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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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Yunnan - A World of Pu-erh TeaTour Name:         Yunnan - A World of Pu-erh Tea
Tour Code:          M168D814
Duration:            14 Days & 13 Nights
Destination:        Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Pu'er City, Yiwu Mountain, Menglun, Menghai, Jingmai Moungain, Jinghong, Yunnan Province
Features:            "Pu-erh or Pu'er Tea is a variety of post-fermented tea produced in Southwest China's Yunnan province. The cultivation of Pu'er tea can be traced as far back as the Chinese Han Dynasty and was made from the leaves of broad leaf tea trees grown in a group of Mountains in Xishuangbanna Area of South Yunnan. The best known Pu'er areas are the Six Great Tea Mountains renowned for their growing climates and environments. With its tremendous health benefits, Pu-erh Tea is getting more and more popular both in China and outside. Our Tea Adventure in Yunnan is carefully designed to meet the needs of passionate and intrepid tea amateurs and tea sommeliers exploring and understanding its cultivation, processing, brewing, packaging, storage, and judging quality etc. The tour in the minorities' villages adds another dimension of Yunnan's diverse and unique cultural landscape."
Departure Date:
 From April to October 2019!
Tour Price:          From $1,850 P.P (land tour)

Itinerary Day By Day:

Day01 Welcome to Kunming, ChinaOld Tea Trees,Yunnan,China
Today you arrive in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province and China's Eternal Spring City. Greeted and received by your Splendid China Tours host who will escort you to your hotel in town. The balance of the day is at your own leisure.
Overnight in Kunming

Day02 Kunming (B, L, D)Pu-erh Tea Cakes,Yunnan,China
Enjoy a savory breakfast at hotel. Followed by a leisure day tour in the city. The first stop is for the 1,200 year old Yuantong Si, the largest Buddhist temple in Kunming. Then head to local Flower-and-Bird Market to enjoy some leisure walking. After that, proceed to Yunnan Tea Culture Museum to learn some background information on regional tea history and tea culture in general. This afternoon we shall visit a local tea market to find out some local teas in particular the "Dark Tea" cakes. Sample some aged Pu-erh Tea from different tea mountains and factories in Yunnan.
Overnight in Kunming

Day03 Jianshui (B, L, D)Jianshui,Yunnan
Depart in the morning for Jianshui, an ancient town in South Yunnan, is the home to several ethnic minorities. On the way make a stop to visit a Mongolian village. In the afternoon we commence to the visit of Zhu Family Garden in the old town of Jianshui. A grand building cluster of the Imperial Qing period, the Zhu Family Garden is celebrated as the "the finest showcase of the local dwelling in Southern Yunnan". We will accommodate at an authentic hotel with the best surroundings in Jianshui. Afterwards we visit to the Chaoyang Tower, a Ming building and the Confucian Temple.
Overnight in Jianshui

Day04 Yuanyang (B, L, D)Tuanshan Village,Jianshui,Yunnan
In the morning we shall 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 drive to Yuanyang, en route visit the minority villages, such as Hani and Dai people. The Hani people 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. Later in the afternoon visit the famous Terraced-Fields at Laohuzhui (Tiger Mouth) to appreciate the splendid sunset when weather is fine.
Overnight in Yuanyang

Day05 Yuanyang (B, L, D)Tiger Mouth Terrace, Yuanyang
Yuanyang becomes a big draw to worldwide travelers and photographers for the amazing terrace fields built on the red-soil mountains. Full day excursion at Yuanyang. Appreciate the sunrise at Duoyi Shu Village. Then proceed to visit the village of the Hanis at Jikou. In the afternoon we shall hike from Bada to Quanfu Zhuang through the landscapes of rice terrace and small villages.
Overnight in Yuanyang

Day06 Pu'er City (B, L, D)Duoyishu,Yuanyang
Enjoy a good breakfast at hotel before our departure for Pu'er City. The drive today is extremely scenic as we pass through lush green tea plantations. The winding mountain roads lead us to Pu'er City, the same name for the Pu-erh Tea and truly a city of teas. Check-in our hotel atop a tea mountain outside the town.
Overnight in Pu'er City

Day07 Pu'er City (B, L, D)Tea-Horse Caravan Route,Yunnan
Wake up in the morning dawn and refresh from a cuppa. Walk around at a tea plantation and visit a local tea producer to see how they process Maocha/ "Raw Tea" of Pu-erh. Sample some ripe tea at the producer's factory. In the afternoon visit Pu-erh Tea Culture Park and drive to Ning'er north of Pu'er City to find out the trails of the ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Route. Time allows, we can walk along the trail for a hour or two. 
Overnight in Pu'er City

Day08 Yiwu Village (B, L, D)Yiwu Tea Making,Yunnan
Leave in the morning for Yiwu, one of the six most famous mountains for Pu-erh Tea production. On the way we shall stop at Dadu Gang, the largest tea plantation in China. Walk through the tea bushes along these terraced fields. Sample some Pu-erh Tea with the tea garden owner. Next, we travel to Jinuo whose old name is "Youle", another one of the six Ancient Tea Mountains and regarded by many as the cradle of Pu-erh. Splendid China Tours has arranged a hands-on experience of making our own Pu-erh Tea cakes at a small factory in Jinuo. We shall follow the instruction of local tea workers to steam the sun-dried Maocha (Raw Tea), and pressed with stone mode, followed by tea cake wrapping. Drink some ripe Pu-erh with our host. In the afternoon we arrive in Yiwu Village, explore the trail of the ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Route. Time allows, we are able to tour a local Pu-erh Tea Culture Exhibition Hall.
Overnight at Yiwu Village

Day09 Menglun (B, L, D)Pressing Pu-erh Tea,Yunnan
After breakfast we shall take a dirt road up to the mountains of Yiwu with old tea trees. Our goal is the 800 plus old tea tree that overlooking the entire green valley. Then we head for Menglun, and on the way explore Yibang, another famous tea mountain for Pu-erh. It is commonly believed that the finest raw Pu-erh tea cakes are made from the tea leaves and buds from these old tea trees on the ancient tea mountains in South Yunnan. Later of the day we arrive in Menglun and visit its famous Tropical Botanical Garden of Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
Overnight in Menglun

Day10 Nannuoshan Mountain (B, L, D)Nannuoshan Mountain,Yunnan
The major activity for today is Nannuoshan Mountain, located between the hot, humid and the cool climate of South Yunnan. Inhabited by Hani people, Nannuoshan has vast tea growing areas with a long history of tea cultivation. According to local statistics, nowadays there are around 700 hectares of ancient tea gardens in the area. The unique micro-climate makes Nannuo Shan one of best place growing tea leaves and buds for Pu-erh. We shall hike on the mountain to visit some of the most ancient tea trees and meet with local Hani people to see how they make the tea cakes in the traditional way. For sure, we shall drink some of the best Pu-erh from the mountain. Later of the day drive to Menghai.
Overnight in Menghai

Day11 Jingmai Mountain (B, L, D)Jingmai Tea Mountain,Yunnan
A well-balanced day as we shall explore the nearby Tea Mountains and visit local minority villages. Transfer to Jingmai, the major village for the Dai and Bulang People residing on the same name Jingmai Mountain who have been growing teas for over 1,800 years. Trek to see the ancient tea trees and enjoy the unique sweet aroma in the tea forest. Visit a small factory of local tea grower and sample some of their recent harvests both from the old tea trees and their tea gardens. Back to the our hotel later in the afternoon.
Overnight in Menghai

Day12 Lao Banzhang (B, L, D)Lao Banzhang Village,Yunnan
Today we shall explore two more famous tea mountains, namely, Lao Banzhang and Hekai. We shall take a local van plus one hour hiking on a bumpy dirt trail to the village of the Hanis. There are a lot of tea gardens in Banzhang village, some of the most expensive Maocha (Raw Tea) among all the teas in Yunnan. Drink some Pu-erh in the village. The good Banzhang tea is a deep, long lasting good sweet aftertaste in deep throat and full mouth with lingering orchid aroma.
Overnight in Menghai

Day13 Kunming (B, L, D)Tea Plantation, Puer City,Yunnan
This morning we shall tour a paper-making village where the paper is made with tree barks, such paper is now widely used for Pu-erh tea cakes packing. Then drive along the road near China-Burma border to Jinghong, the principal city of Xishuangbanna. Enjoy some relaxed time in Jinghong including the White Stupa etc. After dinner transfer to airport for an intra flight back to Kunming. Met with and transfer to hotel in town.
Overnight in Kunming

Day14 Departure for home (B)Yiwu Tea Making,Pu-erh,Yunnan
Free in the morning till check out at noon and transferred to airport for your departure flight home. End of the amazing Yunnan Pu-erh Tea Journey!

Tour costing starts from USD1,850 NET p/p. for a group of 10 persons traveling together and stay at 3-star hotels B.B. basis. Travel costing varies upon group size, travel season and hotel accommodation levels etc. For price details please email us at info@splendidchinatours.com.

Price inclusions:
01). All accommodations based on two persons sharing one room (single occupancy is subject to supplement);
02). China internal flights with airport tax as stated in the program;
03). Round-trip transfers between airports, hotels, and scenic spots in each city by private air-conditioned vehicles with experienced licensed drivers;
04). All admission fees and activity expenses including tea experiences 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 throughout in Yunnan Province (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 Kunming, 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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