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

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