South China trips

See the most beautiful parts of China maximizing your time without rushing. Colourful cultural and nature tours from riceterraces to snowy mountains.

South China minorities and nature 14 days

South China minorities and nature 14 days

See the most beautiful parts of South China and maximize your limited time without rushing. This is a colourful trip both culture and naturewise. You’ll see many different people and landscapes ranging from riceterraces to snowy mountains. If you have more time you can extend your trip with a visit to other places like Beijing, Xi’an, Pingyao, Chengdu, Shanghai etc. The trip can be adjusted to your wishes. We can arrange all domestic flights in China including flights to or from Hong Kong. Discover green riceterraces and snowy mountains to meet the colourful people of Yunnan and Guanxi. This trip starts in Hong Kong, Chengdu, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Xiamen or any other Chinese city. Trip in days Day 1 arrive in Guilin/ private car transfer to Yangshuo Day 2 Yangshuo: take a bike trip in karstmountain landscape along the ricepaddies with guide and enjoy a farmer’s lunch. Stay in a traditional style guesthouse just outside Yangshuo in the middle of the karstmountains. The rooms were originally farmhouses but have been changed into pretty rooms. Day 3 Yangshuo, free day Optional tours: boat trip, kayaking, bamboo rafting on the river, Chinese cooking lesson, market trip, tai chi lesson etc. Day 4 guide and private car to Chenyang This is a beautiful Dong village with wooden houses and wind- and rainbridges. Day 5 Chenyang with guide and private car Explore the nearby villages on foot along ricefields and stroll in other villages with traditional wooden houses. Day 6 guide and private car See the magnificent view of the Longsheng (Pingan) riceterraces Day 7 Longsheng (Pingan) hike the riceterraces with guide (no car) Day 8 Flight from Guilin to Kunming from the airport a private car to Dali (5 hour ride through the mountains) Day 9 Dali daytrip Dali: an interesting daytrip to an off-the-beaten track area guided by the owner of China Minority Travel to places where you otherwise wouldn’t come. Walk in the mountains, smell the fresh air, meet friendly locals and visit a colourful market and a hidden, tucked-away temple. Or take a wooden rowing boat to a nearby peaceful  lake in Bai area.  Day 10 private car to (no guide) to the authentic Bai village Shaxi. Shaxi is a small Bai village surrounded by ricefields and you can easily walk to the other close by villages. The village has managed to preserve the authentic traditional Bai houses. Before going to Shaxi: visit Shibaoshan, a temple where ancient. Buddhist statues can be admired. It’s a true miracle that these statues have survived the cultural revolution. Day 11 private car to (no guide) to Zhongdian (Shangrila) with a stop in Tiger leaping gorge. The mountainous ride from Lijiang to Shangrila takes you from the lower Lijiang plain to a high altitude area with grasslands, yaks and the typical white walled Tibetan houses. Day 12 free day in Zhongdian Visit the Tibetan Songzanlin monastery and the old town by yourselves (no guide, no car) Day 13 private car (no guide) to Lijiang have a free afternoon in Lijiang Day 14 Lijiang on to Kunming Enjoy the countryside on a guided bike or car trip to the more quiet Naxi villages and have lunch at local Naxi farm. After lunch back to Lijiang and in the evening transfer to the railwaystation for the sleepertrain to Kunming. Notes: If you don’t want to take the train, you can also fly from Lijiang to Kunming, Chengdu or Shanghai or Guangzhou. In case you’d like to shorten the driving hours or you don’t want to take a train you can end the trip in Shangrila. In that...

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Yunnan highlights 7 days

Yunnan highlights 7 days

Focus on Yunnan and meet colourful people in mountainous landscapes. Maximize your limited time without rushing. Via Kunming you travel to relaxing Dali with its colourful markets and Bai villages around Erhai lake. Stay overnight in Shaxi like the horse caravans once did. Further up north to Lijiang with its wooden houses and canals and passing Shangrila (Zhongdian) with its impressive Tibetan monastery and beautiful grasslands. This is a great trip as it offers a diversity of different minorities and landscapes. There is also plenty of activity like walking and biking during the daytrips in Dali and Lijiang. Means of transport are varied: boat, bike, train and plane rides. Every season has its own charm, summers are green, warm (not hot though) and wet because of the monsoon rains. Autumn is cooler, less wet and brings beautiful colours in the mountains. Winters have blue, sunny skies but might bring snow too. Spring is cool, dry and nature is recovering from winter. Trip in days Day 1 Arrival in Kunming, travel overland by private car (5 hr ride) or arrive in Dali by flight Day 2 Dali daytrip: visit unspoilt villages & markets in the area of the Yi people. If you’re interested in a boat ride on a peaceful lake we’d recommmend Xihu, a small lake and a perfect place to unwind and enjoy life on the water. Day 3 Private car to (no guide) to the authentic Bai village Shaxi, on the way you will visit Shibaoshan monastery. Day 4 Private car to (no guide) to Zhongdian (Shangrila) with a stop in the Tiger leaping gorge. The mountainous ride from Lijiang to Shangrila takes you from the lower Lijiang plain to a high altitude area with grasslands, yaks and the typical white walled Tibetan houses. If you’re interested in a 2 day hike, the Tiger Leaping gorge comes as a highly recommended trek. Day 5 Free day in Zhongdian(Shangrila): you can visit the Songzanlin monastery and the old town by yourselves (no guide, no car) Day 6 Private car (no guide) to Lijiang (about 4-5 hrs ride), free afternoon in Lijiang For your information: Lijiang old town and nearby villages like Shuhe and Baisha have (almost) completely been taken over by tourist businesses like hotels, bars and shops. If you want to get away from this, we recommend a trip to the red mountains of Liming or Wumu, an authentic Naxi village in the mountains. Day 7 Lijiang: spend half a day for a countryside trip with bikes and private car. This guided trip will take you around a lake to unspoilt non touristy Naxi villages (incl car, bikes, lunch,guide) To get back to Kunming you can either take a sleepertrain or flight. If you’d like to shorten the driving hours you can change the order of the trip and do Kunming- Dali- Lijiang- Zhongdian. From Zhongdian you can fly to Kunming or Chengdu. If you have more time to spend in Yunnan you can get off the beaten track and go to the impressive riceterraces of Yuanyang or visit Heijing (between Kunming and Dali), an old salt town and the moonlandscape of Yuanmou’s beautiful earth forest. Price For 2 people 5850 Chinese RMB per person, 4 people- 4550 Chinese RMB per person Incl: guided daytrip in Dali & Lijiang, traditional style accomodation in hotels or guesthouse (in Shaxi) incl breakfast, private car for mentioned transfers Excl: transport Kunming- Dali, transport Lijiang-Kunming, all meals and entrance fees, tips for guides and drivers Other trips Another day in Dali to make another guided tour to either the Yi or the Bai people 2 day trek through the...

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Red earth in Dongchuan, yellow fields in Luoping, green mountains in Puzhehei 6 days

Red earth in Dongchuan, yellow fields in Luoping, green mountains in Puzhehei 6 days

This is a wonderful trip for nature photography lovers. The colours in this area are simply amazing. Dongchuan is known for its rich red-brown which comes from the soil’s deposits of iron and copper. The blossoming canola flowers add a bright yellow to the Luoping karst mountain landscape. The Puzhehei scenery is a reminder of the karstmountains in Yangshuo and Guilin but the rivers are wider and it’s more peaceful as it doesn’t see so many tourists. Route: Day 1 Drive from Kunming to Dongchuan/ Hongtudi, the red earth area Day 2 Drive back to Kunming Day 3 Kunming drive to the karst mountains and blossoming canola flowers fields of Luoping Day 4 Visit Luoping waterfall and karstpeaks for a fabulous view over the valley Day 5 from Luoping drive to Puzhehei Day 6 from Puzhehei drive back to Kunming Price: upon request If you have more time you can add a few days in Yuanyang, the wonderful area with the magnificent riceterraces and colourful...

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Tropical Xishuangbanna: villages and tea tour 7 days

Tropical Xishuangbanna: villages and tea tour 7 days

The mighty Mekong river, tea plantations, jungle, hikes to traditional villages, colourful markets and Dai Buddhist temples are just some of the words to sum up Xishuangbanna, the tropical corner of China. Laos and Myanmar are its neighbours and the climate is perfect for tours in winters as it will be warm and dry. From April till September it is humid and hot. This trip is a good mix between nature and culture with its (light) hikes along tea plantations to minority villages. With an experienced guide you’ll get a closer look into the local culture of the Dai, Aini, Hani, Bulang and other local minorities. Route: Day 1 Arrival Jinghong airport and transfer to hotel (no guide) Stay in Jinghong Day 2 Drive to Mengyang and visit a pottery village and see how they still make paper in the traditional way. Later visit different kinds of Dai villages. Stay in Ganlanba Day 3 Visit morning market of the Dai people in Ganlanba and later take ferry across the Mekong. Drive across an area near the Burmese border to Menghun. On the way see the White Stupa and make more random stops to visit ethnic villages of Bulang, Aini, Lahu or Ake. Stay in Menghun Day 4 Drive to Gelanhe, the original area of Aini where they moved to about 1000 years ago. See a small local market of Aini people, hike from the village through tea plantation to a Lahu village. Visit a village where they still make paper from tree bark. This kind of paper used for wrapping the pressed tea bricks. Later move further to Mengzhe. Stay in Mengzhe Day 5 Drive to Jingmai tea mountain and have a relaxing walk around. In the afternoon, drive to Huiming, hike over the mountains to an Aini and Lahu village. The lahu here are Christians and still maintain traditional way of life. You can can have a family dinner with them and get to know their authentic way of life and culture. Drive back to Huiming in the evening. Stay in Huiming Day 6 Return to Mengzhe and visit Xiding for the Thursday market of the Aini. Later drive back to Jinghong and visit the Muangdang Theravada Buddhist temple. Drive along the river valley and see Nannuo mountain, a famous tea growing area of the Aini people. Stay in Jinghong Day 7 Transfer to Jinghong airport If you have more time you can add a few days in Yuanyang, the wonderful area with the magnificent riceterraces and colourful markets. Price: 4 people- 4200 Chinese rmb per person. Including: 1. accommodation incl BF/ 2 rooms 2. dinner in the Lahu village (day 5) 3. private car with driver and English speaking guide Excluding: 1. entrance fees 2. other meals 3. tips for guide and...

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Guizhou: from Guilin to Guiyang 6 days

Guizhou: from Guilin to Guiyang 6 days

This trip takes you through the wonderful landscape of karstmountains and beautiful hills surrounded by ricefields, mainly inhabited by the Miao and Dong people. In the more traditional villages people live in wooden stilted houses and the older women still wear their colourful handmade traditional clothes. Guizhou has become popular through the years but there are plenty of quiet beautiful villages left. Thanks to our local guides who know the area very well we can offer you a non touristy experience. Many of our guides actually come from the area which is of course a big plus in establishing local connections. We have more trips in Guizhou. Trip in days This trip either starts/ends in Guiyang or Guilin. From Guilin you can also add Yangshuo to your trip. From Guiyang, you can stay in a village near a river, a beautiful spot with closeby interesting Buyi villages, caves, riceterraces and tea plantations. Day 1 Drive from Guiyang to Sandu (350 km, 5 hour ride) Sandu is a peaceful Shui village along the river bank. To get there you can take a ferry across the river. On certain days there will be a market. Day 2 Drive from Sandu to Jiabang riceterraces (330 km, 5 hour ride) On the way visit some authentic Miao villages and enjoy the wonderful ‘moon mountain’ riceterraces. This area sees few tourists until now because it lies in a hidden corner. For sure it will be busier in due time as the views of the riceterraces are simply fabulous. Day 3 Drive from Jiabang riceterraces to Congjiang (120 km, 3 hour ride) Take a hike around Miao villages and riceterraces in the morning and later visit Basha, a Miao village which is called the last gun tribe in China because the men still carry guns for hunting. Day 4 Drive from Congjiang to Zhaoxing (120 km, 3 hour ride) Stroll around Dong villages in the morning and drive to Zhaoxing which is the biggest Dong village, famous for its elegant drum towers and wind-and rain bridges. Day 5 free day in Zhaoxing (no car, no guide) Day 6 Take the highspeedtrain from Zhaoxing to Guilin (2 hour ride) If you have more time you can add Yangshuo to your trip, a magnficent area with karstmountains and rivers. Or you can continue your trip by train or plane to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou or other cities. Price 4 people: 3500 Chinese rmb per person 2 people: 5500 Chinese rmb per person Incl: accomodation in hotels and guesthouses incl BF, car with driver and English speaking guide for day 1-4, entrance fees for sightseeing & villages mentioned in program Excl: meals, other entrance fees, tips for guide and driver Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Yuanyang riceterraces, markets and Jianshui old Qing houses 4 days

Yuanyang riceterraces, markets and Jianshui old Qing houses 4 days

This trip takes you to the unknown south-east of Yunnan to the area bordering Vietnam. It is home to many minorites like the Hani, Yi, Miao, Zhuang, Yao and Dai. You will meet them on the very colourful and busy markets in small villages. The trip starts and ends in Kunming but you can also continue your trip on to Vietnam. The surroundings of Yuanyang with the high riceterraces are impressive. The terraces are centuries old and made by the Hani people. Although sometimes steep, they are suitable for walks and on the way you will pass small villages and local people with their waterbuffaloes working on the fields. On your way to Yuanyang you will visit Jianshui, known for its traditional architecture. A fine example is the restaured ancestral home of the Zhu family, a classic example from the Qing-dynasty (1644-1911) with its many buildings, ponds and gardens. Just outside Jianshui, in the middle of a farming village lies Tuanshan with another 100 years old unrestaured family compund with residents still living inside. In this area you can also find a Qing dynasty bridge. From Jianshui we drive to the riceterraces in the south east of Yunnan. The roads get emptier and more mountainous. This area is home to many minorities like the Hani, Yi, Miao, Yao, Zhuang and Dai. They live a traditional life and many dress in colourful clothes. The Yi-women for example do their own embroidery and wear typical headdresses. The Hani wear dark-blue clothes which are decorated with coins traditionally given to the daughters by their mothers. The Yao-women often shave their heads and wear red pointed hats and together with their colourful embroidered trousers they look very special. Another subgroup of the Yao are more soberly dressed in black with pink accents. You will meet them on the colourful markets held at specific days which change every month. Trip in days Day 1 Departure from Kunming in the morning to Yuanyang, on the road visit a Dai village and the riceterraces day 2 Yuanyang: visit a colourful market in the morning, see the rice terraces and make a gentle hike on the rice terraces Day 3 Drive from Yuanyang to Jianshui and visit villages on the road. After arrival in Jianshui, visit Tuanshan village and the double dragon bridge Day 4 Visit a tofu workshop, the ancient wells, Confucius temple, Chaoyang gate and return to Kunming, visiting on the way a Mongolian village Price 2 people- 4900 Chinese RMB per person Incl: private car and driver, guide, accomodation Excl: meals, entrance fees, hotel in Kunming Other trips City tours China highlights Yunnan 7 days Family trips South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Yunnan trekkings Non touristy trips Tibet West china/...

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Karstmountains and ricefields: Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingan Longji riceterraces, Chenyang, Sanjiang 5-7 days

Karstmountains and ricefields: Guilin, Yangshuo, Pingan Longji riceterraces, Chenyang, Sanjiang 5-7 days

The area around Guilin and Yangshuo is beautiful and suitable for everyone, also families with children. A bike trip through the riceterraces, a bamboo raft or kayak trip across the Li river with a wonderful view on the karstmountains are just a few of the things to do in these surroundings. More up north are the impressive ‘Dragon’s backbone’ Longji riceterraces and the more traditional wooden villages of the Dong and Zhuang people. Trip in days Day 1 Transfer from Guilin airport to Yangshuo Stay in a traditional style guesthouse just outside Yangshuo in the middle of the karstmountains. The rooms were originally farmhouses but have been changed into pretty rooms. Day 2 Yangshuo: bike trip in karstmountain landscape along the ricepaddies with guide Day 3 Yangshuo: free day optional tours: boat trip/ kayaking/ bamboo rafting on the river, rock climbing, Chinese cooking lesson, fan painting, market trip, tai chi lesso, go and see the impressive lightshow directed by Zhang Yimou (director of Olympics opening and movies with Gong Li like ‘Raise the red lantern’) Day 4 Transfer to Chenyang with guide and private car: a beautiful Dong village with wooden houses and wind- and rainbridges Day 5 Chenyang with guide and car: hike the riceterraces for nearby villages Day 6 Transfer to Longsheng riceterraces with guide and private car Day 7 Longsheng: hike the riceterraces with guide (no car) Day 8 Transfer to Guilin airport Price 2 people- 4450 Chinese RMB per person Incl: accomodation in hotels/ guesthouses incl breakfast, mentioned daytrips with English speaking guide, private transfers Excl: optional tours, all meals and entrance fees, tips for guides and drivers Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Guizhou: Miao people and nature, 5 days from Guiyang

Guizhou: Miao people and nature, 5 days from Guiyang

This Guizhou trip offers an indepth insight into the lives of the Buyi, different Miao peoples and Gejia groups. Hear their interesting background stories and enjoy the magnificent landscapes in a relaxed pace with not too much driving. Surrounding the green hills every piece of fertile land, no matter how small is used for growing rice or other crops. We will take you to different kinds of minority villages. Some of the older women are still dressed in their handmade embroidered clothes. If your focus is on traditional clothing you should include one of the many festivals in your trip. You will also visit villages where they make paper and birdcages. Many minority families still live in traditional wooden houses and some have been turned into basic guesthouses, a great experience! Trip in days Day 1 From Guiyang airport a private car and guide from Guiyang to a beautiful Buyi village. It lies in a valley along a river looking over terraced ricefields. Day 2 Visit the Buyi village built on the bank of Qinglonghe river. It’s possible to swim in the river. Then visit a gorge, walk underground through a long cave, walk through forest and see a waterfall. Day 3 Travel to Kaili through the Gaozhai region, home of the ‘little Flower Miao’. This group is known for their beautiful traditional costumes with embroidery and batik jackets with little flower patterns. On the road enjoy the landscape of terraced ricefields. Arrive Kaili in afternoon. Day 4 Leave for Matang, a Gejia village famous for its blue-white batik, lots of ladies have batik workshops in their houses. Then drive to Datang short skirt Miao village and go to Langde Miao village which is very famous for its terraces landscapes and beautiful wooden houses. Home stay with a Miao family in Langde. Day 5 Leave for a paper-making village, on the way stop at Qingman Miao village, take a walk in the village and see the local people doing their embroidery. In the next village there are lots of families making beautifully coloured handmade paper and you can see the whole process. Later walk to another village nearby and drive to Guiyang airport. Price 2 persons: 5700 Chinese renminbi per person Including: room in hotels/ guesthouses with breakfast, entrance fees, English speaking guide, private car with driver Excluding: transport from and to Guiyang, lunch and dinner, personal expenses, tips for guide/ driver Other trips Guizhou Sister’s Meal festival, mid April Guizhou trip 9 days South China Yunnan highlights Around Guilin/Yangshuo Yuanyang/Jianshui Around Chengdu/Chinese & Tibetan Buddhas Yunnan special off the beaten track Yunnan...

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Yading National Park (from Chengdu or Shangrila, Lijiang, Dali)

Yading National Park (from Chengdu or Shangrila, Lijiang, Dali)

The landscape in Yading Nature Reserve is simply stunning and it is truly one of the most beautiful areas on the Tibetan Plateau. It is unique with its three holy snowcapped mountains, blue glacier lakes, evergreen forests, fast moving clear rivers, and grasslands dotted with purple and yellow flowers. It lies on an altitude of 4000 m (and higher) in the Tibetan Kham region of Sichuan. Whether you want to stay lower for an easy stroll on the grasslands with a view on the mountains or do a more difficult hike up to Milk lake and the Five Colour lake at 4300 m, it can all be done and you won’t be disappointed by either. In order to get used to the altitude of 4000 m it’s best to drive up from lower areas like Dali (1900 m), Lijiang (2400 m), Shangrila (Zhongdian) 3200 m, Xiangcheng (2900 m) and then take the smooth new road on to Yading through an amazing landscape of green rolling hills, dotted with yaks and scattered, authentic Tibetan villages, all built in their own unique way. If you’re short on time you can take a flight to Chengdu from Yading airport. If not, you can continue your trip overland to Litang, Kangding and finish in Chengdu. Route: Day 1 private car with(out) guide from Shangrila to Xiangcheng Day 2 private car with(out) guide to Yading national park, upon arrival make easy walks in the lower area of Yading to the grasslands, Chong Gu monastery and a small lake Day 3 make a trek up to Milk lake and the Five Colour Lake (4300 m) Day 4 take a flight from Yading to Chengdu or keep driving to Litang, Tagong, Kanding on to Chengdu (allow 3-4 days more) More info, pls send an email. More photos, see Facebook China Minority Travel Other trips City tours China highlights Yunnan 7 days Family trips South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Yunnan trekkings Non touristy trips Tibet West china/...

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Kham Tibet: overland from Chengdu to Shangrila

Kham Tibet: overland from Chengdu to Shangrila

Stunning snow capped mountains, authentic Tibetan villages, beautiful people and green grasslands dotted with yaks is what you’ll see during the impressive ride going high across the Tibetan plateau. Most of the 1200 km long road is nowadays in good condition with only a few bumpy rides left. This is the short route from Shangrila to Chengdu (or other way around) Day 1 Shangrila to Xiangcheng Day 2 Xiangcheng to Litang Day 3 Litang to Tagong Day 4 Tagong to Kangding Day 5 Kangding to Chengdu Price: 2 people: 5250 Chinese rmb p.p., 4 people: 3900 Chinese rmb p.p. Incl: private car with Chinese speaking driver, accomodation in standard hotels incl BF Excl: English speaking guide (4000 Chinese rmb extra), entrance fees, meals, tips for (guide and) driver If you have more time we highly recommend to include: 1. the stunningly beautiful Yading nature reserve 2. Danba, a Tibetan town with ancient watchtowers 3. Sertar, an enormous Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the hills which attracts Buddhist students from all over China 4. Dege, the last town you can get to as a foreigner crossing the border into Tibet proper. Dege is famous for its Buddhist Scriptures Printing House. Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Yunnan special Heijing & Yuanmou: undiscovered pearls 3 days

Yunnan special Heijing & Yuanmou: undiscovered pearls 3 days

Heijing & Yuanmou are two undiscovered pearls of Yunnan. A beautiful non touristy trip back in time that gives you a rare view on China. Heijing is a small ancient town along a river in a narrow valley surrounded by steep hillsides. It was a prosperous town in the Ming and Qing dynasties because of its salt wells. Business was so good that for many years Heijing accounted for half of Yunnan’s tax income. From Heijing the valuable salt was transported by horse caravans along ancient mountain trails. Nowadays Heijing is a sleepy town with friendly locals, slowly discovering the tourism market. The atmosphere in the cobbled Heijing streets is quiet and laidback. This is what Lijiang old town used to feel like before it got transformed by mass tourism. Besides that Heijing is interesting because of its old mansions built in Qing dynasty style, once owned by rich merchants. They are all lived in by local families but open for the public. The most beautiful one has become a small boutique hotel with only a few rooms grouped around a spacious courtyard which will be your accomodation for the night. Besides discovering the old town you can climb up the hills to hike up to the various temples and for a good view on the town. Just a little out of town there is a former salt workshop which shows the history of Heijing, the waterwheels used for the salt and you can can see how they used to dry the salt over a woodfire. A nice extra for children is that they can dry their own salt and inscribe their name in it, a great souvenir! Yuanmou is a different story alltogether: a place where millions of years ago dinosaurs were its main inhabitants. Walking through Yuanmou earth forest shows a surprise around every corner, a fairytale landscape with magical castle towers and intriguing shaped sandstone sculptures everywhere. Yuanmou is a great experience especially at the end of the afternoon where you almost have the place to yourself. Yuanmou feels like the end of the world, a desert where you can easily get lost if you wander off the paths. The ride up to Yuanmou is also interesting as it’s mainly Yi minority area with small villages along the road, made up by their typical large farmhouses. The area however is so dry and arid it’s difficult to imagine how anybody can make a living there, somehow they manage though… Trip from Dali or Kunming Day 1 Drive from Dali to Heijing Day2 Drive from Heijing to Yuanmou Day 3 Drive from Yuanmou to Kunming Price 2 people- 2650 Chinese RMB per person Included: Private car and driver for 3 days, accomodation for 3 nights Excluded: Guide, all meals, entrance fees, tip for driver More photos on Facebook of Yuanmou and Heijing Other trips City tours China highlights Yunnan 7 days Family trips South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Yunnan trekkings Non touristy trips Tibet West china/...

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Chengdu: Leshan and Tibetan Buddhas in Tagong

Chengdu: Leshan and Tibetan Buddhas in Tagong

Chengdu is a perfect base for travelling into the Tibetan areas of Sichuan. This trip takes you back in time to the fascinating museum of Sanxingdui on to the impressive Buddha standing along the river in Leshan. The next day you will climb the mountain of Emeishan (or take the cablecar) to visit the temples. After a long day’s drive you will arrive in the small Tibetan town Tagong. Surrounded by green rolling grasslands, grazing yaks and dotted with Tibetan monasteries this is a real taste of Tibet. Trip in days Day 1 transfer from Chengdu airport to hotel Day 2 Visit with car and guide to the panda breeding centre and to the Sanxingdui museum which shows intriguing masks dating back to the 12th and 11th century B.C. Day 3 Car and guide to Leshan to visit the big Buddha, on the road visit the small town Huanglongxi which still has an old part with grey brick buildings Day 4 Car and guide to Emeishan to visit the monasteries on the mountain slope Day 5 Drive to Kangding and to Tagong, this is a long driving day Day 6 Day in Tagong, visit Tagong monastery and Heping Fahui monastery Day 7 Optional trip: take a horse trip for the day to trek up to Zhangkhar monastery Day 8 back to Chengdu, this is a long driving day Price On request Other trips City tours China highlights Yunnan 7 days Family trips South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Yunnan trekkings Non touristy trips Tibet West china/...

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Shaxi and Nuodeng: along the old tea and horse caravan road 3 days

Shaxi and Nuodeng: along the old tea and horse caravan road 3 days

Day 1 Drive Dali to Nuodeng, on the road view of Tai Qi bend in the river and Tianchi lake Day 2 Drive Nuodeng via Shibaoshan to Shaxi Day 3 Drive Shaxi to Lijiang For more info on this trip, pls send a...

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Yunnan highlights & Yuanyang riceterraces 13 days

Yunnan highlights & Yuanyang riceterraces 13 days

This trip is suitable for people who have time and want an in depth trip into Yunnan. It’s a combination of our Yunnan highlights trip and the Yuanyang/ Jianshui trip. It will take you across the different climates of Yunnan, from the cool snow capped mountains in Shangrila to the  subtropical Yuanyang riceterraces. Meeting a large variety of different minorities will certainly leave a memorable impression.    Trip in days Day 1 Arrive at Kunming airport, travel overland by private car (5 hr ride) Day 2 Choice between a guided daytrip to the Yi people or to the Bai people and Erhai lake Day 3 Private car to (no guide) to the authentic Bai village Shaxi Shaxi is a small Bai village surrounded by ricefields and you can easily walk to the other close by villages. The village has managed to preserve the authentic traditional Bai houses. Before going to Shaxi: visit Shibaoshan, a temple where ancient Buddhist statues can be admired. It’s a true miracle that these statues have survived the cultural revolution. Day 4 Private car to (no guide) to Zhongdian (Shangrila) with a stop in Tiger leaping gorge Day 5 Free day in Zhongdian: you can visit the Songzanlin monastery and the old town by yourselves (no guide, no car) Day 6 Private car (no guide) to Lijiang. Free afternoon in Lijiang Day 7 Half a daytrip to enjoy the countryside with bikes and private car around a lake to unspoilt non touristy Naxi villages & have lunch at local Naxi farm (incl guide). evening: transfer to railwaystation for nighttrain to kunming, overnight in train Day 8 Arrive in kunming trainstation early morning around 7:00 a.m., transfer to Stone Forest, drive to Tonghai, visit a Mongolian village, drive on to Jianshui Day 9 Visit ancient wells, tofu workshop, Confucius temple, Chaoyang Gate, Tuanshan Village, double dragon bridge Day 10 Drive to Yuanyang, visit ethnic villages en route, after arrival visit rice terraces. Day 11 Market (about 1,5 hrs ddrive one way) with Hani, Yi and Dai people, later visit other riceterraces. Day 12 Market closeby Yuanyang with Yi and Hani people, see the view over the riceterraces closeby, then relaxing hiking across rice terraces and drive to Honghe Day 13 Visit mountain top market of Hani near Honghe (one of the most original places of Hani people). drive to Kunming, on the road visit Dai minority villages, transfer to hotel in Kunming Price 2 people- 13700 Chinese RMB per person Included: private car for all transfers, daytrips with English speaking guide according to program, accomodation in small scale comfortable boutique hotels and traditional guesthouses incl breakfast. Excluded: optional tours, meals, entrance fees, tips for guides and drivers Optional extensions: Trip to the Miao and Dong people in Guizhou Trip to the karstmountains and riceterraces of Guilin/ Yangshuo and Pingan Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Yuanyang riceterraces and colourful markets in depth 14 days

Yuanyang riceterraces and colourful markets in depth 14 days

This trip is suitable for people who love minority markets in less travelled areas. You will go from the north east of Yunnan all the way down to the subtropical borderarea with Vietnam. The more you go south the more lush the vegetation gets. As you get off the beaten track you will meet more traditionally dressed people. The markets are a photographer’s paradise. This however is not a standard trip and every day involves quite a bit of driving (about 4 hours a day) and hotels can be very basic. This trip is with private car and English speaking guide as you will hardly find English speakers here. Trip in days Day 1 Arrival at Kunming airport, private car to the Stone Forest and Luoping which is famous for its bright yellow canola fields. Day 2 Stay in Luoping Day 3 Drive to Puzhehei, an area with karstmountain landscapes and rivers. Day 4 Drive to Jianshuiand stay in a beautiful hotel, once the residence of a wealthy family Day 5 Drive to Yuanyang and see the sunset across the riceterraces Day 6 Visit a local colourful minority market and hike the riceterraces Day 7 enjoy the sunrise, visit a small Yi and Hani market and drive to Jinping Day 8 Market of Red hat Yao, drive to the border with Vietnam Day 9 Vietnamese border market of other Yao tribes, drive to another small town Day 10 Market of Indigo Yao, drive to Laomeng Day 11 Market of Yi (different branch), drive to Honghe Day 12 Stay in Honghe Day 13 To Shiping and Jianshui Day 14 To Kunming, on the way a stop in a Mongolian village Price On request Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai, Hangzhou, Chengdu , Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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Tropical Xishuangbanna & Yuanyang riceterraces in depth 12 days

Tropical Xishuangbanna & Yuanyang riceterraces in depth 12 days

If you would like to meet several hilltribes on the markets and in their villages, see tea plantations and walk across magnificent riceterraces then this trip is a good choice. This trip takes you out to the countryside and therefore accomodation can be basic. Xishuangbanna has a tropical climate, winters are relatively cool and dry. From April till September the weather is humid and hot. The Yuanyang area has a similar climate but colder in winter and less hot in the summer. The riceterraces of Yuanyang are empty and filled with water in the wintermonths. From roughly April the Hani farmers will start planting rice. Trip in days Day 1 Arrival in Jinghong airport, transfer to hotel Day 2 Hike mountain Nannuo, drive to Aini villages and see their ancient tea plantations, visit Dai villages and a local Buddhist stupa. Stay in Menghai. Day 3 See the daily market of Menghai, drive to the Octagonal Pavillion and start hiking up the hills to visit Aini and Bulang villages. Stay in Menghun. Day 4 Market in Menghun, visit a paper-making village, then hike from an Aini to a Bulang village across nice tea plantations. Stay in Menghun. Day 5 Full day driving through multi ethnic area near the Burmese border, on the way visit traditional villages of Akhe, Lahu, Bulang and Aini. Visit the famous White Pagoda in Menglong. Stay in Jinghong. Day 6 Explore Dai villages in the countryside around Ganlaba area, in the afternoon visit the tropical botanical garden (when most tourists are gone). Drive to Pu’er where the famous Pu’er teaplantations are. Stay in Pu’er. Day 7 Enjoy the view of the Pu’er tea plantations and drive on to Honghe. On the road visit different Dai villages. Stay in Honghe. Day 8 Full day driving through an area of beautiful rice terraces and Hani villages. Then further to Yuanyang. Stay in Yuanyang. Day 9 Drive to a colourful traditional market mainly visited by Yi and Hani people. Then drive to the rice terraces around Laohuzui (Tiger’s mouth). Stay in Yuanyang. Day 10 See the sunrise over the riceterraces just outside of Yuanyang, later visit a nearby small minority market. Take a short and relaxing walk across the riceterraces passing Yi and Hani villages. After lunch, drive to Jianshui. If time permits, visit Confucius temple and Chaoyang Gate Tower in town. Stay in Jianshui in a hotel built in Qing dynasty style, a former family courtyard mansion, built by a then wealthy merchant family. Day 11 Jianshui: visit Tuanshan village, a non restaured Qing style dynasty cluster of old family mansions, still lived in by local families. Also visit the ancient Double Dragon bridge. If time permits, see how local tofu is produced in a workshop. Day 12 Drive to Kunming, on the road visit a small Mongolian farmer’s village. Price 2 people: 10700 Chinese renminbi per person Incl: transfers by private car with driver and English speaking guide, hotels and guesthouses for 11 nights (Kunming excluded), Excl: all entrance fees, meals, accomodation in Kunming, tips for guide and driver Other trips China highlight trip Shanghai or Hangzhou, Chengdu , Beijing Yunnan 7 days South China 14 days Guizhou 5-12 days Tibet West china/...

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