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Tropical Xishuangbanna Jinghong Dai Bulang Lahu Jinuo Ethnics Villages Tour - 3 Days

Destination: Jinghong
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Explore the lush jungles and ancient cultures of southern China¡¯s Xishuangbanna region with this three-day adventure. Meet the jungle residents of Wild Elephant Valley and experience the traditional Buddhist temples and markets of Jinghong. Then take a trip into the hills to meet the region's Lahu and Bulang minority tribes. This is the perfect opportunity to experience the 'other side' of Chinese culture.
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Day 1 - Arrival in Jinghong (D)
Arrival in Jinghong, capital of Xishuangbanna which is known as the breadbasket of Yunnan province (the name ¡®Xishuangbanna' is derived from the Thai and means ¡°the 12 rice producing countries¡±). Due to its proximity to Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Xishuangbanna resembles a South-East Asian country with its rainforests, jungle, fields growing sugarcane, bamboo plantations, fauna (including elephants, peacocks, monkeys, and even tigers), ethnic group villages¡­ Indeed the Dai, along with the Hani, Lahu, Yao, and Bulang (who can equally be found in nearly all of the neighboring countries) make up two thirds of the province's population.

Moreover, the region prides itself on a long and rich history of tea, which dates back to the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). During this time the tea from Xishuangbanna was officially selected to be the ¡°Imperial tea¡±, and as such was transported on horse to Beijing. Pu'er tea is the most well-known among its teas, and is known across the world.

Welcome by your local guide and transfer to the Sanchahe Nature Reserve (40km away taking 45 minutes to reach), whose total surface area is around 1.5 million hectares and where you will visit the Wild Elephant Valley. You will take a cable-car (there and back) which offers you a great viewing platform towering over two kilometers of forest. A raised walkway has also been built if you would rather not take the cable-car. If you're lucky you'll be able to see peacocks, wild oxen or monkeys!

After your return journey to Jinghong you will make a stop at the village of Mengyang, home to the famous Elephant shaped Banyan tree.

Upon your arrival in Jinghong you will go to the Mange Buddhist Temple, built in the 15th century, which is one of the best examples of Dai architecture.

A ¡°Dai Barbecue¡± dinner (including, amongst other things, passion fruit juice, purple rice with pineapple, meat skewers wrapped in banyan leaves¡­) on the lively Menghun road.

Night in Jinghong.


Day 2 - Jinghong (B)
Your day will start with a visit to Dongfeng's daily market, where the local ethnic groups come to sell their products, a real festival of color and traditional dress!

Your journey will then go on towards Xiaojie (45km away, taking around an hour to reach) where you will see members of the Lahu and Bulang ethnic groups. The Lahu number around 500,000 people and their men generally wear black turbans (predominant color) and the women dress according to which of the families of the ethnic group they belong (black Lahu, yellow Lahu, white Lahu, etc.). Some older women still shave their heads, which is a traditional sign of feminine beauty. The Lahu can also be found in Thailand, Laos, and Vietnam.

The Bulang are culturally very close to the Dai (the majority are Buddhist), and now number less than 100,000. The women wear black turbans and silver jewelry, often in the design of fish or crustaceans. Some of the older people have tattooed stomachs and torsos, as is their custom. The women usually chew on betel to dye their teeth black for its aesthetic appeal.

Visit to Damenglong village (located 15km from Xiaojie) where you will take in two pagodas: the Manfeilong Pagoda, set in beautiful jungle surroundings, and the Black Pagoda.

Manfeilong Pagoda was built in 1204 on the site of, according to legend, a sacred footprint of the Sakyamuni Buddha, which explains its reputation in Xishuangbanna. Its white color and its bamboo shoot shape have furnished it with the alternative nickname, ¡°The white bamboo shoot pagoda¡±.

Visit to the Black Pagoda, which overlooks the town center and provides a beautiful view of Damenlong. Return transfer to Jinghong (located 55km to the north, taking around 90 minutes).

Your day will end with a massage (one hour) at the school of blind masseurs! For centuries blind people in China have been specialists in therapeutic massage, and it is known that their sense of touch is more developed than their sighted colleagues. In 2006 the Chinese Government ¨C under the aegis of the Chinese Federation for the Handicapped ¨C launched a huge project training the blind and hard of sight in massage. The number now practicing the profession in the country today is more than 110,000.

Night in Jinghong


Day 3 - Jinghong (B)
Next to Jinuo (30km, taking 45 minutes) which takes its name to the 20,000-strong Jinuo ethnic group, the 56th and last officially recognized ethnic group listed by the Chinese government. The Jinuo used to be organized in matrilineal clans, and still consider today the maternal uncle (and not the father) to be the most important person in the family who is consulted on all major decisions.

The women generally wear their hair in a white hood. They put as many flowers as they can in their pierced earlobes; because the more they have the more beautiful they are considered to be! The men wear a predominantly white outfit, jazzed up with some strips of color.

On to Menglun (50km from Jinuo, taking approximately one hour) where you will visit the renowned Tropical Botanical Garden, the largest of its kind in China, created in 1959 by the Chinese botanist Cai Xitao who dedicated his entire life to scientific research. After more than 50 years of development the garden now extends over an area of more than 1000 hectares and is home to thousands of species, some of which are in danger of extinction.

Return transfer to Jinhong airport (80km, taking approximately two hours), and flight on to your next destination


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