11 Days XishuangBanna and Puer Ancient Tea Culture Tour with Yiwu Mountain Tea Plantation

Xishuangbanna is one of the Yunnan endpoints of the Ancient Tea Horse Road and is still a major tea-growing area. From there, pressed tea was carried by horseback to Tibet, India, and Nepal. The tropical forested hills of Xishuangbanna are where the Dai people produce some of the best Pu’er tea, which is pressed into a variety of wheels, bricks, etc.

Pu’er, the next major stop after Xishuangbanna, was where tea was traded and it gave its name to this famous type of dark pressed tea, although most prefectures in Yunnan, including Xishuangbanna, produce Pu’er tea. Pu’er tea should be tried as it is different to the generally delicate flavors of Chinese tea. It has a rustic woody taste, and is soothing and reminiscent of a minority culture.


  • Explore tea culture -visit tea shops, factories, ancient plantations, markets, mountains, gardens and old tea streets.
  • Meet tea experts and local minorities,  enjoy cups of tea and nice chats with them.
  • Enjoy the charming sceneries,rare plants and animals in the tropical rainforest.
  • Appreciate the old town with profound tea cultures.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Jinghong Arrival
  • Day 2: Jinghong
  • Day 3: Jinghong – Puer
  • Day 4: Puer
  • Day 5: Puer – Yiwu
  • Day 6: Yiwu
  • Day 7: Yiwu – Jinghong – Nannuoshan
  • Day 8: Nannuoshan Mountain
  • Day 9: Nannuoshan – Jingmai
  • Day 10: Jingmai – Jinghong
  • Day 11: Jinghong Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities:Arrive in Jinghong

Arrive in Jinghong. Airport-hotel transfer.

Day 2 Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities:Mr.Zhang’s tea shop

After breakfast, go to study tea with Mr.Zhang at his tea shop at 9:00 am. He is  graduated from Anhui Agriculture University and his major is Tea, who was born in Menghai, a family with tea business and still running the tea business in Jinghong. We will get the general and basic knowledge about Pu’er tea from him.

Day 3 Jinghong-Puer

Sightseeing and Activities:Mengwang Tea Factory

Drive to Mengwang Tea Factory and have lunch in the tea factory. The owner of tea factory will show us about his tea plantation and we could picking up tea with his workers. The Factory is right in the middle of huge tea terraces, which is close to forest and also there are some coffee plantation and factory. (This private tea factory has about 2000MU tea plantation and 300MU coffee plantation, 15Mu=1 hectare). We will drive about 1 hour to Pu’er, stay in Pu’er.

Day 4 Puer

Sightseeing and Activities:trekking

At 8:00 am, we are going to trekking along the ancient tea horse road, 12 kilometer from Pu’er to Nakeli, a very important tea treading station since Tang dynasty. After lunch we will drive back to Pu’er and study more about Pu’er tea with locals and visit tea market.

Day 5 Puer-Yiwu

Sightseeing and Activities:Yiwu tea tasting

Drive to Yiwu after breakfast, one of six ancient famous tea mountain close to Laos border. Yiwu tea tasting with the owner of tea factory. 

Day 6 Yiwu

Sightseeing and Activities:6 Ancient Tea Mountain Museum, Yiwu old tea street, Make Pu’er cake

Visit the start point of Tea Horse Road and 6 Ancient Tea Mountain Museum, Yiwu old tea street. After lunch we are going to make our own Pu’er cake. If you want take away the tea cake you make it, you need pay extra. The price depends on the tea you choose.

Day 7 Yiwu-Jinghong-Nannuoshan

Sightseeing and Activities:Baihuatan Tea Garden, Nannuoshan Tea Mountain

Visit Baihuatan Tea Garden, picnic lunch on the mountain. Drive from Yiwu to Nannuoshan Tea Mountain. Stay overnight at Nannuoshan. (4 hours drive)

Day 8 Nannuoshan Mountain

Sightseeing and Activities:Nannuoshan Mountain

Study tea with Mr. Zuozhe, a local tea expert who grows tea and has his own tea factory there. Stay overnight at Nannuoshan.

Day 9 Nannuoshan Mountain-Jingmai

Sightseeing and Activities:Jingmai Tea Mountain, Tea King
Accommodation:Wenji Guesthouse

Visit 800 years old Tea King (5 kilometers walk), drive from Nannuoshan to Jingmai Tea Mountain after lunch. Go to buy some fresh tea leave from local tea farmer with Willem. After dinner, study tea processing with him in the tea workshop. Stay over night at Wenji Guesthouse. (4 hours drive)

Day 10 Jingmai-Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities:tea gardens, villages, night market

After breakfast, we are going to pick tea and visit different ancient tea gardens and different beautiful villages. Willem will show us more about Pu’er tea and the life of the local minorities. We will share our tea experience together after dinner. Drive from Jingmai to Jinghong, free afternoon and visit night market in the evening. ( 4 hours drive)

Day 11 Departure from Jinghong

Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Jinghong

Departure from Jinghong. Service ends.

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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.