Why Recommend It
For millions of years, this land has been baptized by Geological structures and natural disasters, while the ancient tea trees have slowly grown in these primitive dense forests. This magical tea leaves is waiting for your discovery and taste.
Arrive at Kunming by train (Bullet train) or by flight. Meet & pick up by your guide and driver. Transfer to Hotel.
|D2. Kunming/Yuxi/Jianshui (B/L)|
After breakfast, drive (102km, 1.5h) to Eshan Mountain for the High-altitude Tea Plantation which is close to Yuxi City. Have a special lunch in the local restaurant for the dishes cooked with fresh tea leaves. In the afternoon, pick tea leaves in the plantation by yourselves and learn how to make the green tea cake. After hours’ working, seat down to enjoy your own-made green tea before going down the mountain and head to Jianshui(120km,2.5h).
|D3. Jianshui (B/L)|
After breakfast, drive to visit Wanyao Village which has 2 km from the Old Town of Jianshui, this small village is famous for the local purple pottery. Families of pottery craftsmen have been making Jianshui pottery for generations. Various Jianshui potteries are made with five-color clay through delicate processes like body blank, painting, carving, scraping, clinkering, and polishing. They are beautifully shaped with elegant and antique patterns, and are hard and solid, as well as fine and glossy. In the afternoon, visit the Confucius Temple, is located in the western part of Jian Shui County. Constructed in the Yuan Dynasty, the temple with a 710 year history was expanded by imitating the one in Qufu of Shandong province during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. After that, visit the Zhu’s family garden.
|D4. Jianshui/Yuanyang (B/L)|
After breakfast, drive to visit Tuanshan Village, Tuanshan Village, 13km away from Jianshui to the west, whose name is Yi language meaning a place with gold buried and silver hidden is known for its diversified residential buildings with different sizes, flexible layout, and a good usage of space representing the characteristics of the dwelling houses in south Yunnan. On the way back, visit the Double-Dragon Bridge, also called the Seventeen-Archway Bridge, is a large stone bridge with three towers and 17 archways. It was built on the joint point of the two branches of the Nanpan River, named the Lujiang River and Tachong River. In the afternoon, drive (85km, 2.5h) to Yuanyang.
|D5. Yuanyang (B/L)|
Get up early in the morning and enjoy the beautiful sunrise in Duoyishu. After that, drive to visit Qingkou Hani traditional village and start your hiking tour from this village to Bada. You will enjoy a splendid sunset here before going back to your hotel. Yuanyang rice terrace field is one of the most beautiful China’s rice terraces. Some would even say that Yuanyang rice terraces are the most beautiful in Asia. Yuanyang covers 2,200 square kilometers rice fields. The population belongs to ethnic minorities (Hani ethnic group) and the main activity is agriculture.
|D6. Yuanyang/Luchun/Jiangcheng (B/L)|
In the morning, according to the date to visit Shengcun local market or Niujiaozhai Market before you leave yuanyang. Drive (252km, 6 h) to Jiangcheng in the south part of Yunnan province. On the way, visit the villages and tea plantations in the mountain slopes. Jiangcheng borders Vietnam in the east, adjoins Laos in the south and faces Lvchun County across a river in the north, and is positioned at the junction of China, Laos and Vietnam.
|D7. Jiangcheng/Yiwu/Menglun (B/L)|
In the morning, drive (136km, 3h) to Yiwu. On the way visit the old and traditional Dai villages. After arrival, visit Yiwu Old Town. Yiwu is a small town legendary for its tea. In 736, Liu Hancheng, a Han person, led a horse caravan to Yunnan. The caravan surmounted various difficulties until it finally reached a virgin forest located at an altitude of about 1,300 meters above sea level in northern Mengla County, Xishuangbanna. There Liu decided to settle down and join the tea business. Yiwu has been a renowned tea processing center and export base since the Qing Dynasty. However, now there are only dilapidated walls and cracked houses here, and weeds grow along the sides of ancient roads. After your tour, drive another hour to the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden and overnight there.
|D8. Menglun/Jighong City (B/L)|
In the morning, visit the Tropical Botanical Garden, probes into the impact of human activities and climate change on ecosystem structures and services as well as endangerment mechanism of species. Effective conservation, sustainable development and the utilization of biological resources are primary goals of XTBG. Its scientific research focuses on forest ecosystem ecology, conservation biology and resource plant development, with 27 research groups related to those research fields aforementioned. In the afternoon, drive to Jonghong city and visit Manting Park in the city center.
|D9. Jighong City/Jingmai Tea Mountain (B/L)|
In the morning, drive to Nannuoshan Tean Plantation, Hiking for about an hour and a half to visit the eight hundred year old tea tree. There are also many ancient osmanthus trees that reached the sky and had trunks like giant redwoods. Enjoy the old tea tree leaves in a tea house located in the small valley. In the afternoon, drive another 3 hours to Jingmai Mountain.
|D10. Jingmai Tea Mountain (B/L)|
In the morning, drive up to Jingmai Mountain and visit the tea Plantations and the ethnic Villages on the mountain. The elements of the cultural landscape are authentic. Both the ancient tea plantations and ethnic villages are preserved with the historical atmosphere. The three ancient tea plantations are well-preserved; the largest population in villages is still ethnic minorities; more than 90% residential houses are traditional. Moreover, traditional custom and cultural tradition are still observed by local people, most labors are engaged in maintenance of tea plantations, tea is their main source of income. Ancient tea domestication techniques and traditional ancient tea plantation techniques remain intact; lands are used in original modes; and conservation management system of ancient tea plantations is inherited and carried forward.
In the morning, drive back to Jinghong, on the way visit Menghai Local Market. Take the late afternoon flight back to Kunming.