Ancient Tea Horse Road Tour Route from Jiujia to Zhedong and Heping in Zhenyuan County, Puer
This route radiates from Jiujia, reaching Zhedong and Heping. Travel route: tour to the gold mine, seeing flowers in mountains, visiting national gold mine industrial sector, visiting Mayang Paper Mill of 100 years, visiting Feilaisi Temple, seeing Zheganhe River, tour to Qianjiazhai Village, worshiping King of the tea trees, watching Jiujia Shaxi drama, seeing Kucong folk dancing, tasting Pu’er tea.
Gold Mine Pass
Yunnan tea-horse ancient route passes through here. The pass locates in Ailao Mt. with blooming Rhododendrons. Gold mine pass was formerly known as the watershed pass, due to the discovery at the bottom of the gold reserves connecting with the famous Zhenyuan gold mine it’s now named as gold mine pass.
Great Pot Snow Mountain
Locates 27 km northeast to Zhedong, neighboring with Xincun and Mengzhen village, it’s the highest peak of Ailao mt. with an altitude of 3137.6 m. The mountain top sinks like a pot and fills with snow in winter and spring.
Gold Mine Industrial Sector
Zhenyuan Gold Mine Industrial Sector obtains a national modernization large-scale gold production base, processing 2000 tons of ore daily. The sector seat in Heping County among Ailao Mt., 89 km from Zhenyuan Downtown, 371 km from Kunming. Proven reserves of the gold mine is 100 tons, ranking the first place in Yunnan and the fifth in China.
Mayang Paper Mill: the Ancient Papermaking
Mayang Paper Mill locates in the hinterland of Ailao Mt., it’s an old mill operated in latter Ming Dynasty which had witnessed the process of human civilization. Kucong people of the Lahu Nationality make rough paper in 72 producing processes taking wild birch bamboo as the raw material that mainly used in funeral, praying, worshiping and other activities. At that time due to the limited traffic economic, Kucong People developed Mayang Mill relying on local wild birch bamboo’s natural advantages. After many years of production practice, Mayang Mill process has been improved, the quality of paper has also been greatly improved, its reputation and visibility had also been increases in neighboring counties like Xinping and Shuangbai, and its products are popular among villagers.
Located in east to Zhedong Village, built in the 18th Century. During the “Cultural Revolution” it was partly damaged. The temple is built in mud and wood, maintaining Guanyin and local mountain gods. Feilaisi Temple obtains not only rich natural and manufacturing landscapes, but also brilliant ethnic attractiveness. Zhedong Village nearby is where Kucong People have been settled for centuries.
Zhedong Kucong Ethnic Cultural Tourism Business Town
Zhedong Tourism town adhere to the principle of “guided by government, operated by the market, making full use of the advantages, features-prominent, based on industry, benefiting the natives, containing both urban and rural areas, farmland protected, sustainable development”, adjust measures to local conditions, to develop industries of flue cured tobacco, walnut, tea, animal husbandry, tourism, and mining, constructing Zhedong Town as a town with prominent industrial features, improved matching function, beautiful living environment, and great potential.
Kucong Ethnic Custom Village
Kucong People could be divided into a branch of the Lahu Nationality, they are one of the minority ethnic branches with least population in China. Dacun village lives the heritage people of Kucong tree leather robe has been the primary option to learn more about Kucong People. Local collective dancing performances include Triple Stomps, River Drifting, Quadruple Sheep Strikes, Fly Rubbing, Rolling Dance, Backhand Three-string Play, and Beehive Drum. Yupa Festival as the most important local celebration falls on the 8th day of the 2nd lunar month.
Zheganhe River runoff area obtains beautiful scene and unique Karst cave landscapes. Zheganhe drifting facility is constructed 50 km away from Zhenyuan Downtown, 12 km from Majiayuan Fork. Quiet surrounding environment is suitable for passers-by to take a break. And it also provides services to self driving tourists such as information inquiry and so on.
Zhenyuan Qianjiazhai Scenic Spot covers an area over 991.71 ㎡ centering Qianjiazhai Village, including Jiujia, Zhedong, Heping. Tourism resources distribute in banded structure. The area contains 39 scenic spots, as the major part of the tourism industry in Zhenyuan.
Qianjiazhai Wild Tea Tree
King of wild tea trees is 25.6m tall and its diameter at breast is 0.89m, known as #1 Shangba. According to experts’ opinion, this tree is over 2700 years old, it’s the oldest wild tea tree known so far thus it’s ca[FS:Page]lled the King of wild tea trees, won the Guinness World Records in 2001.
Qianjiazhai Dadiaoshui Waterfall
The waterfall locates between two peaks cascading out into three drops, total height reaching 100m, overflowing 5~15m wide. The waterfall flow wrapped with water mist divide into two streams, falls directly into the pond below.
Qiaojiazhai Xiaodiaoshui Waterfall
The waterfall falls along the steep rocks, separate in fan-shape, total height reaching 50m. The waterfall is surrounded by lush vegetation and wildflowers. It’e better to travel with a cool feeling in summer.
Qianjiazhai Duluhe River
Dulu in Dai language means river in forests. Duluhe River flows among the virgin forest, along it grows ancient trees and represents exquisite scenery.
Jiujia Sha Drama
In Jiujia Town, Zhenyuan County there is a kind of drama callede Sha for the action plays. Sha dramas are usually played in Spring festivals and the 5th lunar month, praying for harvest of corps. After the founding of PRC, Sha dramas could only be seen in Guoji Village in Jiujia, Zhenyuan and Nanong Village in Huashan, Jingdong.