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French Built Yunnan Vietnam Railway Tour - 7 Days

Destination: Kunming,Shilin,Jianshui,Yuanyang,Mengzi,Pingbian,Hekou
Duration: Seven Day
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The Yunnan每Vietnam Railway (French: Chemins de Fer de L'Indo-Chine et du Yunnan, "Indo-Chinese每Yunnan Railroad") is an 855 km railway built by France during 1904-1910, connecting Haiphong, Vietnam with Kunming, Yunnan province, China. The section within China from Kunming to Hekou is known as the Kunming每Hekou Railway, and is 466 km long. The section within Vietnam is 389 km long, and is considered a part of Hanoi每Lao Cai Railway. The railway used 1,000 mm gauge due to the mountainous terrain along the route. Currently it is the only main line in China using metre gauge.
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Day 1 Arrival - Kunming
Arrival in Kunming. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Visit the French Railway Museum.
Accommodation at the hotel in Kunming for overnight.


Day 2 Kunming 每 Stone Forest - Jianshui
Transfer along the Yunnan-Vietnam road to the Stone Forest., running side by side with the narrow-gauge railway to Vietnam, built by French in 1910.
Visit the unique scenery in the Stone Forest,one of the most remarkable nature phenomena in China. 86 KM away from Kunming, it consists of 80 hectares of innumerable bizarre shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks created by wind and water erosion some 270 million years ago. It is the home of Sani Tribe, one of the branches of Yi Minority People. Enjoying the countryside landscape outside, you will be transferred to Jianshui, an old town with a history over 1000 years old.
Accommodation at the hotel in Jianshui for overnight.

Day 3 Jianshui
Have a full day city tour in Jianshui to visit old wells, 1000 years old city gate, Confucianism Temple - the second biggest Confucianism Temple in China, Family Zhu Garden, the Double Dragon Bridge which was built in Ming Dynasty and Ming Dynasty building comlex, Tuanshan village.
Accommodation at the hotel in Jianshui for overnight.

Day 4 Jianshui - Yuanyang
Transfer about 120KM to Yuanyang, a region famous not only for minorities, but also for the grand terrace spectacular. Make several stops at small Hani and Yi villages en route. There, in a small local market you can find 6 to 7 minorites, like Hani, Black Yi, Dry Dai, Yao, etc, wearing their nice traditional costumes, buying and selling fruits, food and some daily things. You will find two neighbor villages only a short distance between can be completely different minorities. Have a good view over the grand terrace, built by Hani people some 3000 years ago. During Nov. to Mar., all the fields will be absorbed in water. The fields reflect lights like mirror under sunshine. Upon arrival, drive to visit Qingkou Hani village and enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset at the grand terrace fields.
Accommodation at the hotel in Yuanyang for overnight. 

Day 5 Yuanyang 每 Mengzi
After breakfast, transfer to visit the local morning market. This market moves from village to village and full of foods and daily necessities.The surrounding ethnic villagers will come to sell and buy things. If time permits, have a short trek on the terrace field.
Transfer to Mengzi. Visit Bise Railway station, Customs House and old buildings connecting with the French Railway.
Overnight at the hotel in Mengzhi for overnight.

Day 6 Mengzi 每 Pingbian
Visit Nanhu Park after breakfast to see how old Chinese spend their leisure time.
Transfer to Pingbian.
Accommodation at the hotel in Pingbian for overnight.

Day7 Pingbian 每 Hekou
Transfer to Hekou after breakfast. En route, drive along countryside road and go deep into the mountain and have a close look at 2 bridges which are very famous along French Railway. Then keep on transfer to a border town Hekou. Here the Red River separates Chinese and Vietnam apart. This is a small town with a lot of Vietnamese residents selling beautiful handcrafts in a street called Vietnam Street. Cross the 300-metre long bridge, you will enter Vietnam and start your trip in Vietnam.


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