6 Days XishuangBanna Tropical Forest and Jingmai Ancient Tea Mountain Hiking Tour

There are two green lungs existing in the whole world: one in Amazon while another in Xishuangbanna. With a long summer and no winter all year around, Xishuangbanna has been reputed to be not only the Kingdom of rare animals, plants and fruit, but also a tourist city with the largest number of class 5A tourist spots: the Original Forest Park, the Tropical Botanical Garden, Wild Elephant Valley, Dai Village, Olive Dame, Wangtianshu Scenic Area and Jinuoshan Mountain, etc.

Highlights:

  • Explore enchanting tropical rain forest to feel the wonder of nature.
  • Familiar how to make tea and visit Jingmai Tea Mountain.
  • Try hiking tour and lose yourself into marvelous scenery.
  • Step into ethnic village to feel  ethnic minority’s culture and mysterious atmosphere.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Jinghong Arrival
  • Day 2: Jinghong – Mengla – Nanlahe River 
  • Day 3: Nanlahei River – Jinghong
  • Day 4: Jinghong – Menghai – Jingmai
  • Day 5: Jingmai Tea Mountain
  • Day 6: Jinghong Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities: Arrive in Jinghong
Accommodation: Jinghong Boutique Theme Hotel/Inn
Meals: Dinner( welcoming dinner)

Upon your arrival, your guide will meet you at arrival hall in the airport. Transfer to your hotel to check in and relax.

18:00—19:00: Welcoming special Dai food. Shalini (沙哩哩) says hello to you.

19:00—21:00: Free time to explore the beautiful scenery and southeast-style night market of Gaozhuangxishuangjing(name in Dai language means nine towers and twelve villages in Chinese), also known as small Chiangmai.

21:00—22:00: Back to hotel.

Day 2 Jinghong – Mengla – Wangtianshu – Nanlahe River

Sightseeing and Activities: Jinghong-Mengla-Wangtianshu-Hiking through the Rainforest-Nanlahe River
Accommodation: Riverside Theme Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

07:00—08:00: get up for breakfast and meet together in the hall.

08:00—10:30: drive through the national nature reserve to Wangtianshu Scenic Area in Mengla County.

10:30—12:00: treck through the Philip path about 3 hours to experience the mysterious rainforest with some sightseeing of trees and birds and some collections of animals’ and plants’ specimen. The path in the rainforest, with enormous trees and sounding stream alongside, is long and winding which will make you truly feel the magic and beauty of the nature. Wangtianshu is more than 80 meters in height and you can walk through the flexible and frightening air corridors which were hung in the air.

12:00—14:00: lunch at Avatar scenic spot(Dai food——glutinous rice).

14:00—14:30: transfer to Yequ ( 野趣 means have fun in the wild) Campsite in Nanla.

14:30—16:30: visit Manglongle village (曼龙勒) of Dai people, visit their folk houses; look for tropical fruits such as dragonfruit, carabola, jackfruit, pawpaw, banana, bullock’s-heart, tamarind fruit, coconut and mango, etc;  play Gaosheng (a kind of firework usually played at the New Year of Dai people); visit traditional weaving and visit a Dai family.

16:30—19:00: have a short break and eat dinner(a self-help barbecue along the river).

19:00—21:00: study on the night habits of animals and plants, have a free discuss about unfamiliar animals and plants. 

21:00: back to hotel.

Day 3 Nanlahei River – Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities: Nanlahei River-Jinghong
Accommodation: Jinghong Boutique Hotel/Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

07:00—08:00:  get up for breakfast and meet together in the hall

08:00—11:00: learn about canoeing technique,  safety instruction, rafting, diving, get skilled at canoeing and Water Sports.

11:00—12:00: land, take a shower and change clothes to prevent from cold.

12:00—14:00: drive back to Jinghong.

14:00—17:00: visit Zongfosi Temple(总佛寺) which is the headquarters of  Xishuangbanna Theravada Buddhism, take part in the blessing of bolt line ritual and chant sutras to get a better understanding of the relationship between the Zongfosi and the people of Xishuangbanna.

17:00—18:00: Dinner (Dai food–hotpot).

18:00—19:00: back to hotel.

Day 4 Jinghong – Menghai – Jingmai

Sightseeing and Activities: Jinghong-Menghai-Jingmai
Accommodation: the Princess Brown Inn
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

08:00—09:00: get up for breakfast and check-out, then meet together in the hall 

09:00—10:30: drve to the local Hani ethnic market of Nannuoshan Mountain (南糯山), you can have a look of their saling products which all come from the mountain–tea cream, dendrobe, wild mushroom, olives, bamboo shoots and sour bamboo shoots, etc. You can see their life styles and cultures through the market.

10:30—12:00: drive to Huimin Ecology Village, the residence of  Lahu people. You can see the differences between Lahu people with Hani, Bulang and Wa people in the terms of culture and building. 

12:00—13:00: lunch (in the Ecology Village). Then, pick some eggs in the tea plantation and pick fresh fruits and vegetables to get ready for cooking the dinner by yourselves.

13:00—15:00: drive to the residence of Bulang people and check in the Princess Brown Inn. You can chat with the Bulangs with a cup of tea and they may tell you the story of Bulang people and Puer Tea.

16:30—20:00: drive to the ancient village of Bulang people–Wengji (翁基) Ancient Village, stroll around the village and visit a local family. You can cook your delicious dinner in their traditional kitchen while the kids can go to feed their pigs with your guide, play with local children and visit other families. After dinner, go to a local tea house for a cup of tea and watch the sunset.  

20:00—21:00: back to the Princess Brown Inn, have a nice chat about the customs, history and culture of Bulang people, you can also get to know some thing about their Nver Tea (Nver means daughter in Chinese).

21:00—22:00: back to relax.

Day 5 Jingmai Tea Mountain

Sightseeing and Activities: Jingmai Tea Mountain, Aileng Mountain Hiking, Wengji Ancient Village
Accommodation: Mid-hill Villa of Kangxin Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

08:30—09:30: get up and have a breakfast.

09:30—11:00:  enjoy a hike in the ancient tea plantation of Aileng Mountain (艾冷山) to know the old story about the platation and the relationship between Bulang people and Puer Tea. The Aileng Mountain is named by the leader of Bulang People and you can get a better understanding of the origination of Puer Tea by this hiking tour.  

11:00—12:30: drive to a local family of Jingmai.

12:30—13:30: enjoy the specialty of Jingmai Mountain–the tea meal. 

13:30—15:00: leave for Kangxin Hotel.

16:00—21:00:  drive to a Lahu village–Laodabao Village (老达保拉祜族村寨). It is the only believer of Christian among Lahu villages in China owing to the industrious preacher. The preacher also brought latin letters, music and church to them. Laodabao village is also the only Lahu village which owns their own writing language. You can appreciate their primitive wooden houses and solemn church in the village.  

After that, have dinner ( chicken porridge and barbecue of Lahu style). After dinner, lean some Lahu  songs and dances, watch a Lusheng dance show performed by Lahu people around a campfire. 

21:00: back to hotel.

Day 6 Jingmai – Jinghong and Departure

Sightseeing and Activities: Jingmai-Jinghong and Departure
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

09:00—09:30: get up and have a breakfast.

09:30—11:30: drive to Bolian Puer Manor, you can watch the making process of Puer Tea and kids can make a tea cake as a souvenir. 

11:30—12:30: lunch (Lahu specialty).

12:30—15:30: drive to airport for departure.

Recommended Hotels

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Jinghong Jinhong Qixi Hotel  Jinghong Ninty-Seven Daiyun Theme Hotel  Fanyin Shuyuan Hotel  Jinghong Daixiang Vocational Hotel 

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.