2020

 

APRIL 16-25th 2020 
CHINA TEA TRIP
Take your tea experience on a special journey of exploration in the birthplace of tea, in spring 2020. We are honored to bring our community to Yunnan, to nourish ourselves of the essence, elemental wisdom and history of tea with all of our senses.
We will be traveling to beautiful ancient tea forests/plantations, historical sites along the tea horse road, small tea production factories, get the chance to participate in the process of harvesting tea leaves, connect with ancient tea trees, visit beautiful temples, learn tai chi and chi kung, meditate, visit local potters, markets and much more. 
Where : Yunnan
When : April 16-25th, 2020
Cost : $ 2,950 
Deposit : There is a $500 deposit to assure the reservation of your spot.
Spots are limited. You can send your deposit here.
Tea trip cost includes : All accommodations + English speaking local tea guide + air conditioned vehicle + entrance fees for visits + daily breakfasts + most lunches + 1 diner
Tea trip cost does not include : International flight + 1 domestic flight + visas + diners + tips for the guide and driver + personal expenses
Info for your flights : You can take your flight to be arriving in Kunming Changshui International Airport on April 16th, and depart from  Kunming Changshui International Airport on April 25th.
Visas  : Must be arranged in your country prior to departure. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or need help to flow through the process.
Day-By-Day Itinerary for our 2020 China Tea Trip
Day 1 (April 16) Arrive in Kunming 
Our local tea guide and driver will be picking up at the airport and transfer you to Kunming Jinjiang Hotel. If time permits, we will be visiting Green Lake Park, a local traditional house and drink local tea downtown.
Day 2 (April 17) Kunming / Yuxi / Jianshui
After breakfast, we will be driving to Eshan Mountain to visit high-altitude tea plantation, close to Yuxi city. We will share a special lunch in a local restaurant, to explore local dishes cooked with fresh tea leaves. In the afternoon, we will get the chance to harvest tea leaves in the plantation, taste fresh green tea, and learn the process of making bing cha (compressed tea cake). In late afternoon, we will be driving down the mountain to head to Jianshui and visit Zhu's family garden. We will then transfer to Jianshui Linan Hotel.
Day 3 (April 18) Jianshui 
In the morning, we will get the chance to learn and practice Tai Chi with Sherab Jin. We will then drive to visit one of the last remaining cultural village of the Qing Dynasty, home of the Yi ethnic minority. On the way, we will be visiting Double Dragon Bridge and a beautiful Confucius Temple built many centuries ago. The afternoon will be free, offering you the time to visit Jianshui Old town and the countryside area by bike. We will be staying at Jianshui Linan Hotel again that night.
Day 4 (April 19) Jianshui / Mojiang / Puer
After breakfast, we will drive to Wanyao Village, famous for its local purple pottery, to learn about the process and history of purple clay pottery. We will then drive to Mojiang to visit Bixi Old Town, an important part of the ancient historical tea horse road. We will also visit Mark Garden of the Tropical Cancer, before heading to Puer, a colorful city home of many ethnic minorities (Lahu, Hani, Wa, Yi). We will get the chance to share delicious pu'er tea, before transfering to Pu'er Tea Expo Garden Hotel.
Day 5 (April 20) Puer / Jinghong
We will rise with a Chi Kung practice with Sherab Jin. After breakfast, we will be visiting Puer Tea Expo Garden, where we will learn the ancient tradition of harvesting and producing tea. In the afternoon, on our way to Jinghong, we will visit Dadugang tea mountain and Wild Elephant Valley, the most fascinating tropical rainforest known for its wild elephants, home of 130 wild elephants. We will then transfer to our hotel Jinghong Dai Garden.
Day 6 (April 21) Jinghong / Nanhuo Mountain / Menghai
In the morning, we will visit Manting Park, a 1300 years old imperial garden of the Dai royal family. Its beautiful scenery once captured the attention of a queen of the Dai tribe, and used to be known by the name Chunyuan Park, which means "Park of Soul". We will then drive to Nannuoshan tea plantation, and hike to ancient tea trees. We will then get the chance to enjoy local tea in a tea house nearby. In the afternoon, on our way to Menghai, we will visit Jingzhen Octagonal Pavillon, and transfer to Menghai Guowei Hotel. 
Day 7 (April 22) Menghai / Jiangmai
In the morning, we will visit Menghai local market and get to explore local people's lifestyle. We will then visit Dayi tea park, and take a horse cart to visit a part of the ancient tea horse road. In the afternoon, on our way to Jingmai Mountain, we will visit Zhanglang ancient Bulang village and Manzhao paper-maker village, famous for their ancient method of making puer cake paper. 
We will be staying on Jingmai mountain for the night at Jingmai Paaileng Zhuangyuan Hotel.
Day 8 (April 23) Jingmai
In the morning, we will be visiting the tea plantation and ethnic village of Jingmai mountain, to explore the preserved ancestral traditions and history. In the afternoon, there will be occasion to practice Tai Chi or Chi Kung with Sherab Jin. We will be staying at Jingmai Paaileng Zhuangyuan Hotel.
Day 9 (April 24) Jingmai / Kunming by flight (flight not included)
In the morning, we will be visiting Laodabao Lahu Village, then drive to Langcang Jingmai Airport to fly back to Kunming. If time permits, we will be visiting Guandu Shaolin Temple in near Kunming, and transfer to Kunming Airport Huishang International Hotel. 
Day 10 (April 25) Departure from Kunming
You are welcome to stay longer. But our time together in Yunnan will be finishing that day.