6 Days Lincang Minority Discovery Tour with the Ancient Villages in Fengqing and the Wa Ethnic Culture of Cangyuan

Show you around one of the three largest and most mysterious ancient town in China “Lushi old town” to experience the ancient tea horse road routes, taste the specialty foods, admire the plateau lakes “Xiaowan” and all stone-made village“Tangfang village”, as well as the traditional village “Gumo village”, visit the last primitive tribe of China “Wengding primitive tribe” and one of the oldest rock paintings “Cangyuan rock painting” ever discovered in China.


  • Discover the ancient villages and Wa ethnic culture.
  • Appreciate the charming landscape of Lincang.
  • Explore and learn the rock painting of Cangyuan.

Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Lincang-Fengqing
  • Day 2 Fengqing
  • Day 3 Fengqing-Yunxian
  • Day 4 Yunxian-Gengma-Cangyuan
  • Day 5 Cangyuan
  • Day 6 Cangyuan Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Lincang-Fengqing

Sightseeing and Activities: Taste the delicacies of Yunnan
Accommodation: Fengqing
Meals: Lunch

You will head to Lincang by plane or by train, and then go to the hotel in Fengqing county to check in. Then free activity. You can taste the delicacies of Yunnan: the characteristics of stinky tofu, a bowl of delicious rice noodle, all kinds of fresh fruit juice, all dazzling Yunnan snacks and hundreds of varieties for your choice, at the same time feel the ethnic flavor!

Day 2 Fengqing

Sightseeing and Activities: Lushi Ancient Town, Tangfang Village
Accommodation: Fengqing
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, set off for Fengqing for Lushi ancient town, passing through the long lake and crossing the bridge in Mang street, you can taste the special river fish, also take the yacht to admire the scenery of lake and the mountain, and enjoy the plateau lake “xiaowan”; then visit Lushi ancient town to experience the route of the ancient tea horse road and taste the authentic farmhouse food! Visit the village of Tangfang in the afternoon.

Day 3 Fengqing-Yunxian

Sightseeing and Activities: Gumo Village, Yunxian County
Accommodation: Yunxian
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Gumo Village in Fengqing County, Lincang

Start from hotel to Gumo village in the morning, belonging to Shili township, Fengqing county, Lincang city, yunnan province, which won the prize of “China traditional village“, “China summer town in 2013 ”as its better preserved ancient mill group, clear and exquisite lover river, unique stone houses, ecological and livable environment and rich folk customs.

From Gumo village to Yunxian county in the afternoon, you can enjoy the most authentic native chicken rice noodle, which looks unassuming and senses not so good especially for its micro black color and lustre of chicken, but aroma overflowing , the thick and fresh sweet soup, the tender meat, neither greasy nor dry, delicious and exquisite, smooth and fragrant, leads people to endless aftertastes .

Day 4 Yunxian-Gengma-Cangyuan

Sightseeing and Activities: Experience Tea Processing, Cangyuan Rock Paintings, Thousand-meter Picturesque Gallery
Accommodation: Cangyuan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Cangyuan Cliff Painting, Lincang

From Yunxian county to Cangyuan (about 4 hours) in the morning, through Gengma county and Mengyong county, you can go to Gengma to make tea and experience the life of farmers. Arrive at Cangyuan in the afternoon to visit ancient rock painting of Wa ethnic people and Chinese painting corridor in kilometers, appreciate the beauty of the mountain and the Wa! The unique ancient rock paintings, including weddings, hunting, sacrifice and other varieties of life in content, are drawn by ore powder and animal blood, preserved through three thousand years of wind and rain, which have high artistic and historical value.

Day 5 Cangyuan

Sightseeing and Activities: Guangyunmian Temple, Wengding Village
Accommodation: Cangyuan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Wengding Village in Cangyuan County, Lincang

After breakfast, go to Guangyun Buddhist Temple. Visit Wengding village in the afternoon and experience the life of primitive tribe.

Guangyun Buddhist Temple located in the north of Mengdong street in Cangyuan county , commonly known as “School Myanmar Temple”, was built in the Qing dynasty. As a Buddhist building of Theravada Buddhism, it is one of the temples with most influence to Theravada Buddhism in southwest of Yunnan province. The style of Temple architecture, mainly influenced by the Han, which retains the form of Theravada Buddhism’s temple , is the organic combination of architectural appearance of Han’s and interior decoration of Dai’s , unique in style of architecture arts . The wood carving in the Guangyun Buddhist Temple, besides the two dragons in front of the door, all the doors and windows are engraved patterns with extremely fine craftsmanship .The interior wall of the hall is painted with 10 mural paintings. The murals are mostly ink-lined and refilled with color, whose style and technique are similar to those of the mainland in Ming and Qing dynasties. Most of the buildings in the painting are multiple eave hiped-roof, which belongs to the architecture style of Han, while the characters are officials, women, soldiers and attendants, etc., different clothing to different ethnic groups. Among them, the warrior wears a crown and a jacket with narrowed horseshoe-shaped cuffs , which is the typical clothing of Qing dynasty .

Guangyun Buddhist Temple, also known as “School Myanmar Temple”, is located in Mengdong town, Cangyuan Wa autonomous county in Yunnan province. Namely the buddhist temple, built in the early years of Qingdaoguang, now only exists in the great hall and the second door. The wood structure style in the hall is triple eave hiped-roof, with six golden pillars juxtaposed inside and painted patterns decorated on the beams .The walls inside the temple are painted with murals, mostly painted with ink outlines and then refilling. The style techniques are similar to those of the mainland in Ming and Qing dynasties.

In the Wa’s language, Wengding is the meaning of “misty villages”.It has been known that this is a relatively primitive Wa’s village. After the founding of new China, it has completed the transition from primitive society to socialist society. The primitive worship has made this place still full of mystery. Before 1957, with the custom of “headhunters to worship” for the sake of good harvest of grain, every Wa village will capture a grown man from other villages before sowing, then sacrifice his head to the Harvest God. Today the pile for sacrificing heads strewn at random can also be seen in the village.

Day 6 Cangyuan Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Departure from Cangyuan
Meals: Breakfast

Today, pick you up at hotel and transfer to Cangyuan airport. Service ends. 

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Fengqing / / / Local Guesthouse
Yunxian County / / Sanjiang Peninsula Hotel Cangjiang Pearl Hotel
Cangyuan / / Jinwa Hotel Cangyuan Yinfeng 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;
  • Domestic train tickets of soft sleeper.

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.

Travel Tips:

  • Visitors are advised to always carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night.
  • The climate is relatively dry, so drink more water every day.
  • Protecting oneself from strong UV radiation at high altitude.
  • Protecting oneself from altitude sickness. Lessen the effects of altitude sickness, avoid strenuous exercise and have plenty of rest. 
  • Respect local customs , habits, and religious beliefs.