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We had a wonderful time in Tibet. We have learned a lot about this unique destination because of the wonderful guide Degyi who is so knowledge and always available towards our tours. We stayed at the Shangri-La Hotel Lhasa, and we would never imagine a Tibet travel could be so nice and amazing without the help of Degyi.

Also, thanks a lot to our Tibetan driver Mr.Wongdun for his safe driving and a good sense of service along the way.

We shall return Tibet in the near future!

P.B. and A. A - Europe
Tibet Travel

June 2018 (Private Tibet Journey from Kathmandu)

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To the South of YunnanTour Name:         To the South of Yunnan
Tour Code:          M80D269
Duration:            10 Days & 9 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Mengzi, Yuanyang, Jianshui, Simao, Xishuangbanna
Features:            Travel to the south of Yunnan to discover the enchanting villages and meet with different people. This is a fantastic opportunity to fully appreciate the natural beauty and you will also be deeply immersed by the unique culture and life ways.
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Arrive in Kunming, be met and transferred to hotel.  N/A

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel


 Kunming - Mengzi

Visit Yuantong Temple, transfer to visit Stone Forest, then drive to Mengzi and enjoy a city tour in Mengzi. B, L

Guanfang Hotel


Mengzi - Yuanyang

Visit Bi Se Zhai Station on the former Yunnan-Hanoi Railway, transfer to Yuanyang. Take photo at Sunset in Yuanyang.  B, L

Yunti Hotel



Full day tour in Yuanyang. Morning take photos at Sunrise, then visit paddy rice terraced fields at Sheng and Duoyishu village, visit Hani village at Jikou. B, L

Yunti Hotel


Yuanyang - Jianshui

Drive to Jianshui. En route visit Hani and Dai Minority Villages. Visit Zhu Family Garden, Chaoyang Tower in Jianshui. B, L

Zhu's Family



Full day tour at Jianshui to visit Zhang Family Garden, Double Dragon Bridge, Confucius Temple. B, L

Zhu's Family


Jianshui - Simao

Transferred to Simao, visit a local tea garden for famous Pu'er Tea en route to Simao.  B, L

New Century SPA & Resort Puer


Simao - Xishuangbanba

Drive to Xishuangbanna. On the way take a trip to the Wild Elephant Valley including walks in the rainforest and tropical bird garden touring.   B, L

New Dai Garden Hotel



Full day tour at Xishuangbanban to visit Dai Garden, The Folks Culture Village, and the Tropical Botanical Garden. B, L

New Dai Garden Hotel



Transferred to airport for flight back Kunming where you connect departure flight. End of journey. B


Day01 Arrival KunmingRed Earth South of Yunnan,China
Today you arrive in Kunming, the Eternal Spring City and capital of Yunnan Province. Greeted and received by your local guide who will escort you to your hotel. The rest of day is at your own disposal.

Day02 Kunming - Mengzi (B, L)Stone Forest,Kunming
In the morning you will visit Yuantong Temple, a Buddhist temple noted for its unusual structure which is high at the front and low at the back. Then transferred to explore the spectacular Stone Forest, a wonder of geology. About 200 million year ago the earth's crust shifted and forced the 200 acres of karst limestone stalagmites rise up from what was once a huge expanse of water. Paths wind through its spectacular valleys and around the weird rock formations and its reflecting pools. There are pavilions perched high on these pillars that offer sweeping views. Since the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), Stone Forest has long been one of the most famous scenic spots in China. Continue to drive 4 hours to Mengzi. On the way you may see vineyards and sugarcane fields. Mengzi is the capital of Honghe Hani and Yi Minority Prefecture. In the evening you can take a stroll around the Nanhu Lake to enjoy the quiet local life. You will also visit the Ge Lu Shi Restaurant, once the office of a French trading company at the beginning of 20th century. Overnight at Mengzi.

Day03 Mengzi - Yuanyang (B, L)Yuanyang Terraced Fields,Yunnan
In the morning, we take a short trip to visit the Bi Se Zhai Station. Bi Se Zhai functioned as an important stop on the former Yunnan - Hanoi Railway (nicknamed as French Railway, built by French from 1901 to 1910, 854-kilometer meter gauge railway line linking Kunming with Hanoi). After that you will proceed to the old town of Yuanyang. Yuanyang is renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world's largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The Hani minority in Yuanyang has been renowned for creating a harmony between man and nature in the village, forest, river and terraced paddies. Here, fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top. In addition, we will visit the famous Terraced-Fields at Laohuzhui and appreciate the sunset if lucky. 

Day04 Yuanyang (B, L)Yuanyang Terraced Fields,Yunnan Province,China
Appreciate the sunrise at Yuanyang. You will take photo at the rice terraced fields at Sheng and Duoyishu village in Yuanyang. Additionally you will get to the village of the Hanis at Jikou to watch and get to know their unique custom and traditional lifestyle. The Yuanyang rice terraces are without any doubt the most beautiful and spectacular paddy fields around China! Located all around Yuanyang Old Town, those rice fields have been carved on the Mountain by the Hani people for centuries. Catch a sunrise or sunset on those terraces full of water are one of the greatest highlights to any trips in China. The Hani minority in Yuanyang has been renowned for creating a harmony between man and nature in the village, forest, river and terraced paddies. Here, paddy fields are terraced from the foot of the mountains onto the very top.

Day05 Yuanyang - Jianshui (B, L)Jianshui Tuanshan Village,Yunnan
Drive to Jianshui. En route visit Hani and Dai Minority Villages. Visit Zhu Family Garden, Chaoyang Tower in Jianshui. A grand building cluster of the Imperial Qing period, the Zhu Family Garden is celebrated as the "the finest showcase of the locals' dwelling in Southern Yunnan". in addition you will visit Chaoyang Tower, the east gate tower of Jianshui Town. It was built in the 22nd year of the Hongwu reign of the Ming Dynasty (A.D.1389). The tower has the gable and hip roof with three eaves. It is 24.45 meters high, 26.8 meters wide and 12.31 meters deep. It was classified as the historical and cultural site under provincial protection in 1993.

Day06 Jianshui (B, L)Tuanshan Village,Jianshui,Yunnan
You will have a day tour at Jianshui. In the morning, visit Zhang Family Garden in Tuan Shan Village. Located 13km west of Jianshui Town, built at the end of the 19th Century, the Zhang Family Garden was once the house of the local Zhang Clan. Then you will proceed to the Double Dragon Bridge. With seventeen arches, the pavilion-style Bridge is a Qing Dynasty masterpiece  stone building and one of the best examples of its type all over China. In the afternoon you will have some good time at Confucian Temple. Begun in 1285 and enjoyed over 40 renovations, it is China's second largest Confucius temple only next to the one in Qufu, Confucius' hometown. The temple complex runs along a 625-meter-long axis and comprises six courtyards and 31 buildings.

Day07 Jianshui - Simao (B, L)Pu'er Tea Plantation,Yunnan
This morning you will leave for Simao, visit a local tea garden for famous Pu'er Tea en route. You will also see aloe plantations and banana grooves. Check in hotel and free leisure the balance of day. You may have a wonderful walking on the 4km length trail around the lake and in the forest nearby your hotel.

Day08 Simao - Xishuangbanna (B, L)Dai People in Xishuangbanna,Yunnan
Today you will head for Xishuangbanna. With an area of 7,003 square kilometers and a population of 310,000 people, Xishuangbanna is situated in the southern tip of Yunnan on the borders of Myanmar and Laos. It is a place characterized by tropical scenery, rich and unique ethnic customs and habits. Jinghong is the capital city of Xishuangbanna Dai Minority Autonomous Prefecture. En route, we will take a stop to visit the Wild Elephant Valley. Take a cable car that goes in the top of tropical rainforest and allow you to have a bird-eye view of rainforests. Take a walk in the forest and watch an elephant show. You will also visit the butterfly breeding base and the tropical bird garden in the valley.

Day09 Xishuangbanna (B, L)Dai Village in South Yunnan's Xishuangbanna
Drive along the Mekong River to Menglun. En route, stop and visit local market and the Dai Garden at Ganlanba. After visit of the Tropical Botanical Garden at Menglun, return to Jinghong. The Folks Culture Village, or the DaiGarden, is composed of five Dai villages of Man Jiang, Man Chun Man, Man Ting, Man Zha, and Man Ga, in the township of Ganlanba some 30 kilometers from Jinghong. Situated 103 kilometers, or 3 hour ride, from Jinghong, the Tropical Botanical Garden was founded in 1958 and is currently playing an important role in research in the areas of medicinal plants, taxonomy, economic plants and biochemistry. This garden proudly holds 3,000 species of plants, one of the richest botanical concentrations all over the world.

Day10 Depart Xishuangbanna (B)Wild Elephants in Xishuangbanna,Yunnan
Transfer to Jinghong Airport for morning flight to Kunming where you can connect your departure flight. End of your journey to South Yunnan.

Tour costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax or train as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports or railway stations, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses as listed in the itinerary;
05). Daily meals as specified in the itinerary: B denotes breakfast, L denotes lunch, and D denotes dinner (SD signifies special dinner);
06). Services of a local English speaking guide in each city (other languages can be arranged upon request, supplement may apply);
07). Travel Agency Liability Insurance during the tour;
08). Governmental taxes and fees.

Price excluded:
01). International airfare to/from China;
02). Chinese Visa fees;
03). Expenses of personal natural such as laundry, telephone, drinks, mini bar etc;
04). Personal shopping, optional activities and excess baggage charges;
05). Gratuities for local tour guides, drivers and hotel bellboy etc;
06). International travel insurance;
07). Services and activities that are not mentioned in the itinerary.


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