yunnan7A tour to Jinghong, provincial capital of Xishuangbanna Prefecture in the southwestern-most part of Yunnan province & nearby places. Then continue to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province.

Route: Jinghong, Kunming and Western Hills



check16 Inclusive:

• 5 nights in a hotels
• Air-conditioned coach all the way
• English, Thai or Chinese speaking guide
• Entrance fees and cable car and train fares
• Government taxes in Yunnan

stop16 Exclusive:

• Airfare and airport departure tax
• Meals of lunches & dinners as stated in the itinerary
• Tips to guide and driver
• Drinks at meals other than what is served at table
• Use of mini bar, laundry, phone calls in hotels and expenses of a personal nature



Day 1: Xishuangbanna/Jinghong - Arrival

Meet on arrival at Xishuangbanna International Airport and transfer to hotel. Jinghong is a laid-back town lying lazily by the Mekong River. Its tree-lined streets hide the modern concrete blocks. Leading out of the town centre the trees end in clumps around the stilt-houses of the surrounding villages.Visit the Cultural Village which is a replica of a Dai minority village. Return to the hotel. (Jinghong's Blind Massage School is much recommended for its professional massage. Opens 9am to 1am at 60 yuan an hour.) Overnight in hotel, Jinghong.

Day 2: Xishuangbanna/Jinghong (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. One-day drive through Lancang River (also called the Mekong River) valley for sightseeing. Along the way there are large plantations of rubber and fruit trees interspersed with emerald rice-fields, random groves of coconut palms and occasional tea plantations. Two hours from Jinghong is the Tropical Botanical Garden housing over 1,000 types of plants that make up Yunnan's tropical forests. This expansive garden is located on Hulu Island in Menglun Township, 96 kilometers from Jinghong. You can view many rare and exotic endangered plant species here: the dragon tree, the maytenwood, and the poisonous upas tree, the thirst-relieving "carriage-pole vine", the "clock flower" that opens and closes along with the sunrise and sunset, the "dancing grass" that responds to sound, the "king lotus" which can support a seated child, the "mystery fruit", the "King of Tea Trees", etc. Visit Manting Park (Chunhuan in the local Dai language). This park is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna – about 1100 years - used to be the royal garden of Dai rulers. People enjoy the shades from the numerous trees and ornamental plants in this garden. Wat Bajie/Zong Fosi, the Buddhist temple with the highest status in Xishuangbanna is located at the back of this garden. Many of the monks studied in Thailand and speak fluent Thai. See a Dai nationality cultural dance show. Visit the Grand Buddhist Temple for its remarkable exterior view of the main shrine, with overlapping eaves, exquisite decorations and bright colours. It is a fine example of the architectural style of the temples in Xishuangbanna. Overnight in hotel, Jinghong.

Day 3: Xishuangbanna/Jinghong (Breakfast)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Menghai about one-and-a-half hours away. Being in Menghai on a market day is an excitement which more than makes up for coming to this dull town. But Menghai's surroundings are most interesting, especially the market at Xiding and Menghun. In Menghai you can find the much-sought after "pu'er tea", a Banna specialty. 1,500-year-old wild tea trees grow everywhere. Visit the Octagonal Pavilion in Jingzhen village (53km south of Jinghong). It was first built in 1701 as a place of Buddhist worship, much destroyed by the Red Guards during the cultural revolution, but still impressive in its ornate decorations and paintings. A monastic school is in its precinct. Lunch at a local restaurant at Menghai. After lunch we return to Jinghong, en route visit the Hani dwelling in the mountainous parts of Xishuangbanna. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight in hotel, Jinghong.

Day 4: Jinghong - Kunming (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to airport for the flight to Kunming (approximately 773 kilometers). On arrival, transfer to the Stone Forest, known as the "First Wonder of the World". Going through the Stone Forest, you will be surrounded by tall pinnacles of limestone peaks and range upon range of green hills. Shop for Chinese medicinal herbs at Bao-shu-tang if you like. If not then tell the guide to skip it and go spend more time in the Stone Forest. Lunch at Ashima Great Hotel. Return to Kunming and enjoy a free afternoon exploring the city before meeting for dinner. Dinner at Colorful Yunnan of Yunnanese rice noodle and pot-steamed chicken restaurant. The evening is not complete without attending the Luyu tea performance. Again here after the tea-learning experience which is fascinating, the sales pressure comes on. If you are too weak for this sort of pressure, skip the Luyu Tea performance. Proceed to hotel for check-in. Overnight in hotel, Kunming.

D ay 5: Kunming - Western Hills (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)

Breakfast at the hotel. At 8.30am we leave the hotel to go sightseeing in the Western Hills, a 35-minute drive away on the western side of Lake Dian. Ride the 10-minute cable car all the way up to the mountain peak to experience a great sight of sheer loveliness. (Sometimes the cable car doesn't work. We will then use the train both ways.) From the top a path winds down to the famous Dragon Gate pock-marked by grottoes, sculptures and pavilions gouged into the cliff-face by a Taoist monk in the late eighteenth century, and have a bird's eye view of Lake Dian. To gain some cultural insights of the people we visit the Sanqing Taoist temple and the Huating Temple on the way. The Sanqing Temple (actually a group of temples, shrines and pavilions) was a country villa of a Yuan prince and the Huating Temple was the most important temple of the ancient Nanzhou kingdom displaying fine statues, stupas and superbly designed gardens. Then we experience a train ride returning to where our coach waits for us to take us to lunch at Dong's family garden. After lunch stroll in the Grand Lake View Park where you will enjoy the lovely landscape and shops offering a variety of products. At 6.30pm we proceed to Yaolong Hotel for our dinner before returning to our hotel. Overnight in hotel, Kunming.

Day 6: Kunming - Departure (Breakfast/Lunch)

Breakfast at the hotel. We leave the hotel at about 8.30am to go to the Golden Temple for sightseeing. Marvel at the 250-ton bronze sculpture from a Taoist legend, the Wu Sangui and Chen Yuanyuan's summer palace as well as Yunnan's famous flower garden. Enjoy a lunch of Yunnan wild mushrooms of a few varieties and pot-steamed chicken. At 1.45pm transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (A pre-check in will be arranged so that you can have a leisurely lunch.) Board your departure flight to end your tour of spring-eternal Kunming.

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