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Bamei Travel Tips

The idyllic Zhuang village of Bamei is located about 40km north-west of Guangnan in the south-eastern part of the Yunnan Province. The magnificent landscape around Bamei can be compared with the impressive and famous Karst landscape of Yangshuo in the Guangxi province. It seems that over hundreds of years the secluded village of Bamei was forgotten by the outside world.

Location: Bamei Village, Ake Township, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Kunming, Yunnan
History: Since Song dynasty (960-1279)

Type:off the Beaten Track

Climate: tropical plateau climate, pleasant weather all year around, and summer is the rainy season

Useful Numbers

Consumer Complaint: 12315

Tourist Complaint: 0883-64608315

Telephone Number Inquiry: 114 
Weather Forecast: 121

Fire: 119

Police: 110

Ambulance: 120

What to noice

In Chinese: Bamei

Population:  600 persons (by the end   of 2004;)

Nationalities: zhuang(壮)Dai(傣),Jingpo(傈僳),Miao(苗),Deang(德昂),Bai(白),Lahu(拉祜),Bulang(布朗),Han(汉)

Administrative Division Code : 530924

Post Code :663300

Phone Area Code :0876

How get to there 

Kunming to Guangnan County:462km

Guangnan to Bamei Village: 43km (road condition: earth road. Kind of bumpy). From Tangna Village to Bamei Village, it takes around 2.5km’s hiking, you have better wear comfortable flats. 


You can take sleeping buses in the Kunming Passenger Transportation Station to Guangnan County. The 462-kilometer travel will cost you 104 yuan per person. Then you take minibuses at the Guangnan Passenger Transportation Station to the Bamei Village which is 43 kilometers away from the county seat of Guangnan. The price is 11 yuan per person, and the travel will take you only 2 hours.

1) The regular sleeping bus departs at 19:00 and 19:30. The ticket fare is around CNY 149. The whole journey from Kunming to Guangnan takes about 7 to 9 hours.

2) The ticket fare for No.3 bus is around CNY 8. It takes about one hour to reach Bamei Village.

Recommended Accommodation: For those who want to enjoy local life, living with a local family is a good choice and the farm stay including :Under the Banyan(大榕树下),Fuliang farm yard(、福亮农家),Green Island (、绿满岛)and so on .But the condition might be quite rough because of the absence of electricity. You can also leave Bamei and stay Guangnan, the best hotel is Teanna club(特安呐会所)in the county. Also stay in a local villager’s home for the night, or bring a tent and some food. Eating here is very cheap, around 2 dollars per person.

OpeningHours:the whole day

Admission Fee:CNY 100 (one-entry ticket plus two sections of boat fees and three sections of carriage fees)

Boat schedule:  don't have a limited schedule, just not too early or too late. 


More Tips:

1)Food: You can eat at the home of the villagers. Usually they would charge you about 10 yuan for each meal. You can eat some green food they plant themselves, and some bacon and preserved ham. You can also have some rice wine made by the Zhuang people themselves.

2)Activities with folk customs: Holding a memorial ceremony for dragons, surrounding fish, Water-splashing Festival, singing songs, Lion dances, kicking leaf balls and drilling with ancient weapons.

3)Arrangement for the time: The main aim to the Bamei Village is to experience the special folk customs and the living conditions here. So you need to stay here for some time. The suggested time is 2 to 3 days.

4)please bear these in mind:

A. the Bamei Village is a newly developed scenic spot. There are no highways. All the roads are rugged dust roads. So the travel by bus will be very hard. The ones who may easily get carsick will have to suffer a lot more. Especially from the entrance of the cave of the Tangna Village to the Bamei Village there is a road which is as long as 2.5 kilometers. You can only walk. So a pair of flatties are necessary so that you may suffer less and walk quicker.

B. if you want to go to the Bamei Village, you have to go through a very dark water cave first. So before you set out, bring a flashlight or an emergency light with you. It is advisable that girls don’t go alone for safety.

C. surrounded by high mountains, the Bamei Village has not been electrified yet. Almost all the food, clothes and daily necessities the villagers use are self-sufficient. The only buffet in the village is run by a Zhuang woman and you can only find some daily necessities there.


When to visit

Bamei is the tropical plateau climate, pleasant weather all year around, and summer is the rainy season.

Recommended tour Route

Kunming –Bamei-Puzhehei-Milei- (昆明-坝美-普者黑-弥勒)  Quality 6th - day tour

Paradise——Bamei in Guangnan county 2 nights and 3 days 

How to fit in 

It’s easier to get around in Bamei 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. 


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