Jianshui and Yuanyang tour. Jianshui being 'the Museum of Ancient Constructions'; more than 100 ancient temples, and 50 ancient bridges, while Yuanyang is a sea of colors and a thousand mirrors. Sawahs sculpted stairs of bright green in summer, yellow-green in autumn and after the harvest a thousand mirrors. From culture to nature and an extra stop in the only Mongol village in Yunnan Province.
Dag 1: Jianshui age-old history and splendid culture
The age-old history, splendid culture, and glorious tradition have produced many historic sites in Jianshui. Jianshui enjoys the fame 'the Museum of Ancient Constructions'; it holds more than 100 ancient temples, 50 ancient bridges, and 56 state-protected cultural relics. Besides, Jianshui is devoted to developing local handicrafts, among which Jianshui earthenware is the most well known as it is one of the four celebrated potteries in China.
This module to Jianshui and Yuanyang starts with a pick up at your hotel in Kunming. Your driver will bring you in 4 hours to Jianshui. In the afternoon, you will have time to stretch your legs. A few of Jianshui's spots can easily be visited on your own, for example, The Zhu Family House, the Confucius Temple, and the ancient North Gate. These objects are on walking distance from your hotel.
Take a look at the highlights for more information about Jianshui and Yuanyang.
Day 2: Village tour
Today you will visit - just outside Jianshui - the walled village TuanShan of the Zhang Family, similar the Zhu Family House but more austere. You will also set eyes on the 17-arch Double Dragons Bridge. Besides, you visit a village where they manufacture the famous Jianshui pots. In various villages, there are several small pottery factories. Other interesting villages are also on our list. You will visit a village with an ancient water well that is still in use, and a village with a tofu-factory. After a fulfilling day, it is time to drive you back to your hotel in Jianshui.
Day 3: Yuanyang high in the mountains with Hani-people
Today you tour to Jianshui and Yuanyang continues to Yuangyang. It will take about 5 hours to get there. Yuanyang is a collective name for the villages that almost invisible lay high in the mountains.
A sea of colors and a thousand mirrors. The Hani-people in Yuanyang prove that man can transform nature without destroying it; stairs of bright green in summer, yellow-green in autumn. And, after harvesting rice fields form a thousand mirrors reflecting pink mornings, silver-blue days and golden evenings. The 'Tiger Mouth' is most scenic and requires a photo stop.
Day 4: Explore Yuanyang
Tourism hasn't yet encountered this unique region. Yuanyang is home to minorities as Miao, Yi, Yao, and Hani. The population is still living a traditional life, controlled by the seasons. In winters, women weave their own clothes and stitch their headgear, while in warmer periods the fields are worked.
Today you drive to the best spots for sunrise or sunset over the rice fields and drive to several villages and colorful local markets. Women sell their harvest, agricultural tools and the clothes they make. Another possibility is to walk in the environment; don't hesitate to ask us.
Day 5: Mongol Tonghai village
On your long drive back to Kunming, you will visit Tonghai. A welcome intermission in Yunnan Province's only Mongol village. The villagers are descendants from Kublai Khan's army, who once ruled the biggest empire in the world. It is very quiet in this village and some doors are marked by the Yin and Yang symbols. Only the elderly still wear traditional clothing, whom you might meet around the central square. Despite the long drive, it's as comfortable as possible, since you drive mainly on the highway.
After visiting this village, we can drop you at your next destination of you will drive back to Kunming. Your five-day tour to Jianshui and Yuanyang has come to an end.