13 Days Yunnan Water Splashing Festival Tour
Group Size: 2-15 people
Hightlights:In the middle of April every year, the Water Splashing Festival is the grandest ceremonial occasion for the Dai people in Xishuangbanna. People bless mutually by splashing water and take an active part in activities such as dragon boat matching, singing and dancing.
Day and day itinerary
Day01:Arrive in Kunming
Place & Transport:Kunming & Flight
Today's Activities:Upon arrival at Kunming airport, picked up by our local English speaking tour guide and drive to the hotel. Then transferred to visit the Grand View Park and the Flower and Birds Market.
Market of birds and flowers: A part of a series of streets and markets in central Kunming where an attempt has been made to preserve some of the typical architecture of the region. Traditional wooden houses with grass growing from their roofs line the streets where a variety of products are sold, including of course a small all……
Grand View Tower: The tower is located by the Dian Lake and famous for the couplet there which has been known as the longest couplet in China.
[ Optional ] Grand View Tower: The Grand View Tower: The tower is located by the Dian Lake and famous for the couplet there which has been known as the longest couplet in China.
Day02:Kunming-Zhongdian ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Zhongdian & Flight
Today's Activities:Packed your breakfast, we will catch the early morning flight fly to Zhongdian. Be met at Zhongdian airport and tranferred to start your tour. Visit the Puda Tso National Park (including Shudu Lake & Bita Lake), Tibetan Family visiting and the Songzanlin Monastery, where you may see the Lama having their evening lesson.
Bitahai Lake: Bitahai Nature Reserve, located 35 kilometers east of the county seat of Zhongdian, it is an intact natural attraction with outstanding flora and fauna and picturesque landscapes.In the reserve itself, century-old pines and cypresses grow around Bitahai Lake, in which the water is crystal clear.
Songzanlin Monastery: Songzanlin Monastery, or 'Little Potala' as it is affectionately known, is a spiritual place that invites you to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. It is the largest Tibetan Buddhism monastery in Yunnan Province. Such a sacred place seems to purify the soul.
[ Optional ] Shigu Town: The Jinsha River does a U-turn at Shigu Town and flows northward, Then it changes the direction and goes to the northeast.
Day03:Zhongdian-Deqin ( B+L+D )
Place & Transport:Deqin & Full auto
Today's Activities:Today we'll drive from Zhongdian to Shengping Town in Deqin County (187 KM). Visit the Napahai Lake, Great Bend of Yangtze River, enjoy scenery of Jinsha River Valley, wooden workshop at Benzilan en route. After lunch, visit the Dongzhulin Lamasery, through the Baimang Snow Mountain, enjoy the splendid sunset view from the top stop. The view along the way is fantastic with different kinds of trees, streams down the valley, prayer flags and stupas, and Tibetan villages. Stay overnight in Deqin.
Napahai Lake: The Napahai Nature Reserve, at an altitude of 3,266 meters above sea level, is located 8 kilometers northwest of the county seat of Zhongdian.
Shengping Town: Shengping is the highest town in Yunnan province.Because of its remote location and high altitude, it still managed to keep the original flavor of a wild Wild West small town.
Dongzhulin Monastery: Dongzhulin Monastery is located in Deqen County. It was built seven years prior to the Sumzenlin Monastery on a mountain slope. In October every year it holds a grand ceremony, when an 8.5-meter by 5.2-meter image of the guardian deity, woven in silk, is displayed. A traditional grand prayer and sut……
Benzilan Village: Benzilan Village makes an excellent base to explore the wonderful Dhon-Drupling Gompa (Dongzhulin Temple), 22 km heading northwesterly along the main road from Zhongdian. Besides of the Dongzhulin Temple, the Benzilan village might be more attractive for most visiters.
Baimang Snow Mountain: Baiman Snow Mountain at the altituide of 4700M, National Nature Reserve,observe th Azalea. It is the largest natural reserve in Yunnan Province with a perfectly preserved frigid-zone of primeval forests. This area is also the main habitat of Yunnan golden monkeys, a rare animal under strict national.
[ Optional ] Napahai Lake: The Napahai Nature Reserve, at an altitude of 3,266 meters above sea level, is located 8 kilometers northwest of the county seat of Zhongdian.
Day04:Visiting all day ( B+L+D )
Place & Transport:Deqin & Full auto
Today's Activities:Get up early in the morning (packing breafast), we'll drive to Mingyong village, stop at Feilai Temple to enjoy the sunrise of the Meili Snow Mountain (if good weather), stop for photos at nicer places en route. After lunch, start your hiking trip from village up to Meili Snow Mountain (or ride horse/mule up & down). After about 3 hours trekking, get to the Taizi Monastery (4759 m altitude), a good spot to view the magnificent Mingyong Ice Glacier. After the tour, drive back to Deqin County.
Mingyong Glacier: Besides pilgrims and mountaineers, Mount Meili also counts geographers amongst its admirers.
Meili Snow Mountain: Besides pilgrims and mountaineers, Mount Meili also counts geographers amongst its admirers. At the foot of Kagebo Peak lies the 6 km2 large Mingyong Glacier, a rare monsoon maritime glacier that stretches from an altitude of 5,500 meters above sea level to 2,700 meters and stops only 800 meters fro.
[ Optional ] Water Splashing Festival: The annual Water-Splashing Festival is most important holiday of the Dai people. Held during the sixth month of the Dai calendar, usually falling in the middle of April, it is also known as the Festival for Bathing the Buddha. It was celebrated by both visitors and residents in Jinghong, Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture in southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Day05:Deqin-Zhongdian ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Zhongdian & Full auto
Today's Activities:After days of toilsome but exciting trip, you're likely to be a little tired, so this morning you can enjoy a breezy relaxing time for getting refreshed. After lunch, we will drive back to Zhongdian (about 5-6 hours driving), enjoy tremendous view of mountains, lakes and forest on the way.
Day06:Zhongdian-Lijiang ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Lijiang & Full auto
Today's Activities: After breakfast, we will drive to Lijiang. Visit pasture of Xiao Zhongdian, First Bend of the Yangtze River and the Tiger Leaping Gorge on the way. After arriving in Lijiang, leisure on your own.
Tiger Leaping Gorge: one of the world s four great gorges - The Tiger Leaping Gorge is 17 kilometers long with a drop of 213 meters. The gorge is divided into three sections: Upper, Middle and Lower Hutiao. At the narrowest spot the river is only 30 meters wide.
Shigu Town: The Jinsha River does a U-turn at Shigu Town and flows northward, Then it changes the direction and goes to the northeast.
Day07:All day visiting ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Lijiang & Full auto
Today's Activities: Full day to visit Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (taking Yak Meadow), Yufeng Lamasery, Yuhu Village (Joseph Rock's House) and Baisha Fresco.
Yufeng Temple: Yufeng Temple lies on the east slope of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain with ancient forests clustering around. 9 KM from the county seat of Lijiang. There is a small pool in front of the lamasery embraced by big pine trees...
Baisha Murals: Lijiang murals are mostly from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Among the 55 existing murals, the largest one is at the Dabaoji Hall of Baisha. Most Lijiang murals depict religious stories, and one characteristic is to combine several legends into one picture. They are an artistic Crystallization combi……
Stories of Joseph Rock: In May of 1922, there was an odd westerner appointed by the US Department of Agriculture to China, thousands of miles away from his home.
Yak Meadow Yak Meadow: got its name because the local people like to pasture their Yak here. The landscape rises and falls on the meadow. In spring and summer, Yaks with black and white skin wander in grass and all kinds of flowers. In autumn and winter, the mild edge of th meadow becoms a sharp contrast wi……
Jade Dragon Snow Mountain: The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain has 13 peaks of which the highest is 18000 feet above sea level. It is a treasure of wild plants and rare animals. Take cable car to the summit at Yunshanping Meadow or Yak Meadow. Trek for one hour around the summit.
Day08:Lijiang-Dali ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Dali & Full auto
Today's Activities:After our visiting in Lijiang, drive to Dali. Visit Xizhou Bai Minority old town, you could enjoy the tea ceremony of Bai Ethnic, Zhoucheng Village's Dying Cloth.
Mu Prince Palace: Mu Prince Palace combines the styles of Naxi, Bai, Tibetan and Han architecture. The exquisite carves and paintings on the doors and windows and meticulously designed structures all indicate their status in Lijiang.
Square Market: In Lijiang, the Square Market was built before the construction of the whole town. It might be the only square that had an automatic street-wash system in ancient times.
Danyan Town: Lijiang Old Town, or Dayan Town has a history of over 800 years. It is one of the few places in China with well-preserved old style folk buildings. An important feature of Dayan are the numerous streams and brooks crisscrossing the houses. The people here are mainly from the Naxi ethnic group and yo……
Zhoucheng Village: Zhoucheng is the main producing place of the tie-dyed cloth, generally called "Colorful Tied - Cloth". It was an ancient skill of dyeing originating from the interior of China. typically brightly colored, patterned textile or clothing which is made from ordinary cloth, usually cotton, through a res……
Bai Ethnic House: Xizhou House is the typical traditional house of Bai Ethnic, here you can enjoy a presentation of SanDaoCha Tea Ceremony and colorful Costume of Bais.
Day09:All day visiting in Dali ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Dali & Full auto
Today's Activities:Pagodas of Chongsheng;Erhai Lake;Dali Ancient Town
Pagodas of Chongsheng: Temple Three Pagodas: are located northwest of Dali at the foot Cangshan Mountains. With Qianxun Pagoda, completed in 876 during the Tang dynasty (618-907AD).
Erhai Lake : It measures 40 kilometers north to south, and 7 to 8 kilometers east to west on average. The vast blue lake is filled with crystal-clear waters and dotted with numerous white sails. When the wind rises, waves are whipped up breaking upon the shores. At night, the silvery moon sparkles on the ripplin……
Dali Ancient Town: The ancient Dali town: built in 1382 and is one the 24 most famous historical and cultural cities in China. Dali was once a vital communications hub where the population was dense. Many trade caravans gathered here and the markets were prosperous.
Day10:Dali-Xishuangbanna ( B+L+D )
Place & Transport:Xishuangbanna & Flight
Today's Activities:Free time in Dali untill transferred to Dali airport for the morning flight to Xishuangbanna. Upon arrival, be met at Xishuangbanna airport and transferred to visit Wild Elephants Valley. After the tour, drive back to the downtown for your staying.
Wild Elephants Valley:Sanchahe Nature Reserve actually is a nature reserve for tropical rainforest and wild lives. The part of the park that most tourists visit is Banna Wild Elephant Valley. Here in jungle live about 70 wild Asian elephants. Wild elephants usually come out at night, so people built a small hotel on tops……
Day11:Full day visiting in Xishuangbanna ( B+L+D )
Place & Transport:Xishuangbanna & Full auto
Today's Activities:Full day Visit of Ganlan (Olive) Basin, Menglun Tropical Botanical Garden, and Dai Village for water splashing festival.
Water Splashing Festival:The annual Water-Splashing Festival is most important holiday of the Dai people. Held during the sixth month of the Dai calendar, usually falling in the middle of April, it is also known as the Festival for Bathing the Buddha. It was celebrated by both visitors and residents in Jinghong, Xishuangban.
Ganlan (Olive) Basin: Local Dai people call the Ganlan Basin the " peacock's tail ", meaning the most beautiful part of Xishuangbanna. " No trip to Xishuangbanna is complete without a visit to Ganlan Basin ", as the popular saying goes. The Ganlan Basin (Ganlanba) derives its name from the fact that it's forever clothed ……
Day12:Xishuangbanna-Kunming ( B+L )
Place & Transport:Kunming & Full auto
Today's Activities:Tour to Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion, Manting Park, join-in the water splashing festival. You will be transferred to Jinghong airport to take the evening flight to Kuming. Upon arriving in Kuming, be met and transferred to the hotel.
Water Splashing Festival: The annual Water-Splashing Festival is most important holiday of the Dai people. Held during the sixth month of the Dai calendar, usually falling in the middle of April, it is also known as the Festival for Bathing the Buddha. It was celebrated by both visitors and residents in Jinghong, Xishuangban.
Manting Park: Manting Park is called Chunhuang as well in local Dai language, means Garden of Spirits. This park is the oldest park in Xishuangbanna, used to be a royal garden of Dai. Many trees and ornamental plants growing in it providing people with a good rest place. Wabajie Temple, the Buddhist temple with t……
Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion: As one of the important relics of Xishuangbanna, the Jingzhen Octagonal Pavilion is named after the place where it is located. The octagonal pavilion, called "Wo Su" in the Dai language, is a place where the senior Buddhist monks giving sutra, repenting, holding meetings and memorizing Buddha.
Day13:Transfer to Kunming ( B )
Place & Transport:Kunming & Flight
Today's Activities:Free at leisure until to be transferred to Kunming airport for your flight to your next destionation.
Price per person
Your Group Size
single room supplement
(Apr.01 - Nov.30)
(Dec.12 - Mar.31)
-City transfers by air for Economic Class: Kunming to Zhongdian (Shangri-la), Dali to
Xishuangbanna, Xishuangbanna to Kunming.
-City transfers by coach: Zhongdian to Deqin, Zhongdian to Lijiang, Lijiang to Dali.
-Accommodations in Kunming, Zhongdian, Deqin, Lijiang, Dali, Xishuangbanna
Deluxe hotels are 4 star, superior hotels are 3 star.
-Private escorted tours with service of English speaking tour guide.
-Private land transfers by air-conditioned company coach.
-All entrance fees of attractions mentioned in the itinerary.
-Meals as mentioned in the itinerary "B" stands for American / Chinese-western
buffet breakfast; "L" for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; "D" for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.
-Other optional tours and activities in Kunming, Zhongdian, Deqin, Lijiang, Dali,Xishuangbanna.
-Flight arriving Kunming, departing Kunming.
-Expenditure of a personal nature, such as drinks, souvenirs, telephone bill, laundry etc.
-Other tours & meals not mentioned in the itineraries.
-Gratuities to service staffs.
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