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7 DAYS YUNNAN JUNGLE EXPEDITION & HOT SPRINGS

Kunming, Dongchuan, Gaoligong & Tengchong

Family Travel, Off the Beaten

Highlights

  • Witness the visually arresting hues of “God’s palette” at Dongchuan Red Land
  • Hike Gaoligong Mountain Nature Reserve, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
  • Experience one of China‘s most innovative, off-the-beaten eco boutique camping
  • Soak in the forgotten history of the ancient Silk Road and World War II
  • Take a dip in the hot springs, learn the fascinating ethnic culture and the vibes of the bucolic ancient town of Heshun

Dubbed “Land of the Southern Clouds”, rugged Yunnan offers not only stunning mountains, but also rich ethnic minority culture.

Get acquainted with Gaoligong Mountain, home to half of the nation’s wildlife, as well as its role in jade and amber trade on the Southern Silk Road. Discover phenomenal Ming Dynasty architecture and the old trading routes zig-zagging through the hills of Tengchong, concluding with its famously potent hot springs.

On your way to this remote region, you will also make a stop at Kunming and learn about the cultivation methods employed by ethnic minorities culminating in Dongchuan Red Land.

From

SGD 2,750 Per Person

7 Days 6 Nights
Suitable for Family

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Kunming (Average altitude 1892m)

Arrival in Kunming (Average altitude 1892m)
Kunming
Nil

Transfer to your hotel upon arrival. Depending on your flight times, you may have time to explore Kunming at your own pace with a delightful stroll at Bird & Flower Market, Kunming’s city center or admire Yuantong Temple’s intricate Buddhist decor.

Day 02 Kunming / Dongchuan (Average altitude 1244-2600m)

Kunming / Dongchuan (Average altitude 1244-2600m)
Dongchuan
Breakfast included

Drive 250km/3.5h to Dongchuan at Wumeng mountain plateau, in lesser-known Northeast Yunnan. Dubbed as “God’s palette”, Dongchuan is renowned for its red soil formed by iron and aluminium oxidization. A photographer’s paradise, it is seasonally covered by melting snow (Jan-Feb), blooming flowers and golden wheat (May-Jun), or white and yellow rape flowers (Sep-Dec). This afternoon, enjoy sunset at Luoxiagou Valley (Sunset Valley) overlooking local villages and farmlands.

Day 03 Dongchuan / Kunming / Tengchong / Gaoligong (Average altitude 1667-2300m)

Dongchuan / Kunming / Tengchong / Gaoligong (Average altitude 1667-2300m)
Gaoligong
Breakfast & dinner included

Rise early sunrise at Damakan with morning mist over the red slopes (weather permitting), visiting a few more photography spots to seize the changing hues over brightly-coloured fields with locals going about their daily life. Thereafter we transfer 250km/3.5h to Kunming airport.

            Fly        Kunming/Tengchong   MU 5720         1525/1640(1h15m) 

On arrival, transfer 53km/1.5h to Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort, an expedition eco camp built with low-impact materials with a 1km elevated wooden boardwalk linking tents and public areas, including a wildlife-focused library. Imagine yourself as an intrepid naturalist as you gaze over subtropical rainforest canopy from your private deck. Waste from the resort is taken out of the forest for processing, employees are from nearby local villagers and the chefs use only local ingredients to showcase wonderful Yunnan cuisine.

Day 04 Gaoligong (Average altitude 2300m)

Gaoligong (Average altitude 2300m)
Gaoligong
Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea & dinner included

A UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Gaoligong Mountain is home to half of the nation’s wildlife. Enjoy full day at leisure to explore the area. Alternatively, guided activities can be arranged at additional cost:

  • Historical hiking trails of former Southern Silk Road
  • Guided mountain hike with chance sightings of birds, flying squirrels, gibbons, Phayre leaf monkeys and the elusive red pandas
  • Traditional shadow puppet show and paper parasol painting at nearby villages

Day 05 Gaoligong / Tengchong (Average altitude 2300-1667m)

Gaoligong / Tengchong (Average altitude 2300-1667m)
Tengchong
Breakfast included

Check out and transfer to Tengchong, one of Southwest China’s oldest region with history dating back to the Western Han dynasty. Visit the  Beihai Wetland to appreciate the national wetland reserve. End your day with a visit to the 46m high volcanic dam waterfall at Dieshu River.

Day 06 Tengchong (Average altitude 1667m)

Tengchong (Average altitude 1667m)
Tengchong
Breakfast included

Start at Yunfeng Mountain, ranked AA Scenic Areas and #1 peak along the China-Burma border. Enjoy a 1,608m cableway ride, taking in scenic views of high forest coverage to the mountain peak (2,449m) to visit a Taoist abbey from 1634AD and the ever-flowing wishing spring. This afternoon, stroll the cobbled-street Heshun old town, once a jade-trading Silk Road town. Discover the elegant ancestral hall, memorial archway, old railway platform and stone columns before continuing to Rehai Park and dip at the geothermal hot springs (own expense).

Day 07 Tengchong / Departure from Kunming

Tengchong / Departure from Kunming
Nil
Breakfast included

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport to check-in for your flight home. Not ready to say goodbye yet? We can tailor-make extension to UNESCO-protected Yuanyang rice terraces, Lijiang old town or an off-the-beaten two-day adventurous Mekong River trip to Laos.

Hotels & Tour Price

Recommended Hotels

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Minimum 2 Pax S$ 3,380
Minimum 4 Pax S$ 2,750
Single Supplement S$ 1,200

Cachet Boutique Hotel Kunming •  Keep Time Inn Dongchuan •  Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort • Kangjia Tea Garden Heshun (Tengchong)

Kunming

Kunming

Cachet Boutique Hotel (Deluxe Romm) x 1N

An elegant, comfortable hotel set at Kunming city centre, just 2km from Nanping Pedestrian Street and a walk away from a snack street.

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Dongchuan

Dongchuan

Kepp Time Inn (Standard View Room) X 1N

Located within walking distance to Luoxiagou Valley, this inn is one of the best existing accommodation options, with a distinct modern taste and the owner is a photographer.

Gaoligong

Gaoligong

Vinetree Gaoligong Tented Resort (Discover Tent) X 2N

Just 5km away from the southern border of Gaoligong Mountain National Nature Reserve at average altitude of 2,300m, stay in this expedition guest tents amidst 1,000m elevated trail amidst twining vines, trees and mists for the ultimate nature discovery near the ancient Southern Silk Road.

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Heshun Old Town

Heshun Old Town

Kangjia Tea Garden Library Inn (Suite) X 2N

Located within Heshun Old Town, this inn combines modern elements within its traditional architecture. The most outstanding feature is its library which houses over 10,000 books.

Upgrade from Heshun Old Town to Yunfeng Mountain Scenic Area for 2N

Indicative Cost Per Person (SGD)

Per Person Add S$ 1,310
The Lost Stone Villa & Spa

The Lost Stone Villa & Spa

1 Bedroom Villa with Hot Spring Pool

Committed to offer a spiritual, distraction-free journey, this hotel beautifully integrates its architecture with the surrounding natural ambience of Yunfeng Mountain’s “Ever Young Valley”, courtesy of internationally-renowned architect Mr. Kengo Kuma.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • Domestic airfare Kunming/Tengchong
  • Accommodation on twin sharing basis in hotel as stated on bed & breakfast basis;
  • All transportation & transfer in private vehicle in each city;
  • Local English/Mandarin speaking expert guide in each city;
  • Meals as stated;
  • All entrance fees in sights stated

COST EXCLUDES:

  • International airfare
  • Lunches & dinners not included in tour program
  • Beverages in restaurants where meals are included
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses e.g. telephone bill & laundry
  • Visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance

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