Pick up from the airport and transfer to your hotel. Time to visit the Yuantong temple, the flowermarket and when there is time enough walk along the nice Cuihu park. Most of the time older people are dancing or playing majong.
In the morning .more time to explore Kunming ,in the afternoon we go to the famous Stone Forest where limerocks stand in strange formation and make the horizon look like a fairytale,we spend the night in the Stone Forest.
We get up early in the morning have time to walk around the stone formation before the big chinese groups arrive. After lunch we take the bus to Jianshui, on the way we will make a stop in the small town of Tonghai. We walk around the little Mongolian Village in the afternoon we continue to Jianshui. An old town with lots of architecture to see again. If the weather is nice go to the gate I and watch the old people.
Time to explore the town with the Confucian Temple with the lake and to go to the rebuilt Zhu Garden. An example of Ming Dynasty with lots of nice courtyards.In the afternoon we will visit the Zhu Family village where it looks lime time did not move. Old people, old houses and a lovely atmosphere. Surprised what they sell ? Take a good look at it and you feel like many years ago. In the evening visit the performance of the dancers.
We continue to the highlight of this trip. We drive through some Hanivillages where we do have a view on the Honghe river and climb up to 1800 meter above sealevel.. If we are lucky there is a market. People form the small villages come to sell and buy their product.
For photographers this is the place to be, colourful people from Hani, Yi and many more.
Get up early to go by car for the sunrise. Around one hour drive you have a magnificent view on the terraces , the sun is coming over the mountains and it looks like ther is snow. This is the case in the winterperiod. In summer it is all green. After taking lots of pictures we go back direction Yuanyang and make a stop . We start a lovely walk through the terraces and meet some friendly people. We walk around 2 hours and we come to the village of Quingkou. . Hani house that look t like mushrooms and little children that look like angles. Time stands still again and the Unesco discovered some years ago that is should be on the heritance list. Waking back until the bus picks us up , in the afternoon free time to stroll along the little town.
We drive to the west, the first part of the trip takes us through some amazing landscapes. Terraces worth many pictures are just around every corner. Then suddenly it is over and the landscape will become less impressive. We will overnight in the sleepy town of Luchun
We continue our ride to Simao , a long trip. In the case there is a market on the ay we will stop. Simao is a modern city compared to Yuanyang but in the evening it is a nice place to walk.
Through huge teaplantages we drive to the mani city of the subtropical Xishuangbanna. The city is friendly and the Lancang( Mekong) river is a good source of water here. Along the streets you find many palmtrees. In the evening sip a beer in one of the few tourist cafes you find here.
Today we make a boatride on the Mekongriver. Tropical forest in abundance and very quiet. But wait until a big boat passes.The rubberboat has to go to the side of the river and wait for the waves. Adventure again. We stop for visiting one Daivillage and continue to the sleepy town of Ganlanba and lunch there , afterwards we take the public bus to Menlun , We spend the night inside the botanical garden .
In the morning time of leisure to see lots of flowers and trees and some nice waterways in between. We take the minibus back to Jinghong in the afternoon .
End of service , extention is always possible ,we remind you that there are 2 beautiful market with lots of colourful people .
-menghun market on sunday
-xiding market on thursday
accomodation in middle class hotel ,private car from Kunming to Jinghong ,public transportation around Jinghong,boat trip on the Mekong river ,English speaking guide during the whole trip
Entrance fee ,all meals ,
Price : € 575 per person based on 2 people sharing one room
Surcharge for single use of a room 95 euro price is base on the current exchange rate of 1euro=9.7yuan