjoy the sight of terraced fields of Laohuzui (Tiger Mouth) at sunset. Overnight at Mengnong Chieftain Palace
--Yuanyang is about 300km south of Kunming, renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world's largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The rice farmers have had to practice ecology and land preservation centuries before those concepts were widely accepted around the world. Without hard work maintaining the terrace walls and irrigation system, the precious top soil would wash down the hillsides into the rivers.
Yuanyang Rice Terrace is a self sustaining ecosystem. During winter to early spring, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to rejuvenate and getting prepared for the next season. The Hani people have repeated this for more than a thousand years. There is only one harvest in a year for the Yuanyang Rice Terrace; planting is from March to Oct./Nov. every year.
|Activities||Yuanyang Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields,Qingkou village|
Distance: Xinjiezhen-20KM-Duoyishu-20KM-Laohuzui-20KM-Xinjiezhen/1.5hours Driving
Get up every early in the morning, you’ll drive 30KM to visit Duoyishu Village and enjoy the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. The terraced fields are ring upon ring and cascade one by one. They go along the hillside up to the sky. You will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular.
And then, you will visit Qingkou Village and rice terraces where Hani people for generations inhabit. Visit Bada Hani Rice Terrace, Shengcun Market as well. You will enjoy the sunset of Laohuzui Rice Terraces in the late afternoon in Panzhihua Town.
Transfer back to Xinjie Town.
|Activities||Xinjie Town,Lvchun Hani Ethnic Culture Museum,Lixianjiang River Valley|
Distance: Xinjiezhen-120KM-Lvchun-160KM-Jiangcheng/7hours Driving
After breakfast, visit the local market in Xinjie Town. Depart from Xinjie Town,drive around 2 hours to Laomeng, if you are lucky enough, you will have chance to enjoy the Laomeng Sunday Market. Laomeng holds the most flamboyant market every Sunday. One can see people from six different ethnic minorities, with women and children dressing up in colourful dresses, different in their own traditional style.
Continue the driving along the banana forest and some rice terraces, you arrive at Lvchun County. Lvchun county, on the south western border of Yunnan Provice, China, just like its name, is a land where the green mountains spread out like a ribbon, the azure water always flows, the winter isn’t too cold, and the summer isn’t too hot.
Pay a visit Lvchun Local Market and Lvchun Hani Ethnic Culture Museum. The main cultural legacy of the worldwide Hani people over several thousand years of development is its unique immaterial culture. Therefore, this museum, in accordance with current advanced theory, has discarded the model of a traditional museum which simply displays a collection of implements, and adopted a model of bringing together local characteristics and the worldwide Hani culture.
After lunch, drive along the Lixianjiang River Valley to Jiangcheng Hani and Yi Autonomous County. Visit Lixianjiang River Valley, Hani ethnic villages, rice terraces on the way.
|Activities||Longfu Border,Jiangcheng Tea Plantation,Mantan Village,Chenzisanzhai Village|
Distance: Jiangcheng-60KM-Qushui Town-60KM-Jiangcheng-60KM-Zhengdong-170KM-Mengla/7hours Driving
Jiangcheng Hani and Yi Autonomous County is an autonomous county under the jurisdiction of Pu'er City, in southern Yunnan, China, bordering Laos and Vietnam to the south, making it the only county in the province to border more than one country. By road, its seat, the town of Menglie (勐烈镇), is 520 km (320 mi) from Kunming and 145 km (90 mi) from Simao District, the municipal seat of Pu'er.
Drive 1hour to Qushui Town and visit Longfu Border between China,Vietnam and Laos including Monument of One Foot in Three Countries, Triple-border Boundary Tablet,Longfu Border Market (3th,13th,23th). Longfu Border, located in Shiceng Dashan Mountain (Ten Layers Mountain), is famous for the Place Straddling the border of China, Vietnam and Laos.
Drive back to Jiangcheng, visit Jiangcheng Tea Plantation.
Drive to Zhengdong Town, 60KM from Jiangcheng County. Visit Mantan Village and Chenzisanzhai Village of Dai Minority.
Mantan Village(漫滩傣族村) is a traditional village with Dai people's characteristics. Dai people has lived there since the Emperor Yongzheng(雍正) of Qing Dynasty(1636 A.D-1912 A.D.). Up to now, Dai people have occupied 95% percent of the population in the village.
Well-reserved natural environment and ethnic dwellings make the village beautiful and quiet. No garbage can be seen when strolling along the roads in the village.
Chenzisanzhai Village(城子三寨村): a unique village with exotic flavors
About 8 kilometers away from Mantan Village sits the Chengzisanzhai Village. It is a small yet ancient village where Dai people have lived there for generations. Traditional customs of Dai people are intactly reserved in the village. Exquisite traditional houses of Dai people can be seen everywhere.
The village borders to Laos and Vietnam. Its unique geographical location contributes to Dai people's close communication with Southeast Asian countries. Nowadays, local Dai residents still keep the custom of intermarriage with the Lao and the Vietnamese, which endows an kind of exotic flavor to the village.
Drive to Mengla County for overnight.
|Activities||Wangtianshu Scenic Area,Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden,|
Distance: Mengla-20KM-Wangtianshu-80KM-Menglun-60KM-Jinghong/4hours Driving
Visit Wangtianshu Scenic Area, which is the only oasis at 21 degrees north latitude, and has been recognized internationally as China's unique tropical rainforest. Then walk in the Air Corridor (only the first entrance tickets of Wangtianshu Scenic Area and Air Corridor are included).
Drive to Menglun and take a tour of the Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden. As the home to many rare flora and endangered fauna, Xishuangbanna is an excellent place to take in the unique beauty of sub-tropical nature and biodiversity in China. Take a visit to the Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden and observe beautiful flowers, shrubbery, and trees in the spacious garden. If you go early enough in the morning, you can see the sunrise cast a dreamy golden glow over the garden.
Drive to Jinghong City for overnight.
|Activities||Ganlanba Morning Market,Dai Ethnic Garden,Mengle Temple|
Distance: Jinghong-35KM-Dai Ethnic Garden-35KM-Jinghong/1.5hours Driving
Take one day tour to Ganlanba Morning Market,Dai Ethnic Garden,Dai Ethnic Garden,Mengle Temple.
In the morning visit Ganlanba Morning Market, water Dai villages, Burmese temple and rubber garden on the way. Visit Dai Ethnic Garden, located in the Ganlan Basin in Menghan County, proudly holds a national 4A rating as one of China's top scenic spots. Within the Dai Ethnic Garden, five Dai villages - Manjiang, Manchunman, Manting, ManZha, and Manga - cover an area of 3.36 square kilometers and consist of 309 families, or 1487 individual villagers.
Transfer back to Jinghong in the afternoon and pay a visit Mengle Temple. Mengle Great Buddha Temple was built to memorize a beautiful Dai Minority queen who was a pious Buddhist during Ming dynasty (1368-1644), which was destroyed during a war in 1848 and what we see today was rebuilt in 2007. Notable for its peculiar shape which resembles a sitting Buddha, Mengle Great Buddha Temple, the largest Theravada Buddhist temple in China, is the most sacred and important religion site of Dai people.
Visit Manting Park which is a modern park that measures about 30 acres in Jinghong in Xishuangbanna. It has a large new Buddhist temple called Zongfo Si. There is a display of ethnic architecture, and people entertain themselves by water fights during the Dai Water Splashing Festival each year. Entertainment is presented in the evening.
|Activities||Daluo Border ,Mengjinglai Dai ethnic village,Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion|
Distance: Jinghong-120KM-Daluo-70KM-Jinghong/4hours Driving
Transfer to Daluo Town, visit Daluo Border between Myanmar and China, Daluo town is located in southwest of Menghai County. The southeast is Bulangshan Mountain, the southwest and west are bordering on the Myanmar with the national boundary of 36.5 kilometers.With a total area of 400 square kilometers and superior geographical advantage, and being 81 kilometers away from Menghai County, Daluo is an important port in Yunnan province.
Visit Mengjinglai Dai ethnic village. Mengjinglai is the most outstanding China-Myanmar village. It’s located in the southwest of Xishuangbanna, Menghai Town. The crystal clear Daluo River flows from the west of the village forms the natural borders for both countries. Mengjinglai is a very typical traditional Dai ethnic village. The villagers here and the Shan ethnic from Myanmar have a good relationship through inter ethnic marriage and they form a rare Dai-Shan ethnic in this area. It’s a strong Buddhist foothold with much common view of sacred trees, pagodas, holy spring, temples which make you feel a solemn Buddhist culture here.
Visit One Tree Forest. Some aerial roots will grow from the trunk of the big banyan tree to whose base they would twine. Through the branches of the banyan tree breaks 32 aerial roots that are hanging down into the earth to be an aerial roots jungle. These straight aerial roots stand in lines like the soldiers who protect their motherland at the frontier, which makes people respectful. Therefore, the One-Tree-Forest scenery in Da Luo town is indispensable for the tourists to Xishuangbanna.
Drive to Menghai County, pay a visit to Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion. Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion was built in 1701 during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) -- the year 1063 according to the Dai calendar. It was originally built in a local Hinayana temple, but the temple was destroyed. The pavilion has retained its former features following three large-scale repairs.
Transfer back to Jinghong.
|Activities||Departure from Jinghong|
Departure from Jinghong
|Group Size||Hostel||Using Economy Hotel
|Using Comfortable Hotel
|Using Deluxe Hotel
|Group Size||Hostel||Using Economy Hotel
|Using Comfortable Hotel
|Using Deluxe Hotel
|Kunming||Home Inn||Camellia Hotel||New Era Hotel||Grand Park Hotel|
- All land transfer and transportation;
- Luggage transfers between airport and hotels;
- Accommodation with breakfast as listed;
- Meals as the itinerary listed;
- Entrance fees as listed in the program;
- Skilled driver & Experienced English-speaking guide;
- Train Tickets/International Flight Tickets;
- Domestic Flights (Flights tickets from Kunming to Dali,departure from Shangri-la )
- Single room supplement;
- Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
- Any optional programs/activities;
- Chinese visa fees;
- Personal Consumption;
- Tips (150CNY/day to Guide; 100CNY/day to Driver);
The hotel/cruise accommodation is based on two persons sharing one standard twin room/cabin with private facilities in all relevant locations. If a single client requests a twin room/cabin alone, the single room/cabin supplement will be charged.
For the land tour in each city, daily American breakfast is served in the hotel, and Chinese lunch and/or dinner will be served with two cups of soft drink outside the hotel. All meal arrangements are served as the itinerary specifies.
On the cruise daily American breakfast, lunch and dinner are served. The beverage arrangements are subject to policies.
Optional Special Experience Extra:
Kunming typical food:
Yunnan Flavouring food with Crossing Bridge Rice Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken/Qiguoji. Yunnan dishes are moderately salty and spicy. To 'do in Rome as the Romans do', try the food specialties in Kunming. The unique delicacies from Kunming are famous throughout China; especially the fresh wild mushrooms. There is an edible wild mushroom family of over 200 varieties in Kunming, the tastes of which remain in mind.
Dali Butterfly''s Dream
Butterfly’s Dream is a large-scale show of song and dance which costs tens of million yuan in its choreography. The stage, lighting, costume and video were designed by China National Song &Dance Troupe and some famous national-level designers.
Impression Lijiang Ethnic Show
Impression Lijiang is a magnificent outdoor singing and dancing performance demonstrating the tradition and lifestyle of the local ethnic people. It is another creation of famous Chinese director Zhang Yimou. The show is innovatively staged in the morning and afternoon, at 3,100 meters (10,100 feet) above sea level with Jade Snow Mountain as the breathtaking backdrop.
Lijiang Naxi Ancient Orchestral
Naxi Ancient Music is the oldest mode of music in China, first created by the ancient Naxi people in the 14th century and is reputed as a National Treasure. It combines Taoist rites, Confucian ceremony, and literary lyrics, poetic topics and musical tones of the Tang, Song and Yuan Dynasties.
Lijiang Lishui Jinsha Grand Performance
Lishui Jinsha grand performance is staged in Lijiang, an ancient tourist resort in southwest Chinas Yunnan Province, July 28, 2009. The Lishui Jinsha grand performance has been put on stage for about 5,000 times since May 2002 and more than 2 million people have watched the performance.
Naxi Impression Show
The performances of Naxi Impression Show in Baisha Old Town are very popular due to the grandeur of the scenes, intriguing themes and excellent production. The most famous show is the Mountain and River Show - a live theatre production which showcases the daily life, customs and fairy tales of the Naxi people. There are several other wonderful shows held here everyday at 3:00pm.
Naxi Ancient Orchestral Music in Baisha Holiday Resort
Opened on October 1st,2012,Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang is the best hotel in Baisha Old Town.Baisha Holiday Resort Lijiang organized the local old musicians to hold the performance in the hotel everyday.Naxi Ancient music is a combination of Naxi minority ethnic group and Han minority ethnic group which is affected by Confucian and Taoism culture. Naxi Ancient music is composed of Baisha Orchestral Music (白沙细乐), Dongjing Music (洞经音乐) and Huangjing Music (皇经音乐) which combining religious rites music in Taoism, ceremony music of Confucian, poetry writing of Tang, Song Yuan Dynasty and Qupai Tune Music(曲牌音乐) into its own music style.
Shangrila Tibetan Home-made
Start around 8:00 PM in the local family of Tibetan in Shangrila, they provide bonfire party and Tibetan local performance as well as the local snack with Tibetan buttered oil tea and yak meat. As if the fetching dances, clear and characteristic singing of the performers and powerful drum beats were not enough, ghee tea and qingke spirits (made from highland barley) were brought to the table by the graceful performers.
Dream Shangrila Tibetan Performance
Dream Shangrila Tibetan Performance was presented by a folk dance troupe from Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. Around 60 dancers and singers took part in the performance. Through classical dance, traditional folk songs and music, the performances, in five parts, showed off the culture, religion and history of the Tibetan people.
Dynamic Yunnan Ecological Song and Dance
The large-scale dance drama "Dynamic Yunnan" has been an outstanding innovation on the Chinese stage in recent years. Dynamically incorporating traditional beauty and modern flavors with a reintegration of the most original and rustic dance elements of Yunnan, the programme breathes new life into Yunnan culture.
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