About the meals by Yunnan Adventure Travel
We Yunnan Adventure Travel will do our best to provide our clients with well-arranged dinners when traveling. We do hope you can enjoy Chinese delicacies during the tour.
If you have any specific dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, food allergies) please inform us on the inquiry form so that we can provide advance notice about any special accommodations that may be necessary for you. If you are a food lover, Yunnan Adventure can be your culinary guide and provide you the opportunity to savor tempting local food and world-famous dishes.
Most meals are included as specified in the itinerary. Meal codes are: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner.
Breakfast - Each breakfast will be served in your hotel. Breakfast selections include both Chinese and Western dishes to meet every diner's taste.
Lunch - Lunches are normally arranged at the Chinese restaurants near the scenic spots. Your tour guides will order food according to your appetite. Most are Chinese dishes, and some are modified to fit westerners' tastes. A complimentary glass of beer or soft drink is served with lunch.
Dinner - Same as lunch. If you prefer to not eat Chinese food, China Odyssey Tours suggests you have dinner on your own. Your local tour guide can recommend some good western restaurants in the area.
Some Question and Answers about Meals in China:
Are the meals shown in the itinerary pre-arranged or could we make our own orders when we sit down at the table?
Answer: To guarantee the hygiene and quality, most of the meals are pre-arranged in the government approved restaurants, which are all set-menu meals. You can not make your own orders at this point. We also arrange a la carte meals in some restaurants, which have been inspected by the management of our company. If you have special requirements for meals, please inform us before the tour starts so we can make relevant arrangements.
What kind of meals will be available on tour?
Answer: All breakfasts are served at your hotel with western style buffet including fruits, cold and hot cereals, Chinese dim sum etc. Lunch and dinner are usually Chinese food. Each lunch and dinner will be offered with two cups of soft drink free of charge.
Do you provide vegetarian (including no chicken or seafood) meals?
Answer: Yes, we do provide vegetarian meals if required. We always respect the clients' dietetic habits and try our best to cater to their needs. But we would like to explain that if you are not on a private tour, you will have to share the vegetarian dishes with other members of the group.
Do we share large tables with other people?
Answer: If you are on a private tour, you will have your own table, but if you join in a group tour you will have to share a large table with other members of your group.
Can I arrange my own meals rather than the pre-arranged restaurants in the tours?
Answer: Yes, you can but we do not suggest you do so.
Firstly the restaurants we arrange are all approved by the national tourism administration or local tourism bureau and therefore are reliable in terms of hygiene and quality. Secondly, we arrange good restaurants located the closest to the place you will visit, that is to say, we will save time spent in transit and allow you the maximum time to enjoy your sightseeing as well as your meal. If you prefer to find a restaurant yourselves, you might not be able to find a reliable one with good quality because you are not familiar with local area. You might also sacrifice valuable eating and sightseeing time searching for a restaurant.
What are the suggestions for dinners that are not included in the program?
Answer: Besides some unique meals, like roast duck, we leave almost all dinners to discover for yourselves. You do not need to worry, however, about where or what to have for dinner. In each city, there are good things to eat and you only need to ask for suggestions from your local guide. Please always remember to choose a restaurant respected for its hygiene and quality.
China is a country of good food and there are eight main cuisines. Make sure to try some of these typical dishes when you have time.
Can you give us an idea of how much Chinese Yuan we will need for meals during our tour? Do they accept credit cards?
Answer: The meal price depends on the grade of the restaurant you choose and the dishes you order. Credit cards are only accepted in large hotels. In most of the restaurants in China, Chinese Yuan is more popular. In order to avoid embarrassment, we advise you to ask whether credit card is accepted before making an order.
Our food and menu in Yunnan
We do arrange the featured Chinese food and local Yunnan food as well as the local ethnic food and snack. Please click the Yunnan Restaurant and Food to get the menu.
Day 1 Arrival Kunming
Please inform us in advance.
the Green Lake, Kunming City Tour,Flower and Birds Market
Enjoy welcoming dinner of Yunnan Flavouring food with crossing Bridge Rice Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken/Qiguoji.
You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.
You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. If time permits, you will have a Kunming city tour. Enjoy welcoming dinner of Yunnan Flavouring food with crossing Bridge Rice Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken/Qiguoji.
-- Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233ft) above sea level and 25° north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
Day 2 Kunming-Lincang-Cangyuan (B+L)
Lincang City, Shuangjiang Lahu, Va, Blang and Dai Autonomous County,Bonfire Night Carnival,Cangyuan County
Take the flight to Lincang City, after landing, drive about 4 hours to Cangyuan County, it is a long driving but very nice scenery on the way. Firstly drive to Shuangjiang Lahu, Va, Blang and Dai Autonomous County, visit the Dai,Va,Lahu and Bulang ethnic villages on the way.
Shuangjiang Dai,Bulang and La is a multi-minorities county in the border city Lincang. The 453,705 members of China's Lahu ethnic group live primarily in Yunnan's Lancang Lahu Autonomous County and neighboring counties such as Menglian, Shuangjiang, and Simao. This region is also home to Hans, Dais, Yis, Hanis, Blangs, and Was.
The Lahu trace their ancestry back to the ancient Qiang people, who immigrated to present day northern Yunnan from northwestern China early in the third century AD.
Beginning in the 8th century, the emergence of the Nanzhao State forced the Lahu to move further southward. After the 10th century AD, they continued this southward migration on a larger scale. As the Lahu migrated, they divided into two groups: the "Lahu Na" (White Lahu) who took the western route, settling down in the Lincang, Lancang, Mengbian and Menggai area, and the "Lahu Pu" or "Lahu Xi" (Yellow Lahu), who took the southern route, along Ailao Mountain, and made their home in the area near Jindong, Simao, Mojiang and Yuanjiang. By the end of the 18th century, the Lahu had already inhabited in the areas in southern Yunnan they live in today.
Arrive in Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County in the afternoon, after dinner you will enjoy the Bonfire Night Carnival in Monihei Square in the downtown.
Day 3 Cangyuan (B+L)
Cangyuan Rock Cliff Painting,"Monihei Carnival Celebration" of the Wa ethnic group, Wa ethnic family visiting
Wa is an age-old and mysterious minority with strong people. And the people there have worked hard for more than 3000 years and have created its unique glorious culture. As one of the only two Chinese Wa autonomous Counties, Cangyuan County in southwest China’s Yunnan province has 3000 year-old cliff painting, Nangunhe Nature Reserve, highly-protected original ecologies and abundant animal and plant resources.
The activities of the "Monihei Carnival" of Wa ethnic group in Cangyuan County mainly involved a grand opening ceremony of song and dance performance -- "heavy colored Wa Mountain ", ethnic arts tour, a crazy and passionate "making you black" activity with tens of thousand of persons’ participation, ancient cliff painting worship, songs about life in Wa Mountain, campfire party, and Wa songs concert.
It is said this festival takes its meaning from the custom that the people smear the pot ash, ox blood and mud on other persons' face to frighten the evils and seek peace. The players can use natural paints to smear each other and pray for each other. As a traditional custom of the minorities in China, "Monihei Carnival" has attracted a lot of tourists both from home and abroad, creating a total income of 100 million from the tourism industry.
Day 4 Cangyuan (B+L)
Wending Wa ethnic village, Wooden Drum Dance, Traditional Bullfighting Competition, Steeplechase of Monihei Carnival
Visit Wending Wa Ethnic Village in the morning, you will enjoy the Wooden Drum Dance of Wa ethnic group in the village and experience the ethnic life with local people. Wengding Wa original herd small villages in Cangyuan Wa Autonomous County Weng small village, surrounded by beautiful natural scenery, rich ethnic customs, Weng dingzhai retain the original architectural style and residential Wa Wa traditions of the original, is by far the most well-preserved primitive village herd, Lincang customs humanities is the must-tourism attractions.
Drive back to Cangyuan after lunch and enjoy the activities of the Monihei Carnival including Folk Creation Song and Singing Contest, Traditional Bullfighting Competition,Steeplechase of Monihei Carnival and so on.
In Monihei Carnival, you can not only experience the joyful atmosphere which is full of ethnic features, but also can appreciate the various cultures and the natural and beautiful scenery in Cangyuan. Cangyuan is with pleasant weather and many trees, where you can walk in the famous cliff painting valley to appreciate the mysterious culture which is handed down by the ancestors of Wa, and you can have a visit to Wengding Village to taste excellent alcohol and experience the unique, extensive and profound culture of Wa ethnic group as well.
--The wooden drum dance is an indispensable dance in traditional sacrificial activities of the Wa Minority in China. The dance, led by a sorcerer, is performed throughout the sacrificial rituals held in the twelfth month of the lunar calendar each year.
The wooden drum is a "divine instrument" handed down from one generation to another among the Wa people. It is regarded as the source of the procreation of the Wa Minority. According to the Wa legend, in the beginning of the creation of the world, a huge flood almost engulfed all lives on earth, but the Wa people's ancestors were saved by the god with a wooden tank. So the Wa people survived till this day. Since then, the wooden tank has been worshiped with the ultimate piousness by the Wa people.
The two-meter-plus-long wooden drum used in the dance symbolizes the tank. In sacrificial dances, the wooden drum gives out low and deep sounds, with clear and melodious rhythms from time to time, providing ideal accompaniment.
Day 5 Cangyuan-Shuangjiang-Lincang-Kunming (B+L)
Lahu ethnic villages in Shuangjiang County, Lincang City
Finish the wonderful Monihei Carnival of Wa ethnic group in Cangyuan County, you will drive to Cangyuan Rock Cliff Panting, The Rock Paintings in Cangyuan County were created 3,000 years ago, ranking among the oldest rock paintings in the whole of China. The eleven paintings are scattered across several towns in the county. These frescoes are carved on the cliff usually 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) above the sea level and depict the daily life and work of locals at the time. Activities featured include hunting, grazing and dancing. The color of the paintings has been known to change with variations in sunlight, weather and temperature.
Then drive to Shuangjiang Lahu, Wa, Blang and Dai Autonomous County and visit Lahu and Bulang ethnic villages on the way. Arrive in Lincang City in the afternoon.
--Belong to Lincang Prefecture, Shuangjiang Lahu, Wa, Bulang and Dai Nationalities Autonomous County is located in the southeast of Yunnan Province. Shuangjiang Autonomous County is waisted by the Tropic of Cancer. The Lancangjiang River is the east border river between Shuangjiang and Jinggu Dai and Yi Nationalities Autonomous County, the Xiaoheijiang River (little black river) is the south and southwest border river with Lancang Lahu Nationality Autonomous County and Cangyuan Wa Nationality Autonomous County. ‘Shuangjiang’ means two rivers in Chinese saying, stands for two rivers (Lancangjiang river and Xiaoheijiang River) jointing place.
Day 6 Kunming Departure (B)
Transfer to airport, drop off and see off.