6 Days Puer Ethnic Minorities and Local Markets Discovery Tour

There are nine ethnic minority autonomous counties in the city of Pu’er, and they are home to 14 native ethnic groups such as the Han, Hani, Yi, Lahu, Va and Dai. Ethnic minorities constitute about 61 percent of the population, and visitors are usually very curious about their culture. During this tour, you’ll experience the rich tropical atmosphere and the life of Wa, Lahu, etc.


  • Discover the native ethnic groups of Puer.
  • Explore the local market and experience the ethnic life.
  • Experience the rich tropical atmosphere.

Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Kunming – Jingmai – Ximeng
  • Day 2 Ximeng
  • Day 3 Ximeng
  • Day 4 Ximeng – Jingmai
  • Day 5 Jingmai – Lancang
  • Day 6 Departure from Lancang

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming-Jingmai-Ximeng

Sightseeing and Activities: Mengsuo Dragon Pond, Long Moye, Bu Yiji, Wa’s Banquet, Bonfire Party
Accommodation: Ximeng of Puer
Meals: Lunch

Likan Waterfall in Ximeng County, Puer

Fly to Jingmai from Kunming and then drive to Ximeng county, visiting “Yaluo” viewing platform during the driving. After lunch, visit Mengsuo Dragon Pond, Long Moye and Bu Yiji. Wa’s Banquet and Bonfire Party at night. 

–With independent cliff in the south and original forest around the other three sides, Mengsuo Dragon Pond is a subtropical scenery of natural wonders with a forest of trees and acacia beans, as well as rare wildlife. Long Moye is the most shocking cultural landscape in this area and the concrete embodiment of the original religion of Wa. Bu Yiji valley in the back mountain of Mengsuo Dragon Pond, natural together with Mengsuo Dragon Pond, Long Moye, Sigangli and Likan Waterfall constitute the unique landscape of Ximeng.

Day 2 Ximeng

Sightseeing and Activities: village of Wa, Wa Shanlin Lake, Roast Lamb, Bamboo Raft
Accommodation: Ximeng of Puer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast, drive to the village of Wa, and then head for Wa Shanlin Lake by water-buffalo(about 2 kilometers) to join in the picnic of Roast Whole Lamb by the lake. After lunch, visit Wa Shanlin Lake by taking bamboo raft, you can swim and play freely in the clear waters, then transfer back to Wa village. Dinner with Wa and sleep under the stars.

Day 3 Ximeng

Sightseeing and Activities: Learn outdoor survival skills, Fishing, Hot spring
Accommodation: Ximeng of Puer
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, pick up your belongings and walk through the original tropical rain forest(about 10-15 km), learn all kinds of outdoor knowledge and the skills of living in the wild, lunch on the way(solid food). Arrive at the river bank in the border of China and Myanmar in the afternoon, fishing and wild fruit picking under the guidance of leader, attend the”gourmet meals”, and experience the original and natural wild hot springs after a good rest, transfer back to Lahu village to rest. 

Day 4 Ximeng-Jingmai

Sightseeing and Activities: Make “Baba”, Play Peg-top, Dance and Sing Performance of Lahu Minority
Accommodation: Jingmai
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

After breakfast, learn to do “Baba”, play top and swing. Drive to old Dabao to watch song and dance performance of the Lahu nationality after lunch. Old Dabao is a typical Lahu village and still retains the traditional architecture of Ganlan style of Lahu. Head for Jingmai mountain for overnight.

Day 5 Jingmai-Lancang

Sightseeing and Activities: Watch sunrise, Jingmai Tea Garden, tea-related activities, Wengji Village, Jingmai Tea Garden
Accommodation: Lancang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Jingmai Ancient Tea Mountain in Lancang County, Puer

After breakfast, enjoy the fabulous sunrise in Jingmai mountain. With high elevation and great temperature difference in winter and spring, it forms a beautiful sea of clouds. Mangjing tea garden is the holy mountain in the heart of teaman. The tea tree staggered with towering trees, both the mountain and village, old tea with houses, forest and teaman are a harmonious and unified whole. You can experience some tea-related activities mainly from February to November, and personally making a cake of “pu ‘er tea” for family and friends under the guidance of teacher.

Free activities after lunch, and also you can visit Wengji Village and Jingmai Tea Garden

–Jingmai Tea Garden is honored as Key Cultural Relics Site Under the State Protection, Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems and World Heritage Sites. Here retains many cultural relics, such as Sadi Well, golden pond, golden tower, tea horse road, Buddha fountain, etc. After dinner, head for Lancang county for overnight.

Day 6 Departure from Lancang

Sightseeing and Activities: Departure from Lancang
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Head for Jingmai airport after breakfast, service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Ximeng / / Mijing Wazhai Rice Field Manor Local Guesthouse
Jingmai / Jingmai Bolian Resort & Spa  / Bulang Pricess Guesthouse
Lancang / Hualong Hotel Lancang Hailan Hotel Bulang Yune Guesthouse

Service Included:

  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Admission fees and experimental project for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Equipment Fee including related prop, working vehicle, safety equipment, etc. Insurance fee(Yunnan Special outdoor sports combination insurance);
  • 2 bottle of mineral water/per person/per day;
  • Service fee.

Service Excluded:

  • Round Trip Ticket to and from Xishuangbanna;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff;
  • 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.