6 Days XishuangBanna Yiwu Mountain Tea Culture Hiking Tour

If you’re a lover of tea and have a passion for outdoor travel, to explore the source of Tea&Horse Roads, experience Xishuangbanna Puer tea culture and folk customs there can be good choices. And the ancient six major tea mountains must be the sites you can not miss. Dai ethnic, Hani ethinic, Yi ethnic, Jinuo ethnic and Yao ethnic are scattered in the mountains. Every ethnic has its own tea custom.

Highlights:

  • Experience the tea-making and taste puer tea.
  • Fully appreciate puer tea culture and ethnic custom.
  • Meet the fantastic scenery on the way.

Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Arrive in Jinghong
  • Day 2 Jinghong-Yiwu
  • Day 3 Yiwu-Yibang 
  • Day 4 Yibang-Kongming Mountain
  • Day 5 Kongming Mountain-Menglun Town
  • Day 6 Menglun-Jinghong

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities: Arrive in Jinghong
Accommodation: Jinghong
Meals: Lunch

Arrive in Jinghong. The local guide and driver will pick your up from airport and transfer to your hotel in Jinghong.

Day 2 Jinghong-Yiwu

Sightseeing and Activities: Yiwu Old Town, the traditional workshop of Puer Tea, Confucious’ temple, Luoshui Cave, Mahei Ancient Tea Garden
Accommodation: Yiwu 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive about 2.5 hours from Jinghong to Yiwu Town. After lunch at Yiwu, visit Yiwu Old Town and the traditional workshop of Puer Tea.Pay a visit to Confucious’s Temple and the old teaman. Later take the ride to Luoshui Cave and Mahei Ancient Tea Garden. Experience tea picking and learn to make tea at the tea farmera’ home. 

Back to Yiwu for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 Yiwu-Xiangming-Yibang

Sightseeing and Activities: Yiwu Old Town, Manzhuan Tea Mountain, Yibang Old Town, Hike
Accommodation: Tea farmer’s home
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Morning, stroll along the Yiwu Old Town and enjoy the wreathed mist and sunrise. After breakfast, drive to Xiangming and visit Manzhuan Tea Mountain on the way. Have lunch at Xiangming and move on to Yibang. Hike around the old town and the nearby tea hill. Have dinner and stay overnight at the tea farmer’s home.

Day 4 Yibang-Mangzhi-Gedeng Tea Mountain-Xinfa Village-Kongming Mountain

Sightseeing and Activities: Mangzhi and Gedeng Tea Mountain, Kongming Mountain, buffet barbecue
Accommodation: Tea farmer’s home
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart from Yibang to Mangzhi and Gedeng Tea Mountain for a visit. Have lunch at farmer’s home at Xinfazhai. Then drive to Kongming Mountain and visit Kongming grass slope and virgin forest. Enjoy the sunset of Kongming Mountain. Have simple buffet barbecue for dinner and the bonfire party will be held after nightfall. Stay overnight at farmer’s home or in tent.

Day 5 Kongming Mountain-Menglun Town

Sightseeing and Activities: Climb to the main peak of Kongming Mountain, Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden.
Accommodation: Menglun
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Watch the sea of clouds and the first glow of sun in the morning, which is the best time for shooting. After breakfast, climb to the main peak of Kongming Mountain. Have solid food for lunch on the summit and go downhill. Move on to Menglun town via Mansai(Dai’s village) and along the Xiaohei River(小黑江) in the tropical forest. Stay over night at Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden

Day 6 Menglun-Nannuo Tea Mountain-Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities: Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, Nannuo Mountain, Banpo Laozhai, Ancient Tea Garden, ancient tea mountain, experience the tea-making process
Accommodation:None 
Meals: Breakfast

Visit Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden after breakfast. At around 10:00 am, drive to Nannuo Mountain for lunch, which is the area inhabited by Hani people. Take a ride to Banpo Laozhai and hike around the Ancient Tea Garden and the 800-year-old ancient tea mountain. Experience the tea-making process andchat over a cup of tea in the tea factory. Back to JInghong and service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Jinghong Jinghong InterContinental Hotel  Jinghong Dai Garden Hotel  Jinglan Business Hotel Local Guesthouse
Yiwu / / / Tea farmers’ home
Menglun Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort Xishuangbanna Wanglian Hotel Hailun Holiday Hotel Baole 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.

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.