Travel from Hanoi to Kunming on this adventure through China's spectacular Yunnan province.

Discover the spectacular southern reaches of China on this adventure through the past. Start in Vietnam's jewel of the north, and delve further into the region's French heritage over the border, with a stop in Mengzi. Explore Yuanyang, the picture-perfect home of the Hani people, where eye-popping terraced landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. Step back in time among the Qing and Ming dynasty masterpieces in Jianshui, and wander the busy streets of Kunming.


Start
Hanoi, Vietnam
Finish
Kunming, China
Destinations
China, Vietnam
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer
Code
CBSV
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Follow the Yunnan-Vietnam railway and visit the one of the oldest train stations on this line at Bisezhai village for a fascinating glimpse into history

  • Explore idyllic Yuangyang on a guided half-day walk, snapping photos of the spectacular rice terrace landscapes and learning a thing or two about their makers, the Hani people

  • Discover the Ming and Qing marvels of Jianshui Ancient Town on a guided walk. Visit Zhu's Family Garden, the Confucius temple and the amazingly preserved Tuanshan village

  • Kunming is yours for the taking. Enjoy plenty of free time in the liveable, laid-back 'Spring City' to make your own discoveries

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip visits destinations well off the usual tourist trail. It's a fantastic opportunity to see real life in parts of China many people wouldn't be able to find on a map, let alone consider visiting! You'll be without some of the comforts of home, including trying many new foods and experiences.

  • The border crossing from Vietnam to China will not be accompanied. Your Vietnam leader will say goodbye to you at the Vietnam border and your China leader will meet you once you go through immigration and customs.

  • Interested in extending your time in Yunnan and seeing some of the most popular sights? Consider booking our Yunnan Adventure (CBSYC), which combines this trip with our Yunnan & Tiger Leaping Gorge itinerary (CBSP).

  • Want to get active and see more of Vietnam before travelling to Yunnan? Check out our Sapa & Yunnan Explorer (TVSSC) - a combination of Sapa Explorer (TVSA) and this trip. 

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018

Welcome to Vietnam. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place. If you arrive early in Hanoi, there’s plenty to see and do. Consider booking the Hanoi Highlights Urban Adventure with an expert local guide to introduce you to the city. Start by visiting the Temple of Literature, drop into a traditional tea house, learn the stories of the Hoa Lo Prison museum and finish among the temples at Hoan Kiem Lake. Alternatively, take it at your own pace and wander the Old Quarter and admire the city’s French-colonial architecture, relax in a park, or enjoy some street food.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If you can't arrange a flight that will have you arrive in time for today's welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.
Prepare for a long day of travelling today. After breakfast, set off for Lao Cai, near the border with China, on a private bus. Say goodbye to your Vietnamese leader and meet your Chinese leader at Hekou after border crossing. From there, take a taxi to the bus station and board your bus to Mengzi. Transfer to your hotel and settle in. Spend your free evening kicking back and relaxing – or perhaps head out for a taste of the famous Yunnan rice noodles which originated here.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Please note that your leader will change at the border today from a Vietnamese to a Chinese leader and you leader won't be with you when you clear through immigration and customs.
As well as noodles, this town is known for its remnants French architecture - a rarity in today's China. Spot the simple, stately aesthetic of the European style buildings, with their soft yellow facades and tiled roofs which set them apart from the modern structures around them. Visit Bisezhai Station, the finest surviving station on the French-built Vietnam-Kunming railway. The rest of the day is yours to spend as you please. This is a town rarely visited by foreigners. The Nanhu Park area is great for a wander and meeting locals.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mengzi - Bisezhai Station
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Travel by private bus to Yuanyang (approximately 3 hours). If you're a keen photographer, you're in luck, as this is one picturesque destination. This place is famous for its beautiful rice terraces, idyllic rural scenery and unique ethnic minority culture. Some 88% of Yuanyang County belongs to ethnic minorities; the Hani and Yi people created the ornate rice terraces that impress so many visitors. We are staying right inside the Duoyishu Scenic Area. The terraces here are considered a superior spot to photograph the sunrise. 
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yuanyang - Rice Terraces
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Be sure to wear comfortable shoes today for your hike around the rice terraces with a local guide (approximately 4 hours). You'll be able to take it at a leisurely pace and enjoy the scenery. Most of the paths go through villages, which makes it easy to stop for a break. Check out the local farmer's market where locals wear their traditional clothes, go about their daily business like time has never changed.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Yuanyang - Village walk
  • Yuanyang - Sunrise from Duoyishu Rice Terraces
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
If the weather is poor, an alternative route or activities may be organised for today.
Travel by private bus to Jianshui (approximately 3.5 hours). With a 1,200-year history and a distinct cultural heritage, the ancient town is a veritable outdoor museum of magnificent buildings. Many of these date back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. You will set out on a walking tour of the city and visit the Zhu Family Garden, as well as the incredible Confucius Temple.


Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jianshui - Confucius Temple
  • Jianshui - Walking tour
  • Jianshui - Zhu Family Garden
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Visit Tuanshan Village, a cultural echo of the Qing Dynasty that's still intact. You'll learn a little more about the Yi minority as you explore. It's a fascinating window to the China of the past. Visiting the village is like travelling to the China of the past. Small, cobbled lanes leave you with impressions of timelessness, art and architecture. In the afternoon and evening, enjoy some free time.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jianshui - Tuanshan Villlage
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today we travel to Kunming (approximately 3 to4 hours). Stop at the geological wonder of the Stone Forest on the way. The Forest covers an area of 400 square kilometres (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small clusters of towering limestone pillars, as well as many other scenic spots. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time'. Truly, the site is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. Afterwards, enjoy free time to explore the large, yet laidback city. The 1000-year-old Yuantong temple is most definitely worth a visit, or find the traces of old Kunming at Lingguang street. Perhaps head to Green Lake Park where you can see locals spending their leisure time on all kinds of activities and games. Check out The Loft, a disused factory area west of the city centre, home to many small galleries and cafes. In the evening, perhaps get together with your mates for a final dinner in this 'Spring City'.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Kunming - Stone Forest
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
There are no activities planned for today and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.

Meals

No meals are included on this tour

Transport

Private vehicle, Metro, Taxi, Public bus

Accommodation

Hotel (4 nights), Guesthouse (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Mengzi - Bisezhai Station
  • Yuanyang - Rice Terraces
  • Yuanyang - Village walk
  • Yuanyang - Sunrise from Duoyishu Rice Terraces
  • Jianshui - Confucius Temple
  • Jianshui - Walking tour
  • Jianshui - Zhu Family Garden
  • Jianshui - Tuanshan Villlage
  • Kunming - Stone Forest

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, subject to availability, and includes all nights.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking or no later than 30 days before departure in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
4. Your tour leader will change at the Vietnam - China border.

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