Trip reference number: 42750

Trip Operator: Ramblers Walking Holidays

Yunnan's Ancient Tea Horse Trail

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First a little history. The name Tea Horse Trail refers to the trade route that took tea down from the hills in Yunnan to markets and ports in China and south East Asia. There was also trade in Tibetan ponies which were used to move the tea and were also valuable to the Chinese as sturdy war horses for the army. The tea was carried by pony and by porters up until relative recently.The trailcompared with the Silk Roads to Europe in importance during its heyday. Several of the cities we visit owe their prosperity and heritage to the trade. We start our holiday in Kunming better known as the City of Eternal Spring and capital of Yunnan Province. From there we visit the Western Hills and the most important attraction the Stone Forest, a karst landscape. A Chinese proverb has it that to visit Yunnan and not see the Stone Forest is a wasted journey. We would not want that! We continue south to the rice terraces of Yuangyang covering mountainsides as far as the eye can see. It is a memorable site to see the sun setting€ross the terraces. We will also take a walk to a local farmers market to immerse ourselves in local culture. A high-speed train ride takes us to Dali, where we have a guided tour of the ancient centre. Next stop is Cangshan mountain which is full of beautiful landscapes and amazing scenic sites. After a stopover in Shaxi we reach one of the highlights of our journey, the Tiger Leaping Gorge, framed by 5,000m mountains. A memorable walk in one of the deepest gorges in the world is a wonderful way to take in its awesome beauty. Our last stop is the Pudacuo National Park, the first in China, before we finish our trip in Kunming.


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17/10/2020 01/11/2020 See our website ££2999.00

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