Duration: 1 day

Level: Moderate

Minority visited: Bulang, Dai, Aini

Landscapes: Dai paper-making, Puer tea-making, tea plantations, etc

Transport: car


Nannuoshan-Menghun Trek

By car

2 person minimum

450 RMB per person


Transports, non-alcoholic drinks, breakfast, lunch, an English speaking guide

By car

We start at 8:30 am by car about 40 minutes from Jinghong to Menghai where we visit local morning market with ethnic groups such as Dai, Bulang, Aini, Lahu, etc, then transfer to Menghun to visit Dai traditional paper-making. After that we visit Puer tea–making, then we have lunch. We go back to Nannuo ancient tea mountain, and then start trekking from an Aini village through jungle and tea plantations to visit an old tea tree that is over 800 years old. We walk to 3 Aini villages. We visit Aini people living in houses on stilts. If in the period of tea harvest, we will see how Aini people make tea. In the last village our car is waiting for us to take us back to Jinghong. Trekking is about 3 hours. 

Dai seller                                                                      Menghai market

Chinese traditional medicine                                        Rice whisky


Puer Tea-making

Xishuangbanna is the origin of the Puer tea production. The tea goes  through a fermentation process and is tightly compressed. Puer tea is mellow tasting. Puer tea is “an antique” which means kept longer, it tastes more perfect.

Tea-dehydrating                                                                    Tea-pressing

Tea sun-shining                                                           Tea-packing


Dai Paper-making

Photos from: Manzhao Dai village in Menghun of Menghai County


Dai people use the bark of the mulberry tree in their paper-making process.  They first soak the bark and then cook the bark. The product is then put through a machine to smash the liquid, soaked again and stirred. The mucus materials are put through a sifter and the fiber left in the sunshine to dry. This paper feels very rough, but is tough. Hand writing can be kept well over hundreds of years. Dai culture and history has been recorded with this paper, especially the Buddha scriptures in Xishuangbanna.

Cook bark                                                                   Carry out fibre

Fibre sun-shining                                                          Papers


Nannuo Ancient Tea Mountain

Located in the eastern direction of Menghai County and about 30 kilometers from the Menghai County is the famous tea area of the Nanuo Ancient Tea Mountain. There are tea plants that are more than 800 years old. Located here is the king of ancient tea trees with a height of 5.5 meters, main stem circumference 1.4 meters. This area is the primary economic resource of the Aini people.

800 more years old tea tree                                          Old tea plantation

Tea-sunshining at balcony                                           Aini traditional stilted  houses 

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