Location: Yunnan, China
Price: :
Target Year Groups: Y9 to Y13
Maximum number of students: 36
Approximate cost: HK$12,500 
This is a new and exciting trip for us this year. Please see below the proposed itinerary for 2017.

Trip Leaders: Mr Scott Robertson

Please note that parents are responsible for the arrangement of visas if required. Please ensure that your child’s passport is valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of departure from their destination.

Students MUST be proficient bike riders to sign up for this option.

INTRODUCTION

The Hutong’s Southern Yunnan: Xishuangbanna Adventure brings students on an exploration of the tropical jungle hills and lush rainforests of Xishuangbanna, the southernmost prefecture of Yunnan Province and China’s most southwestern province.
Bordering Northern Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, Xishuangbanna is one of the most ethnically diverse and ecologically rich places in the world. Sharing many similarities with its tropical neighbors, Xishuangbanna boasts the highest degree of diversity in China, both in people and landscapes. More than half of the country’s ethnic minority groups reside here, providing a glimpse into China’s cultural variety.

Our adventure will have students visiting different Hill Tribe villages where they will
encounter a variety of ethnic groups and savor their unique specialties. Within each village, students will also have the opportunity to participate in carefully designed culture based activities that focus on authentic, primary components of each groups’ culture. The secluded villages and homestays each night are sure to bring new flavors, new recipes, new stories, and new friends. From the area’s most populous minority, the Dai, to the region’s most remote ethnic groups like the Jinuo or the Han, The Xishuangbanna Adventure explores one of the last virgin lands where one can find undisturbed but welcoming cultures.

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Itinerary

Day 1

Hong Kong – Jinhong – Manfeilong

Afternoon & Evening

  • Take flight arriving in Jinghong in late afternoon
  • Bus Transfer to Manfeilong Village (45 min)
  • Dinner with homestay families
  • Trip Introduction
  • Introduction to Dai Culture

Accommodation: Homestay in Manfeilong Village (Dai Village)

Day 2

Manfielong – Manbo

Morning:

  • Village Exploration and activities: Traditional Pottery Workshop and Rubber Collection
  • Bike safety overview, maintenance, gear workshop, and route review

Afternoon & Evening:

  • Bike ride from Manfeilong to Manbo Village (30 km)
  • Village exploration and interviews with locals
  • Dinner with homestay families
  • Introduction to Bulang Culture

Accommodation: Homestay in Manbo Village (Bulang Village)

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Day 3

Manbo – Manzhao

Morning:

  • School exchange with local primary school
  • Bike from Manbo to Weidong (15 km)
  • Hike to Waterfall
  • Lunch with local family

Afternoon:

  • Bike to Bulangshan (15 km)
  • Visit with Buddhist Monks at local monastery

Evening:

  • Transfer to Manzhao (1 hr)
  • Homestay check In
  • Dinner at local restaurant
  • Reflections

Accommodation: Homestay in Manzhao Village (Dai Village)

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Day 4

Manzhao – Nannuoshan – Jinghong

Morning:

  • Rotational activities: Paper making and bamboo weaving / Dai traditional cooking

Afternoon:

  • Transfer to Tea Factory. Tea Activities:
    – Tea Factory Tour
    – Tea Processing
    – Tea Tasting & Jeapordy

Evening:

  • Ancient Tea Trek in Nannuoshan
  • Introduction to Hani Culture
  • Homestay in Nannuoshan or Transfer to Jinghong (30 min)
  • Reflections

Accommodation: Hotel or Homestay in Nannuoshan (Hani Village)

Yunnan - foodYunnan - tea factory visit

Day 5

Manzhao – Wild Elephant Valley – Jinghong

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Bus transfer to Wild Elephant Valley “WEV”
  • National reserve introduction activities:
    – Elephant museum visit
    – Rainforest canopy walk
    – Plant identification

Lunch

  • Lunch at WEV canteen
  • Free time to explore the Butterfly Garden, Bird Aviary, and Elephant show area.

Afternoon

  • Rotational elephant interaction activities:
    – Elephant washing, feeding and cage cleaning
    – Rainforest trek along Wild Elephant Path
  • Bus transfer to Jinghong

Evening

  • Final Awards Dinner
  • Explore Jinghong’s vibrant night markets
  • Return to Hotel

Accommodation: Hotel

Yunnan - elephant valleyYunnan - student group

Day 6

Jinghong – Hong Kong

Morning

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Flight back to Hong Kong