- Reviewed on February 11, 2019
I hope you enjoyed a very happy Chinese New Year.
Please find enclosed a summary of our thoughts on the Yunnan trip last month. I will send some photos in a separate email.
We had a great time on our Yunnan trip, and, aside from a few minor issues, the accommodation was very good – the Palace Hotel in Lijiang was probably our favourite. All the guides were excellent, and took great care to ensure we enjoyed our lunches. Alice was particularly good at discovering our interests, and ensured we had a chance to taste the local tea, and visit an embroidery workshop. The price for the trip was a fair one, and we would have no hesitation in booking with China Discovery again. Before this trip, I had had very little experience of small towns and villages in China, as I had only visited large cities such as Beijing and Hangzhou. It was therefore fantastic to see a completely different side of China, and I feel that without China Discovery and our knowledgeable local tour guides this would not have been possible.
We feel amazingly privileged to have been able to spend these few days in Yunnan Province. The natural heritage of the region is stunning and includes both the wildlife and the landscape.
Memories that will stay with me for a very long time include seeing the Black Tailed Cranes at Napahai Lake, the water birds on Erhai Lake with their young and the hoopoes by the Pagodas near Dali. Everywhere we looked were the mountains, snow-topped and each with their own personality. From the First Bend in the Yangzi River to Tiger Leaping Gorge and the incredible drive through the snow to Shangri-La the landscape was stunning.
The cultural heritage of the region too is extremely special. We’d done some reading before we travelled, but reading about it or even seeing it on a computer screen in no way prepared us for the rich diversity of the different ethnic groups of the region, for the wonderful architecture of the old towns, for the music and the welcome. We will always remember our journey along the Tea Horse Route and feel so lucky to have made it. Travelling in the winter season, whilst sometimes a little cold, meant the region was quieter, something we very much appreciated and enjoyed.
Our guides added hugely to the value we gained from the trip. The insight each gave us into local culture, the restaurants and food they chose so carefully for us and the way they adapted the timings around us made our journey that much more enjoyable. Having discovered my interest in stitching and embroidery, Alice made sure to fit in a visit to the embroidery centre in Xihou. I was tempted to sign up for an apprenticeship in silk embroidery there and then, but instead left with a deeper understanding of the many things people across the world share in common – and the inspiration to pick up needle and silks again.
I promise to leave a review on Trip Advisor this week!
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