5 Days Puzhehei Lotus Flowers & Bamei Xanadu Tour with Kunming

“Guilin in Yunnan” & “Lost Shangri-La” with Karst Landscape & Idyllic Rural Scenery

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The famous Chinese poet called Tao Yuanming, a perfect example of "the true lover of life", has described an ideal peaceful land for living "a forest of peach blossoms stretching for several hundred paces along both banks of the waterway, a fresh and pleasing scent of fragrant grass, fallen peach blossoms scattered about in abundance, small cave in the side of the mountain." This Xanadu is real and it is in Puzhehei and Bamei area in Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province.

Puzhehei Scenic Area belongs to typical Karst landscape with numerous limestone peaks, karst caves and natural lakes which is different from the feel in Guilin. Traveling here, you'll get true meaning of living - the harmony between human and nature, human and animals. Your soul will relax, your mind will travel freely and your eyes will be feasted with breathtaking scenery. The best time to see the peach flowers is in spring (early-March to mid-March) and to appreciate lotus flowers is in summer (June, July and August).

Highlights of this tour

  • Get amazed by the stone forest and have a basic understanding about unique ethnic groups in Yunnan;
  • Get into a superlative idyllic land to relax yourselves when enjoy a boat trip to Puzhehei Scenic Area and Bamei Village;
  • Feast your eyes with large scale of lotus flowers and other pastoral rural landscape.

Basic Trip Information

Price:
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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Kunming / Stone Forest / Kunming / Puzhehei
Travel Length:
5 Days & 4 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-YNPB-05
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureFestivalPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

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Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport/train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel.

After a short rest, you’ll take a tour to Western Hills which is called “Sleeping Beauty Hills”, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dian Lake (the largest freshwater in Yunnan and famed as the “Pearl on the Plateau”). It will be a perfectly lovely trip to walk in this long wedge of parkland and explore the famous temples (Huating Temple and Taihua Temple included) and other cultural relics. There is a saying: If you do not visit Western Hill, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills. Make some effort to climb up to magic Dragon Gate where you’ll appreciate the panoramic view of Dian Lake as well as see a group of grottoes and sculptures.

Then, continue your trip to Yunnan Nationalities Museum, the largest minority museum in China. You’ll lift the mysterious veil of China’s 52 ethnic groups and learn through many interesting exhibits like ethnic clothing, textiles, musical instruments, folk masks, folk arts and folk pottery, literature and so on.

After the tour, be driven back to your hotel.

Western Hill & Dragon Gate Yunnan Nationalities Museum
Day 2 Kunming - Stone Forest - Kunming (B, L)

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After breakfast, drive 85 km to the typical Karst landform - Stone Forest. Walk into the Greater Stone Forest, marvel at groups of gray-black stone peaks and climb up a pavilion to have a panoramic view of the intricate stone forest. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest and listen to the legendary story of “Ashima”. It will be a real treat to visit the extraordinary natural stone forest. You feel like come into a "stone world".

Later, transfer back to Kunming city and explore the most picturesque park in Kunming urban area - the Green Lake Park. Here you can share the happiness of local people’s doing tai chi, performing local opera, and other vibrant activities. If you visit the park in November or December, you will see the grandeur of huge flocks of black-headed gulls that migrate there from Siberia.

Stone Forest
Day 3 Kunming to Puzhehei (B, L)

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After breakfast, be driven to Puzhehei by private car (about 326 kilometers, around 4 hours). Welcome to Puzhehei, known as “Guilin in Yunnan” with amazing karst landscape. Upon arrival, you will be picked up at the arrival hall of Puzhehei Railway Station and escorted to Puzhehei Scenic Area for sightseeing. “Puzhehei” in Yi language, means “a pond teeming with fish and shrimp” and this scenic area mostly consists of clusters of limestone peaks, karst caves, natural lakes, blossom lotuses, and idyllic Yi villages. If you come in spring, you will see lots of peach trees in blossom and if you come in summer (June, July and August), you can appreciate large scale of lotus flowers on the lake.

You’ll take a canoe trip from Pucaotang Pier to sail through winding clear water with beautiful limestone peaks and lively villages along each side. Enjoy breathtaking scenery along the way and disembark at Qinglongshan Pier. Climb about 20 minutes to reach the top of Qinglong Mountain (1555 meters) to have a panoramic view of the whole area which looks like a pastoral Chinese painting unfolding before your eyes. Then, enjoy a short visit to Kwan-Yin Cave and Torch Cave. Later, enjoy amazing sunset at Xianrendong Village or Puzhehei Village.

Stay overnight in Puzhehei.

Note: High speed train from Kunming to Puzhehei is available, taking about 75 minutes. To provide better experience in Puzhehei, we suggest to use our private car instead of bullet train at present.

Puzhehei Scenic Area Lotus Blossom in Puzhehei Scenic Area
Day 4 Puzhehei - Bamei Village (B, L)

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After breakfast, you will enjoy some merry time for a trip to the peaceful Swan Lake which is also located in Puzhehei Scenic Area. This place shows you great harmony between human and nature, as well as human and animals.

After the tour, be driven about 170 kilometers (about 3.5~4 hours) to Bamei Village, a real Xanadu in China and regarded as another “Lost Shangri-La”. Enjoy a boat trip to sail into this hidden utopia through a dark limestone tunnel called Taoyuan Cave, taking you to go back in time. After ten minutes, the Bamei Village comes into view which is as beautiful as Chinese writer Tao Yuanming described. People in the village belong to the Zhuang ethnic group and Bamei means “cave in the forest” in Zhuang language. Visit Bamei Village and the Big Banyan Tree and enjoy the simple life of Zhuang people. If lucky, you could enjoy singing and dancing performance as well as attend the local market. (Peach Blossom Time Note: The best time to appreciate peach flowers is in spring usually around early March to mid-March.)

Stay overnight at Bamei Village (please note the accommodation is very basic tonight).

Idyllic Bamei Village
Day 5 Bamei - Puzhehei Departure (B)

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After breakfast, enjoy some quiet time to walk around Bamei Village and visit Bamei River. Take the relaxing boat to get out of the village from Tangna Cave.

After the tour, be escorted to Puzhehei Airport or Puzhehei Railway Station for a flight / train to next destination. Service end!

Departure Ideas: Travelers can take flights from Puzhehei Airport to Kunming, Nanning, Chengdu and Chongqing with limited schedules. Or, you can take high speed train to Kunming (about 1 hour and 20 minutes) and Nanning (about 3.5 hours).

Bamei River with Local Zhuang Ethnic Group

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