3 Days Yi Ethnic Minority’s Hualian Festival Tour Held in Puzhehei

Hualian means to enforce somebody to wear collies. Hualian Festival is special of Yi Minority in Qiubei County, Wenshan Prefecture. Yis there also claim themselves to be Sani branch like that in the Stone Forest. Yi ancestors in Qiubei were said to wear black collies on their faces to drive away evil spirits thus Hualian Festival was brought forth, and it has become a golden opportunity for young generation to develop new romances because they could, on that day, “mark the faces” to express love.


  • Enjoy the beautiful scenneries of Puzhehei.
  • Take part in the special Huanlian Festival.
  • Meet diverse ethnic culturesof Yi, Bai, Huang and Yao.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming – Puzhehei
  • Day 2: Puzhehei
  • Day 3: Puzhehei – Kunming

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming-Puzhehei

Sightseeing and Activities:Boat Cruise, Qinglongshan Mountain, Torch Cave and Kwan-yin Cave, Local Show

This morning, drive to Kunming train station, then take the speed train to Puzhehei. After arrival, drive to Puzhehei Scenic Resort,  take a small boat to visit the Karst landscape and lakes, enjoy the local rurality. During your boat cruise, you will see large scale of lotus flowers on the lake. Then disembark at the Qinglongshan wharf and climb Qinglongshan Mountain to see the panorama of Puzhehei. After that, walk to visit the Torch Cave and Kwan-yin Cave. 

In the evening, you will watch a local show performed by ethnic minorities, such as Yi Minority, Bai Minority and Yao Minority. 

-Puzhehei in northwest Qiubei County is a fairyland from which visitor can have a panoramic view of clear lakes and pond full of lotus, emerald mountains and enchanting karst landscape. This charming country is also an ideal place to view the pomp in festivals of the Yao, Miao, Huang and Yi minorities. July to August is the best time to admire the most beautiful country landscape of Puzhehei, because the lotus blossoms are in their florescence.

Day 2 Puzhehei

Sightseeing and Activities:Swan Lake, Bijiaoshang Mountain, Hualian Festival

Swan lake in Puzhehei, Wenshan

This morning, visit some villages in the scenic area to experience local life. Then visit the “Swan Lake” and watch the “Release of Swans”. 

After lunch, drive to Bijiashan Mountain(笔架山) to attend the “Opening Ceremony of Hualian Festival”.  Then watch the local shows. After the shows, you will start to join the carnival group to celebrate Hualian Festival. People will paint the faces of other people for them to express best wishes by daubing straw ash on face to get good luck.

After the celebration, drive back to hotel. 

Day 3 Puzhehei-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Caihuaqin

This morning, you can trek about 5 km to visit Caihuaqing(菜花箐), a quiet , rustic and ecological village where Miao minority people live.  After lunch, drive to Puzheihei train station and take the speed train to Kunming City. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels

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Kunming Sofitel Hotel Jingjiang Hotel Long Teng Hotel Tu Tu Inn
Puzhehei / Yi Da Inn /

Puzhehei Guyue Lakeview Inn

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation with breakfast as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day;
  • 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 insurance;
  • All optional programs.