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Luoping Rapeseed Flowers Puzhehei Bamei Vilalge Yuanyang Rice Terrace Fields Tour - 12 Days

Destination: Luoping Rapeseed Flowers Puzhehei Bamei Vilalge Yuanyang Rice Terrace Fields
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Puzhehei scenic area is situated in the Qiubei County of Wenshan Prefecture in the southeast on Yunnan Province. It¡¯s about 280 kilometers away from Kunming and covers an area of approximately 170 square kilometers.

 

Puzhehei is word from the language of Sani, a branch of the Yi minority in Qiubei County (the branch of Yi in Stone Forest is also called Sani, it¡¯s said that some 400 years ago, some Sani people fled to Puzhehei for refuge from Stone Forest, settled down and lived at this fertile land from generation to generation since then. The difference between these two Sani groups is only the costumes); it indicates a place where plenty of fish and shrimps are raised. It could be dubbed as a Miniature of Guilin which is renowned for its picturesque hills and waters. As a matter of fact, Puzhehei turns out to be karst terrain formations since it¡¯s mainly endowed with 312 separate small hills, 54 connecting lakes, 83 karst caves and some valleys, all together covering 40,000 mu (Chinese acre, equal to 30 square kilometers). One can enjoy the pastoral landscapes, Yi communities by water, karst marshland and the boundless lotus fields. Lots of experts from China and abroad frequently patronize Puzhehei for scientific inspection and research, and they are mostly intoxicated by the ethnic cultures of Zhuang, Miao and Yi minorities etc. It has been deemed as one of China¡¯s unique pastoral scenic attractions with karst formations, beautiful waters and hills. It is the Azhuodi, a ¡°Shangri-la¡± for Sani People.


Other destinations in the area include Dulong Border Fair, Babao Sanla Waterfall, Laojunshan Scenic Spot, Yuxian Lake, Xihua Park and Bamei Village.

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Day 1 Kunming
You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.

 

Day 2 Kunming-Stone Forest-Luoping
You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. Stone Forest is known as the 'First Wonder of the World'. You'll marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate formations. Walking through the Stone Forest, visitors marvel at the natural stone masterpieces and are bewitched by the intricate formations.
 

After lunch drive to Luoping and visit the Sea of Rapeseed Flowers. During the rapeseed flower Luoping's stunning karst scenery is at its best: and the tourism office lays on a few shows to attract even more tourists. The dense cluster of karst around Luoping is stunning at any time of the year. But when the flower of the rapeseed turns the fields into a sea of yellow, thousands of photographers come for the view.And to provide a bit more entertainment, Luoping's tourism authorities lay on extra shows, many staged by the counties minorities, the Buyi and the Miao.


 
Day 3  Luoping
Get up early in the morning, enjoy the nice view of vast rape fields got from the top of Jinji Mountain, in the February of every year, when rapes bloom, what will be showed before eyes is the biggest garden in the world and a sea of yellow flowers measuring over 130 square kilometers, this gorgeous view made Luoping, a remote small town on the border of Yunnan the most popular destination in every spring. There are patches, undulating waves, snaking lines and coiling spirals of these flowers, together forming a boundless sea of lustrous gold. Yudai Lake, Lashan Lake and Wanzi Lake set like three brilliant mirrors in the midst of a sea of flowers, enhance the luxuriant green of Baila Mountain. Dotted about the sea are Karst cones in all shapes. White clouds partially cloak the verdant mountains and streams flow quietly through the village.
 

It is also the season for beekeeping and honey processing. Beekeepers set up base in tents amongst the rapeseed farms every spring to keep bees and harvest their honey- the bees feed on the rapeseed flowers. Hence most rapeseed farms are also abuzz with bees in the spring and can be a little irritating. These beekeepers move on to other locations within Luoping after the rapeseed season, using wildflowers as feedstock for their bees.
 

Move to Niujie for different type of nice rape fields' view, where the farmland was cultivated interesting spiral shapes and with many terraces. NiuJie is a few kilometers to the north of Luoping town. The farms here are of smaller scale. They are carved out of a shallow valley with gentle slopes. These farms do not look any different or attractive as one passes them by on ground level. However as soon as one gets higher up, following the road, the scenery changes.
 

The flowers are grown in circular rings following the contours of the slopes. As a result, from higher ground, these farms looks like the rings of a snail's shell, akin to rice terraces in corkscrew patterns. It is rather amazing when one considers that the farms were created by the farmers as a response to the natural limitations of the land. Yet they are like a work of art, with an artist exquisitely drawing circular rings on the ground and then filling them up with splashes of shocking yellow.
 

In the afternoon, visit Jiulong Waterfalls, a cluster of spectacular waterfalls formed on the Jiulong River, the greatest waterfall there has a drop of 56 meters with width of 112 meters. iulong(Nine-dragon) Waterfalls 22 kilometers away in the northeast from county seat, in a section no longer than 4 kilometers along the Nine-dragon River, diversified landforms created 10 falls in different sizes and shapes, some grand, some graceful, some elegant and some small, this is the biggest waterfall group through whole country, as well one of the Six Most Beautiful Waterfalls in China assessed by Chinese National Geography.

 

Day 4 Luoping-Mile
Excursion to Lubuge Gorge (known as "Small Three Gorges") and the picturesque Duoyi River with waterfalls at different levels, where you can also have a glimps of the water mills that shows how the ancient people made use of the natural water resources. Duoyi River is the main residential area of Buyi ethnic people, visit villages and learn about their traditions and folk custom. Duoyi River lies 33km southern of the county seat. Formed by the water from 5 underground springs, the 12km Duoyi River runs 40km to the southeast of Luoping Town. The river has more than 50 shoals formed by waterfalls. The bamboo raft on the river, the bamboo groves, trees, houses and waterwheels on the both bandks of the river present an idylic setting.
 

After lunch, drive to Mile County which is well-known as the home of "Hot Spring" in Yunnan Province. Enjoy the hot spring in Huquan Spring Resort in the late afternoon.
 

Mile is famous for being the site of having good hot springs near Kunming which are convenient for people to access. Another claim to fame is having Buddha statues as high as 19.99 meters. Mile County is about 143 KM (89 miles) southeast of Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan Province. Located in the center of the tourism area of southeastern Yunnan, with well-constructed roads and railways, it is easy and convenient to travel to other tourist spots from Mile, such as the Stone Forest, Jianshui and Luxi, among many other popular areas in central Yunnan.

 

Day 5 Mile-Puzhehei
In the morning, climb the steps to the giant golden statue of the Mile Giant Buddha in the temple on a mountain top. There are beatiful temples, parks, and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Visit the First Village of Yunnan Red Wine and the Western Ecological Vineyard in Dongfeng Farm of Mile County. In this region, you can see a lot of grapes grown, and it is here that the famous wine "Yunnan Dry Red Wine" is produced.
 

Just on the side of the Kunming¨CHekou highway, about 14 KM (8.7 miles) from the seat of Mile County, is Yunnan Grape Ecological Garden. It was constructed to be a comprehensive landscape featuring sightseeing in the vineyard, a wine culture exhibition and historic heritages. Mile has hundreds years of grape cultivation and wine making going back to when French missionaries introduced the whole process of making quality wines. Ever since then, wines from Mile have been highly praised. Covering over 10 thousand acres (or about 666 hectares), the vineyard is the largest grape growing and processing base in southern China.
 

Drive to Puzhehei Scenic Region of Qiubei County in Wenshan Prefecture.

 

Day 6 Puzhehei- Guangnan- Bamei
In the morning, take the boat cruise to visit Puzhehei Scenic Resort.
Puzhehei in northwest Qiubei County is a fairyland from which visitor can have a panoramic view of clear lakes and pond full of lotus, emerald mountains and enchanting karst landscape. This charming country is also an ideal place to view the pomp in festivals of the Yao, Miao, Huang and Yi minorities. July to August is the best time to admire the most beautiful country landscape of Puzhehei, because the lotus blossoms are in their florescence.
 
Puzhehei means the lake with many fish and shrimps in the language of the Yi people. The water of the lake is limpid and you can even see the bed of the lake. Rowing the boat on the lake, the tourists can see many fish and shrimps swimming in the water. There are also some flowers and grasses floating on the water. Up till now the local people still keep the habit of holding water with hands to ease the thirst. In the scenic spot there are 312 peaks standing independent from each other, 56 lakes which are clear and without any pollution, 83 all kinds of caves, a great many mus of water lilies which give off faint scents, and original folk customs. All these beautiful natural sights form a pattern of ¡°three sections and two waterfalls¡±.
 
Popular sights include the 13-mile trip through Luoshuidong, Puzhehei and Xianren Lakes. Luoshuidong Lake is the deepest, it's crystal clear water running 13 feet deep. Puzhehei Lake is surrounded by mountain peaks and has Yi villages along its shoreline. While rowing or being rowed in the small wooden boats that make excursions on to the lake you will see many fish and shrimp. You can actually swim in these lakes so make sure you bring a bating suit. Houpayan Gorge 60 miles east of Qiubei is also a popular spot for rock climbers. To get to the Immortal Cave from Puzhehei, you can take a taxi or minibus for the 2-mile ride to the Village of the Immortal Cave. In total the area claims 300 peaks, 56 lakes and 83 caves. In season, water lilies are bountiful and make for enjoyable viewing.
 
One of the real pleasures of being on the lake is being able to have fresh barbecued fish, corn, tofu and other delicacies cooked in a neighboring boat for you. Some of the local dishes available on these floating restaurants include; lotus seed porridge, chicken wrapped in lotus leaves and rice wrapped in lotus leaves.
 
In the afternoon, drive to Bamei Village which is reputed as "Xanadu" or "Arcadia", access by boat from the cave.Take the boat cruise into the village and enjoy the peaceful life of Zhuang ethnic people. Stay at the local hostel.


Day 7 Bamei-Yanshan
In the morning, walk around in Bamei Village and visit Bamei River while you have a nice experience of Zhuang ethnic people's life in the village.
 

Reputed as one of the most isolated communities of Zhuang minority in Guangnan, Bamei is a village without roads. Even up to now, the Bamei River has been the only access in and out of the village, according to Su Liming, director of Guangnan Tourism Department. Due to inconvenient location and hard transit, the village escaped attacks by outsiders and the influences of the modern world, staying as unadorned and as pure as they always were.
 


Day 8 Yanshan-Yuanyang-Panzhihua
Drive about 5hours to Yuanyang via Kaiyun and Gejiu, with visits to villages on the way. You will drive through the area of Yi people in the mountain and Dai people in the Red River valley where they grow banana and tropical fruits. Visit Malipo Miao Ethnic Village one the way. After lunch, continue the driving to Panzhihua Town, enjoy the sunset of Laohuzui Rice Terraces there and visit some Yi and Hani ethnic vilages around Panzhihua Town. Visit Mengnong Chieftain Palace and stay in Mengnong Chieftain Hostel.
 


Day 9 Panzhihua-Yuanyang
Today you have a full day to visit the terraces belonging to the Hani and Yi people. These rice terraces - carved out of the mountainsides by generations of Hani people - are said to be among the most magnificent in the world. you get up very early to see the sunrise over the terraces at Duoyi village and then visit the local Hani and Yi people. During the day you will visit different areas of the huge valley to see the amazing engineering and beautiful formations of the terraces. There are lots of rice terraces in Yuanyang, you will choose the most beautiful parts of them to visit.
 

Duoyishu Rice terrace in Yuanyang is one of the most photographed in Yunnan. The low lying cloud and the water field rice terrace is unique during winter and early spring. As the sun rises the terraces come alive with the sky's reflection. In the winter months the fields are flooded in order to plow and plant for the new season. The rising sun creates an amazing reflection off the water in the terraces.
 

In the late afternoon you drive back to Xinjie Town, enjoy the sunset view of Longshuba Hani Rice Terraces and villages.

 

Day 10 Yuanyang-Jianshui
After breakfast in the hotel, drive about 3 hours to Jianshui County. On the way back, visit Jianshui Swallow Cave which is the largest karst formation cave in Asia. There are usually thousands of swallows flying around in this aptly named cave.You will follow a guide in the cave to see the striking caverns and also to see the bare hand rock climbing performance in the cave. Walk into the cave and visit the colorful Karst landform and take the small boat cruise out of the cave.
 

Arrive in Jianshui Ancient Town in the afternoon, pay a visit to Jianshui Ancient Town, Zhu Family Garden and Confucius Temple.  Visit the famous Confucius Temple with its interesting history. Confucious was born in Shandong province 2,500 years ago and taught more than 3,000 students in his lifetime, among them 72 were outstanding. He is the greatest teacher in China's history and has worldwide influence and his work has worldwide influence.


Day 11 Jianshui-Kunming
Drive to Tuanshan Village about 15KM away from Jianshui Ancient Town, visit the Zhang Family Garden, the ancient hourses and the Double Dragon Bridge. Visit Tunshan village with hundred year old houses built by the family of Zhang. In the village, you will see the different standards of houses built by rich and poor families, and also the family temple which plays an important role for education, family history, and Chinese culture, which says that people should always remember their ancestors and maintain community traditions.
 

After lunch, drive back to Kunming, visit Xingmeng Mongolia Village in Tonghai County of Yuxi City.


Day 12 Kunming
Transfer back to Kunming International Airport for departure.Tour ends.

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