When most parts of China are in the harsh winter, winter is the most comfortable time for Xishuangbanna. Even in the coldest months, the average temperature here can reach 16°C, making it the preferred city as the shelter from the coldness in winter.
The dominant inhabitant in local is Dai people. Dai, as a minority ethnic group with a long history, has developed its writing and language. Their unique costumes and customs have become one of the most charming sceneries here. Due to its long-term isolation from the Central Plains, the dominant religion in local is Hinayana Buddhism here. It also has an impact on the local unique architectural customs, which could amaze you when you take the first glance on it.
You cannot miss it when travelling in Yunnan.
Countless reasons attract people to visit beautiful Xishuangbanna. It presents visitors the original ethnic customs, the annual Songkran Festival, fresh and cheap tropical fruits, rare tropical rainforest plants, and various kind of wild animals.
When most parts of China are in the harsh winter, winter is the most comfortable time for the city. Even in the coldest months, the average temperature here can reach 16°C, making it the preferred city as the shelter from the coldness in winter.
You cannot miss it when travelling in Yunnan.
Xishuangbanna Wild Elephant Valley is located 36 kilometres north of Jinghong City in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. It is particularly rich in natural resources, bringing together tropical rain forests, southern subtropical evergreen broad-leaved forests, and rare flora and fauna. China’s Asian wild elephants mainly live in the Mengyang Nature Reserve of Xishuangbanna. The Wild Elephant Valley Scenic Area, located at the junction of the east and west areas of Mengyang Nature Reserve, is the central passage for the exchange and gathering of wild Asian elephants that living in the two areas. It makes Wild Elephant Valley a place frequently visited by wild elephants. And this is also how this valley named.
Man Zhang Dai Village is a typical Dai village. The houses here are typical bamboo buildings that are constructed with “fence” and the bamboo fences also help dividing households between each other, which forms a self-contained courtyard. Many fruit trees such as coconuts, bananas, and bamboo forests are planted around, all lush and green, presenting a subtropical scenery and exotic atmosphere. There is also a Dai-style food street in Manjinglan Village, where visitors can go to taste local snacks. The hospitable host love to entertain guests with sour, spicy, bitter, sweet, fragrant and crisp Dai-style food; let people understand the daily customs of the Dai people. You can also appreciate and participate in Dai folk song and dance performances, and buy folk crafts such as Dai brocade, wood carvings, bamboo weaving, and pottery with ethnic characteristics.
Xishuangbanna Tropical Rainforest Valley is the only national nature reserve of tropical rainforest inChina. It is famous for its magical tropical rainforest landscape and ethnic customs. In the scenic area, there are the largest known Ficus hairy in China, as well as the “living fossil” of the dinosaur era. Kemu people are living in here. Only around 3,000 of Kemu people live in Mengla and Jinghong counties. The annual Songkran Festival is held from April 13th to 15th, which attracts many domestic and foreign tourists and is known as the “Oriental Carnival”. Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden is the largest area Tropical Botanical area in China. It has the richest collection of plant species. All tourist areas opened by the botanical garden include three areas: the west area, valley rain forest, and greenstone forest. Among nearly 10,000 species of plants, there are many exotic species that most people have never heard of.
Meng Yuan Paradise Theme Park is 100 kilometres away from Jinghong City. The scenic area is located in the Mengla Nature Reserve, which belongs to the tropical monsoon rain forest of Lime Mountain. You would find it’s a park with rich natural resources. It gathers tropical and subtropical plant species and wild animal species. Limestone is widely distributed in the scenic area. The karst landform resources are extremely rich, giving birth to many natural landscapes such as pinnacles, stone forests, stalagmites, stone buds, karst caves and underground rivers. The strange peaks and rocks and the large-scale karst cave communities are organically combined with the surrounding tropical rainforest to form the Mengyuan Wonderland Scenic Spot Unique natural landscape. In today’s trip, you will discover the biggest Tropical Rainforest Water Tunner Caves, have a Jungle Hiking and enjoy the Banyan Climb!
|1 person||US $3,301||US $2,077||US $1,771||--|
|2 persons||US $1,706||US $1,168||US $937||--|
|3 persons||US $1,855||US $1,150||US $835||--|
|4 persons||US $1,465||US $927||US $714||--|
|5 persons||US $1,595||US $927||US $677||--|
|6 persons||US $1,410||US $872||US $640||--|
|7 persons||US $1,521||US $872||US $631||--|
|8 persons||US $1,391||US $835||US $602||--|
|9 persons||US $1,521||US $872||US $621||--|
|10 persons||US $1,391||US $835||US $568||--|
|11 persons||US $1,483||US $835||US $584||--|
|12 persons||US $1,372||US $798||US $547||--|
|13 persons||US $1,447||US $835||US $566||--|
|14 persons||US $1,335||US $798||US $547||--|
|15 persons||US $1,391||US $798||US $538||--|
|16 persons||US $1,335||US $779||US $519||--|
1:The price above is only applicable for the twin-beds room (One room for two persons to share, with two separate beds or a king bed alternatively). The extra expense would be charged if the extra room is required.
2:Luxury hotels include 5 Star international luxury hotel, such as Banyan Tree, Aman Resorts; Comfort plus hotels include local top-scale 4 Star hotels, such as Hilton, Shangri-La; Comfort hotels include local general hotels and Inns.
3:The list of recommended hotels will be presented to the clients for their references before the order is placed, and the standard prices are made based on the average level of the boutique comfortable hotel. In this itinerary, we will select and recommend hotels according to their locations, facilities, service and previous customer feedback. Besides, there are also chances that these hotels are all fully booked or have limited quantities of rooms that cannot match up with your demands. But we will rearrange other hotels that in the equal standard for you if these recommended hotels are fully booked. If you have any accommodation preference in the equal standard, please feel free to contact us to adjust the arrangement.
4: Sometimes, the service fee for a tour group with participants in an odd number will be higher than a tour group with participants in an even number. It’s mainly because that based on different numbers of participants, the arrangement for transportation and accommodation will be different too. A tour group with an odd number of participants will have to afford more fees for a single room or more space on transportation.
|1 person||US $3,301||US $1,891||US $1,493||--|
|2 persons||US $1,354||US $927||US $751||--|
|3 persons||US $1,558||US $964||US $714||--|
|4 persons||US $1,261||US $816||US $677||--|
|5 persons||US $1,335||US $816||US $603||--|
|6 persons||US $1,168||US $705||US $566||--|
|7 persons||US $1,243||US $742||US $529||--|
|8 persons||US $1,131||US $668||US $501||--|
|9 persons||US $1,224||US $686||US $473||--|
|10 persons||US $1,113||US $649||US $454||--|
|11 persons||US $1,206||US $686||US $464||--|
|12 persons||US $1,113||US $649||US $454||--|
|13 persons||US $1,206||US $686||US $473||--|
|14 persons||US $1,113||US $649||US $454||--|
|15 persons||US $1,187||US $668||US $436||--|
|16 persons||US $1,113||US $649||US $427||--|
* Chinese public holidays: Spring Festival (according to Lunar calendar of the specific year), Golden Week (1st – 7th Oct.) and Labor Day (1st – 3rd May)
|Hotel Category||Luxury||Comfort Plus||Comfort||Economy|
|Local comfortable/Boutique Hotel||US $580||US $450||US $350||US $280|
|4 comfortable/Boutique Hotels||US $450||US $350||US $280||US $200|
We travelled with Ancient Yunnan. They provide everything. We visited three of the big cities. Dali, Lijiang and Shangri-La. And also a lot of little villages. These villages we saw, they are all parts of the Tea and Horse Caravan Road. I personally think I travelled a lot in China and Yunnan is actually my favourite area. It’s the best destination for the geographical location is perfect. It’s never too cold or too hot. When you’re going to visit Shangri-La, it’s very interesting. The beautiful fact is that you can enjoy the Tibetan view without going to Tibet. It was a very beautiful experience. Ancient Yunnan booked the awesome boutique hotels for us. Both accommodation and food are amazing.
Yunnan is the best area to visit in China. But China is too vast to easily travel. So you can just rely on a professional guide who can take you around and help you with the language, which is very important.
Matteo | Italy - Classic Ethnic Minorities Tour of Yunnan (2 Days in Lijiang)
We had 6 days of travelling time through Yunnan. We went to Shilin, the Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake. Yuanyang counts half of the trip and also the most beautiful part you will ever see in Yunnan. You need to wake up very early, to see the sunrise, which is really worth it. And I really like Jianshui for two reasons. The first one is tofu. I love tofu. You can see how it’s done in the local workshop. The second one is the old town of Jianshui. You have a good feeling when you go there because it’s kind of like an open area of a museum. You can see real people’s daily life, not just tea shops. It’s pretty interesting. I think this trip is pretty good. You can practice your Chinese a lot, which is what we always need to do as a Chinese language learner.
You really need to come over to Yunnan!
Joe | France - Photography Tour of Yunnan (7-Day in Stone Forest, Yuanyang, Jianshui and Fuxian Lake)
I have been visiting the region of Xishuangbanna for five days. I visited the Wildelephant valley where I could see elephant performance. We also visit a small village on the same day, where Dai group is living here. We went to see the tropical rain forest too, which presents you with a very tropical climate. You would sweat a lot if you can’t get used to it. We visited Jinghong city, the capital city of Xishuangbanna the other night. There was a huge night market. I’m not used to seeing such a big market in Spain. There are some special dishes. I tried the insect dishes for the first time in my life in this market. I also recommend it because it’s some kind of new experience. What I love most about this journey, is the facility of the hotel and the multiple categories of hotels for my choice. Ancient Yunnan provided me with the best hotel in this region. Ancient Yunnan also provided me with a personal driver and a tour guide. They helped a lot during the journey.I really enjoy this trip and strongly recommend this trip to the region of Xishuangbanna in Yunnan!
John | Spain - Tropical Adventure in South of Yunnan (5 Days in Xishuangbanna)
Haven’t visited many places in China. I was looking for a place that combines both traditional Chinese culture and some unique features. After visiting ancient Yunnan, I decided that Yunnan is the best choice that I could make . Due to the location and historical background, Yunnan is the most diverse province in China. There are 26 minorities, 15 of which are unique to this area. Ancient Yunnan helped me to organize the trip, to explore the whole Yunnan province .
So, if you want to combine both historical experiences and enjoy the natural scenic spots, you should definitely go to Yunnan!
Oksana | Ukraine - Ethnic Minorities Tour (7-Day Classic Adventures in Dali, Lijiang & Shangri-La)