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Tour Overview

Discover the enchanting 5-day Kunming-Xishuangbanna tour, an immersive Yunnan experience. Explore Kunming’s iconic Green Lake and surreal Stone Forest. Immerse yourself in the rich Dai culture at Minority Park and stroll through Xishuangbanna’s tropical botanical haven. Encounter wild elephants at Wild Elephant Valley and find serenity in Manting Park. Engage in tea-picking amid Nannuo Tea Mountain’s ancient heritage. This immersive adventure offers cultural treasures, natural marvels, and unique experiences in the heart of Yunnan.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Explore Kunming’s serene Green Lake, where locals gather for leisure, surrounded by urban tranquility.
2. Step into the surreal Stone Forest, its towering limestone formations a testament to nature’s artistic prowess.
3. Immerse yourself in Dai Minority Park, discovering the vibrant customs and traditions of the Dai people.
4. Wander through Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, a paradise of exotic flora and verdant beauty.
5. Witness wild elephants in their natural habitat at Wild Elephant Valley, an eco-sanctuary of awe-inspiring encounters.
6. Unwind in Manting Park’s serene ambiance, a haven of peace blending nature and culture.
7. Pick tea leaves from Nannuo Tea Mountain’s ancient King Tea Tree, savoring the essence of Yunnan’s tea heritage.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province, known for its pleasant climate and diverse culture. Upon your arrival, you'll be met at the airport by a guide who will assist with your transfer to the hotel.

    If you arrive early, take advantage of the day by exploring some of Kunming's iconic sites:

    Yuantong Temple: A hidden gem nestled in the heart of the city, featuring traditional architecture, ornate sculptures, and serene courtyards.

    Kunming Green Lake: A picturesque urban park where locals gather for morning exercises, boating, and leisurely strolls.

    After your self-guided exploration, settle into your hotel and enjoy a relaxing evening.

    Meal: N/A

    Accommodation: in Kunming

    Kunming Green Lake Park
    Lotus Flowers in Green Lake Park

  2. After a delicious breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to the Stone Forest, a surreal landscape of towering limestone formations shaped by centuries of erosion. Explore both the Greater Stone Forest and the Lesser Stone Forest, each offering distinct geological wonders and breathtaking views.

    Kunming Stone Forest
    Stone Forest

    Enjoy a packed lunch amidst this natural wonder before proceeding to the train station.

    Catch a high-speed train to Xishuangbanna, where a local guide will welcome you and arrange your transfer to the hotel.

    As the day turns to evening, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Gaozhuang Night Market, savoring local street food and enjoying the bustling atmosphere.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Jinghong

    Xishuangbanna-Gaozhuang Night Market Yunnan
    Vibrant Gaozhuang Night Market

  3. Begin the day with a visit to Dai Minority Park, an immersive experience of the traditions and lifestyle of the Dai people. Admire their distinct architecture, vibrant costumes, and unique customs.

    Journey to the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, an expansive botanical haven showcasing diverse plant species from the region. We will visit the West Area, stroll along shaded pathways, cross bamboo bridges, and witness rare flora.

    Xishuangbanna-Tropical Botanical Garden Yunnan
    Tropical Botanical Garden

    Enjoy a leisurely afternoon exploring the garden's exhibits, conservatories, and lush landscapes.

    Return to your hotel, where you can relax and reflect on the cultural and natural discoveries of the day.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Jinghong

  4. Set out for an adventure-filled day at Wild Elephant Valley, an ecotourism destination dedicated to the conservation of Asian elephants.

    Xishuangbanna-Wild Elephant Valley Yunnan
    Wild Elephant Valley

    Glide above the canopy in a cable car, taking in panoramic views of the surrounding rainforest.

    Embark on a guided hike into the wilderness, led by experienced guides who will help you spot wild elephants in their natural habitat.

    Visit the Museum of the Asian Elephant, where interactive exhibits offer insights into the biology, behavior, and conservation efforts for these magnificent creatures.

    Delight in encounters with other wildlife, including monkeys and pythons, as you explore the valley's diverse ecosystem.

    Return to your hotel, relishing the memories of this unique wildlife experience.

    Meal: Breakfast + Lunch

    Accommodation: in Jinghong

  5. Begin the day with a visit to Manting Park, a serene oasis blending traditional Chinese garden design with tropical plant species. Stroll through well-manicured landscapes and tranquil ponds.

    Explore the historic Zongfosi Temple, an architectural masterpiece boasting intricate carvings and a sense of spiritual serenity.

    Manting Park Zongfo Temple
    Explore the ancient Buddhist Monastery

    Embark on a scenic drive to Nannuo Tea Mountain, where you'll encounter the King Tea Tree - a testament to the region's tea heritage. If your visit falls between April and October, engage in a hands-on tea-picking experience (at additional cost). Learn from local tea farmers and participate in the age-old tradition of harvesting tea leaves.

    Conclude your Kunming-Xishuangbanna trip with the guide escorting you to the airport or train station, bidding you farewell as you continue your travels.

    Meal: Breakfast

    Accommodation: N/A

    Xishuangbanna-Nannuo Mountain Yunnan
    800-year-old "King of Tea Trees" on Nannuo Mountain

Tour Price ($=USD)

From $919 P.P, which is based on a private tour for 2 people. The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel.

 

Price Includes

  • 4 nights' accommodation in well-selected hotels;
  • Meals listed in the itinerary;
  • Private air-conditioned vehicle with licensed drivers;
  • Excellent local English-speaking tour guides services as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Second-class high-speed train tickets listed in the itinerary;
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance.

Price Excludes

  • Flight/train tickets to Kunming / off Xishuangbanna;
  • Any optional activities inside the attractions;
  • Any item not mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • All kinds of gratuities for guides, drivers & others.
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