10 Days Southeast Yunnan Family Tour with Ethnic Culture, Rice Terraces, Mushroom House & Butterfly Valley

It is better to learn more by travelling a thousand miles than by reading a thousand books; from the camp, children will make friends, learn to do things by themselves, and show their care to others, the parent-child relationship will be improved through activities of experiencing ethnic culture, tasting local food and appreciating unique beauty.

Highlights:

  • Step into ethnic village to familiar ethnic people’s life and culture.
  • Celebrate many triditional festivals with local people.
  • Be amazed at Mushroom house, Terraced field.
  • Have fun in countryside: primeval forest, grand valley, waterfalls, harvesting bananas, catching fish.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming – Yuxi – Tonghai – Mushan Village
  • Day 3: Mushan Village – Jianshui
  • Day 4: Jianshui – Gejiu – Yuanyang
  • Day 5: Pugao Laozhai – Pugao Laozhai
  • Day 6: Yuanyang – Mandi Town – Butterfly Valley
  • Day 7: Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town
  • Day 8: Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town – Mengzi – Shilin
  • Day 9: Shilin – Nuohei Stony Village – Kunming
  • Day 10: Kunming Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Kunming
Accommodation:Kunming
Meals:None

Pick up from the airport, check in to the hotel.
Placed recommended for free time activities: Yunnan Military Academy, Southwest Associated University, Railway Museum.

Day 2 Kunming-Yuxi-Tonghai-Mushan Village

Sightseeing and Activities:Kunming-Yuxi-Tonghai-Mushan Village
Accommodation:Shiping
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

[Opening ceremony]  Grouping, distributing stuffs, introducing to each other 
[Welcomed by Hauyao Yi Women’s  Dragon Dance] Leave from Kunming to Mushan Village, welcomed by Hauyao Yi Women’s Dragon Dance.  Mushan Village is in Shaochong Town, Shiping County of Honghe Hani Prefecture, Yunnan Province, cradle of  Women’s Dragon Dance, shooting place of the movie Huayao Bride. The Hauyao Yi Women’s Dragon Dance was in the performance for the closing ceremony of 2008 Olympic and 2016 Online Spring Festival Gala. Every year, Huayaodai Ethnic People will celebrate the Dragon Worship (Jilong) Festival in Mushan Village, there are a lot of tourists coming here from different corner of the world at that time.
[Forming pairs ]make new friends through the pair-forming ceremony hosted by the inheritor of Huayao Yi Intangible Cultural Heritage.
[Pine Leaf Feast] Welcoming dishes of Yi flavor. Yi people say only by sitting on the pine leaf mat can you feel the festival, the pine leaf mat is indispensable stuff for Spring Festival, implying good willingness for the year around.
Move in to the pair partner’s house Visit the pair partner’s house.
[Picking mushrooms] Pick mushrooms in mountains, there will be an introduction to common sense of mushrooms made on the bus to the mountain 
[Huayao Yi ethnic folk art]  Learn traditional Yi performances, Yanhe Dance, Hai Cai Accent, Dragon Dance, etc., and play with children live in the village to promote friendship. 
Picnic on Tuolonghei Lakeside (shooting place of movie Huayao Bride) under the setting sun, taste local flavors
Rest time Return to Mushan village for rest, then go to village square to learn embroidery and paper cutting.
[Huayao Yi party] villager team and our team members take turns to give performances, Party performance includes  Hai Cai Accent, Women’s  Dragon Dance, Yanhe Dance,
Rest time Escort the children to their partner’s house for rest.

Day 3 Mushan Village-Jianshui

Sightseeing and Activities:Mushan Village – Jianshui
Accommodation:Jianshui
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

[Breakfast in partner’s family] Breakfast in partner’s family, then gather at the village square.
[Ethnic Class] Two classes in the local primary school: one class given by the local school teacher to learn about the local customs and ethnic language, another class is given by our team staff (or parents), the class content is decided by parents and teacher through consultation, and prepare it in advance. Play interactive games with pair partner, and do some parent-child games.
[Feeding livestock] [Climbing Soil Palm House] Feed chickens, pigs, cattle and other livestock, experience close contact with the animals. The soil palm house is important production and living site of local people, and is also an “air lane”.
[Shiping Tofu Feast] Shiping speciality dinner party. Shiping Tofu is reported in CCTV programs with its world-famous fame.
Proceed to Jianshui Proceed to Jianshui by bus 
[Ceremony of coming age of children ] Or First Writing Ceremony at Confucius’ Temple Arrive at Confucius’ Temple, dress up in Hanfu (traditional clothes of Han people), attend the ceremony of coming age of children (9-12 years old), or First Writing Ceremony (5-8 years old), express appreciations to parent and let the dream fly.
Rituals: 1 wash hands with water from holy well, pray at Lingxing gate; 2 show respect to Saints; 3 learn to dress properly; 4 learn to be thankful and determined;5 bright the heart for future;6 show respect to patron saint;7 awarding certificate and make conclusion.
After the rituals, members can visit Jianshui  Confucius’ Temple – the second largest of China on your own. If the children are too young, only the First Writing Ceremony is arranged.
Reminder: with group members less than 15, the schedule is replaced by visiting the Confucius’ Temple  
[Exploration at Jianshui Ancient Town] Dinner  on you own Exploring at the living ancient town – Jianshui Ancient Town. Try some specialties on your own.
[Check in to hotel]  Check in to Lin An Hotel or Zhu Jia Hua Yuan Inn. Then free time to travel through Jianshui Ancient Town.

Day 4 Jianshui-Gejiu-Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:Gejiu Tin Culture Creative Industry Park.
Accommodation:Yuanyang
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

Head for Gejiu City which is the capital of Tin culture, pay a visit to Gejiu Tin Culture Creative Industry Park.
[Spot Tin Craft] or Shadian Mosque Listen to a lecture on tin culture to get an overall understanding of its history and use in daily life, and watch the craftsman doing art crafts. Children make the first spot tin craft with help of the craftsman and parents. Visit spot tin craft hall. In case of closing due to holiday off or other reasons, visit the First Largest Mosque in Asia. Shadian Mosque (please respect the minority faith.

Drive along the Red River(Honghe River), we visit Abang Village which is inhabited by Dai Ethnic People listed as one of the Traditional Ethnic Villages by Chinese gorvernment.

Transfer to Yuanyang in the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset view of Laohuzui Rice Terraces. Drive to Duoyishu and stay in Pugao Laozhai Village today.

Enjoy the bonfire party with local Yi and Hani ethnic people in Pugao Laozhai Village.

Day 5 Pugao Laozhai-Xinzhai-Houzizhai-Duoyishu Xiazhai-Azheke-Niuluopu-Pugao Laozhai

Sightseeing and Activities:The sunrise view of Duoyishu Rice Terraces,Pugao Laozhai Village,Xinzhai Village,Houzizhai Village,Duoyishu Xiazhai Village,Azheke Village,Niuluopu Village,Pingan Village
Accommodation:Pugao Laozhai
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

The hiking route is Pugaolaozhai village-Xinzhai-Houzizhai Village-Duoyishu Xiazhai Village-Azheke Village-Niuluopu Village-Pingan Village. Along the way, enjoy the more than 9,000 acres of Hani Rice Terraces with mushroom-shaped house, sacrifice house, water-powered roller, the sacred forest of the village.

We will learn how to make the embroidery with local Yi ethnic women in Azheke Village.

Duoyishu Village is the best place to enjoy the sunrise of Yuanyang Rice Terrace Fields when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. The terraced fields are ring upon ring and cascade one by one. They go along the hillside up to the sky. You will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular.

Day 6 Yuanyang-Mandi Town-Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town

Sightseeing and Activities:Yuanyang-Mandi Town-Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town
Accommodation:Maandi Town
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

Transfer from Yuanyang to Jinping County which is the border county of China and Vietnam.
Proceed to Butterfly Valley Proceeding along the river surrounded by mountains, with beautiful scenery on the way.
[Hani Terraced Field Culture, Climbing the Terraced Field, Visit Biaoshuiyan Waterfall, Paint Eggshell Join sacrifice ceremony, travel through villages, visit mushroom house, climb the terraced field], visit waterfall and paint eggshell, with the guide of little native friend.
The terraced filed is masterpiece of Hani people. The waterfalls 200 meter. There are many “Mushroom Houses” on the hillside.
[Hani Long Street Banquet]As a custom of Hani people in October, the Long Street Banquet is a feast for blessing purpose. The foods at the banquet all represent good blessing to each other.4

Day 7 Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town

Sightseeing and Activities:Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town
Accommodation:Maandi Town
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

[Charity class]  Visit local primary school, have a class together the local students, and exchange gifts with them. Your donation of books,stationery and sporting goods is appreciated.  
[Flora and Fauna Class] Climb Ladenghe Waterfall to experience the tropical rain forest and give a hands-on lesson about the plants in the forest.
[Leaf Feast of Yao], Harvesting Bananas, Catching Fish Taste the Leaf Feast of Yao nationality. Field work in harvesting bananas or have fun in catching fish.
[Butterfly Class], Make Butterfly Specimen Lecture on butterfly, learn to make butterfly specimen and butterfly meal.
[Butterfly Feast] Taste mysterious butterfly feast. No annotation, get to know it when you come at site.
[Butterfly Exhibition Hall] Get an understanding of the valley, and learn the difference between butterfly and moth.
Rest time Back to Mushroom house for a rest or free time at the village.

Day 8 Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town-Mengzi-Shilin

Sightseeing and Activities:Butterfly Valley in Maandi Town-Mengzi-Shilin
Accommodation:Shilin
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

[Getting  through trench] The trench built for the war resisting Vietnam still tells the histories.
[China-Vietnam border]Take photos with the Vietnam boundary tablet, you can buy some special Vietnam commodities if it happens to be market day. 
[Yi Flavor Feast in Butterfly Valley] Enjoy Yi flavor dishes with Yi people in the valley, with surrounding of stream, beach and forest.
Proceed to Mengzi Proceed to the strategic town on Yunnan-Vietnam railway – Bise Village, have a rest on bus.
[Afternoon Tea of Yunnan-Vietnam Style] Visit Bise Village, listen to the stories happened long time ago, taste afternoon tea of Mengzi flavor 
 [Closing Ceremony] Taste local food

Day 9 Shilin-Nuohei Stony Village-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Shilin-Nuohei Stony Village-Kunming
Accommodation:Kunming
Meals:Breakfast and Lunch 

  • 08:30-10:00: Visit the Stone Forest.
  • 10:00-11:00: Drive to the Nuonei Village.
  • 11:00-12:00: Upon arrival, welcome ceremony by the local Yi people.
  • 12:00-12:30:
  1. have a discussion meeting with the local villagers to know about the history of this village, the traditional culture of the Yi people , the daily life status of the local villagers;
  2. have a visit of the stone tiles-roof house of Yi People and the local Farm museum in the village;
  • 12:30-13:30: Have the special Yi style lunch.
  • 13:30-15:00: Help the local people to do the farm work such as how to ferment the fertilize for sowing, dinning, and how to planting tobacco or corn.
  • 15:00-15:30: Enjoy the performance “Drilling wood to make fire”.

Return to Kunming in the afternoon.

Day 10 Departure from Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Dounan Flower Market
Accommodation:None
Meals:Breakfast

Transfer to Dounan Flowers Market, which is the largest fresh flower trading market in China.
[Flower art class] Shopping in the flower market to buy some fresh flowers for the flower art lesson. You can take the flower art craft away as a gift for your family
[Dounan Flower Feast] Enjoy the flower feast
Escort to airport Please ensure your reserved flight is at a departure time after 15:00 pm for our convenience of escorting you to airport.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Kunming Kunming Junle Hotel Kunming Jinjiang Hotel Kunming Baiyun Hotel Kunming Yijia Hostel
Pugao Laozhai / / / Local Guesthouse
Yuanyang Yuanyang No.12 Manor Yunti Hotel Cloud Hotel Yuanyang Chayuan Hostel
Shilin Shilin Bolian Hotel Yew Lake Spa Hotel A Shi Ma Business Hotel Shilin Yimei Hostel
Maandi Town / / / Local Guesthouse

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.