Day 1 Arrive at Kunming or Dali
Sightseeing and Activities: None
You will arrive at Kunming or Dali by your own.
You will be free to explore the city by yourself. There are some optional programs for you.
In Kunming, we can take a taxi to visit the largest Puerh tea wholesale market such as Xiongda Tea Market(雄达茶城) in north Kunming, Bangsheng Tea Market(邦盛茶城) and Kangle Tea Market(康乐茶城) in the south.
If you arrive in Dali, pay a visit to Xiaguan Tuocha Tea Company(下关沱茶厂) and Tuocha Tea Museum.
Day 2 Dali-Weishan-Nianjian-Xiaowan (227KM/4-5 hours)
Sightseeing and Activities: Weishan Old Town, Nanjian Tulin Tea Factory, Xiangzhuqing Acient Tea Trees
In the morning, our local tour guide and driver will meet you at Dali. After breakfast, you’ll be driven to visit Weishan Old Town. Weishan old town was the cradle of Nanzhao kingdom(a kindom established by Yi Minority), the history can be traced back to 7th century. Its a very nice old town and not touristic.It was a important town on the ancient tea and horse road. You will also enjoy the traditional Bai people’s building design.
Then drive to Nanjian, stop to visit Nanjian Tulin Tea Factory (南涧土林茶厂) which is one of the largest tea company in Dali.
Transfer to Lancang River, the upper reach of Mekong River in China. Pay a visit to The Xiaowan Dam (小湾大坝) is an arch dam on the Lancang (Mekong) River in Nanjian County, Yunnan Province, southwest China. The primary purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and it supports a 4,200 MW power station. Constructed between 2002 and 2010 by Huaneng Power International at a cost of ¥32 billion (nearly US$3.9 billion), it is the world’s second highest arch dam at 292 m (958 ft). It is also third highest among dams of all types behind Jinping-I and Nurek and the third largest hydroelectric power station in China.
Continue the driving to Xiangzhuqing village in Xiaowan township of Fengqing County. Pay a visit to Xiangzhuqing Acient Tea Tree or Jinxiu Ancient Tea Tree(锦绣古茶树). In Xiangzhuqing village, lies a massive, ancient tree. Colloquially referred to as the Mother tea tree, this magnificent giant is about 35 feet tall (which is extremely tall for a tea tree), and is so wide that it’s said that it takes eight people holding outstretched hands to full surround the tree. Besides her gargantuan size, this tree is also remarkable for its unmatched history. This ancient tree is recorded as being over 3,200 years old, it is called “the Mother of Tea Trees”.
Visit the tea factory of Li Ruowen (临沧凤庆县小湾镇箐中村中山茶厂) in the late afternoon.Have an organic dinner in local family.
Stay at Xiaowan Town.
Day 3 Xiaowan-Fengqing (56KM/1.5 hours)
Sightseeing and Activities: Anshi Village dian Dianhong tea garden, Fengqing Tea Research Institute, The Former Fengqing Tea Factory, Dianhong Tea Factory, Dianhong Tea Museum
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, enjoy the nice view of Xiaowan Dam in Lancang-Mekong River, drive from Xiaowan Township to Fengqing. Visit Dianhong Tea Museum, former Fengqing Tea Factory and Fengqing Tea Research Center(凤庆县茶科所).
After lunch take a tour of the Dianhong Tea Factory(凤庆县工业区滇红集团) and Anshi tea village and plantation(中国滇红诞生地安石) where you can enjoy tasting the black tea and learn about the drying process of the tea leaves and the production.
Yunnan black tea, also known as ‘Dianhong’ (‘Dian’ is the short name for Yunnan province, ‘hong’ meaning red after the deep, red liquor of the brewed tea) is a fully oxidised tea grown high in the mountainous region of Lincang between 1680-1900 metres above sea level. Thanks to the high elevations and mild climate, the growing season in the province is long, with picking taking place from March through to November. If you’ve never tried Yunnan black tea before, then you’re in for a treat. Offering a delicate smokiness on the nose and tongue, Yunnan has layers of caramel and cocoa with light, peppery notes on the finish.
You will have dinner at Tongxin Fine Food Restaurant (同心美食楼) by Li Dehua(李德华) who is Charlie’s classmate.
Stay at Fengqing
Day 4 Fengqing-124KM/4 hours-Baiyingshan-90KM/3hours-Yunxian
Sightseeing and Activities: Bai Ying Shan Mountain, Baiyingshan Tea Plantation, Ergazi Tea, Lancang-Mekong River
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
In the morning, experience the Dianhong milk black tea in the hotel reception. Yunnan black tea is fermented and roasted. Tea polyphenols undergo an oxidative reaction under the action of oxidised syrup. Drinking Yunnan black tea with milk can aid the reduction of inflammation and protect the gastric mucosa, and it also has a certain effect on the treatment of ulcers.
Drive to Bai Ying Shan Mountain whichis a mountain located in Manwan Town of Yunxian County. Visit the tea factory and tea mountain in Baiyingshan. You will have lunch in the local family. Transfer back to Yunxian for overnight.
For the pu-erh tea lovers, Bai Ying Shan is definitely the one which can not be missed. I think the best vintage pu-erh tea I ever had is a 2007 crop Bai Ying Shan. It is really wonderful for the sweetness and rich strong taste it gave.
Bai Ying Shan 白莺山 is one of the branch mountains of Wu Liang Shan 无量山 in Southwest Yunnan Lincang Region, and near Lan Cang River. Though it is still not yet very famous among the many tea mountains of Yunnan, Bai Ying Shan is the origin of the Yunnan old big tea trees as study indicates. Here there is the oldest tea tree more than 3,000 years old, and the biological character of the tea seed of Bai Ying Shan old tree proves here is the birthplace of the Yunnan Big Leaf Tea. The tea species growing here according to the farmers include Ben Shan Cha 本山茶, Hei Tiao Cha 黑条茶, Er Ga Zi Cha 二嘎子茶，Meng Ku Zhong 勐库种, Bai Ya Cha 白芽茶，Liu Ye Cha 柳叶茶, He Zhuang Cha 贺庄茶 and Teng Zi Cha 藤子茶.
The tea trees grow in the Bai Ying Shan Village. Here the trees are not close to each other. But many of them are very big and thousand years old.Bai Ying Shan village is on the peak of the mountain and faces Northeast. This location makes the land entirley exposed to the Sunlight all the day. And at night, the temperature lowers a lot. The moisture from the Lancang River goes up to the mountain and forms cloud anf mist. This kind of weather is very good for the quality of tea.
Transfer to Yunxian for overnight.
Day 5 Yunxian-Dazhai-100KM/3 hours-Xigui-60KM/30minutes-Lincang
Sightseeing and Activities: Chafang Township, Dazhai Township
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This morning, transfer to Bangdong Town via Xiaojie town(晓街乡)，Chafang Town(茶房乡)，Dazhai Town(大寨乡)，Dachaoshan XizhenTown(大朝山西镇)，Huangshahe Ancient Tea Trees(黄沙河古茶树群) and arrive at Xigui at last.
You will pass by Huangshahe River and some ancient tea tree forests including Nuowu King of the Tea Tree(糯伍千年茶王), Zhishanqing(纸山箐), Xiyuan(昔元), Wangjiadi (王家地) in Dachaoshan(大朝山口), The Ancester of Tea in Dazhai Town (大寨曼来茶祖).
Arrive at Xigui for lunch, visit Manglu Tea Mountain in Xigui located at the bank of Lancang-Mekong River. Visit Xigui tea factory and have lunch in the local family.Visit Nahan(纳罕) and Manggan(曼岗) tea villages as well.
Xi Gui is located in Lincang county, Lincang city, Yunnan. It is developed along the bank of Mekong River (called as Lincang Jiang in Chinese). The fertile soil brought by the Mekong River is very rich in calcium, and it seems to be contributing body.
Recently the road condition to Xi Gui has been drastically improved. It takes less than 5 hours to reach Xi Gui by car from Lincang city center. Under the circumstances, there are increasing number of high-amateur and tourist from all over China and other countries. Generally, they are less experienced in evaluating the quality of tea. As a result, the tea that gives very floral scent is very popular. This kind of flavor can be easily produced if the manufacture lightly fry tea and retain more enzymes that develop floral scent like oolong during sunshine drying on account of enzymatic fermentation. However, the raw pu-erh tea produced with light pan-frying is not suitable for long storage. It develops sort of black tea flavor and noise in taste in a Rutsan Tea(如灿茶叶).
Day 6 Lincang-Mengku-Bingdao-Lincang(176KM/4hours)
Sightseeing and Activities: 5 Villages of Bingdao villages, Xiaohusai Village, Bingdao Lake,
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
This early morning, drive to Mengku Township first, then drive to Bingdao village(冰岛), which is Luhu tribal village surrounded by green mountains and is the origin of the tea plantation in China. You will see several huge ancient tea trees over 2000 years old! You will have a chance to see this rare, unique village of the Lahu people. They are known to wear colorful, traditional clothes.
Visit the 5 villages of Bingdao including Dijie (地界）, Bingdao Laozhai (冰岛老寨), Bawai (坝歪), Nanpo (南迫) and Nuowu Village(糯五). Experience the tea making in Dijie village and have lunch there.
Bing Dao Puerh is named after its village of origin, Bing Dao Village of Mengku County, Yunnan Province, China. Bing Dao means “a village with bamboo gate” in Thai. Local villagers, mainly tribal Thai people, have a documented tea growing history dating back to the 15th century. Bing Dao is made from ancient tea trees (gu shu) more than 300 years old and is stone-pressed in the traditional manner. The trees grow on the sunny side of Bang Ma Mountain, more than 2500m above sea level. As a high mountain tea, Bing Dao brews sweet, rich, and is pleasantly refreshing with almost no astringency. Moreover, it has a lasting sweet after-taste (huigan) in the throat, and is sheng jin in character, meaning that it leaves the palate feeling quenched. The fragrance is lightly citrusy and flowery, with a note of wild honey. Our Bing Dao cake is made with old tea leaves and is a great candidate for further aging.
In the afternoon, drive to Xiaohusai(小户赛) Tea village and Dahusai Village.Transfer back to Lincang City in the late afternoon.
Day 7 Departure from Lincang
Sightseeing and Activities: Departure from Lincang
You will departure from Lincang by train or by air.