We came back without any problem to Shanghai on Saturday evenening.
Thank you first for having organised the trip as you did. My parents and
had overall a very great time in Yunnan.
We were really happy with some of our guides : in Xishuangbanna (chendongmei
and steve) they were very cheerful and friendly and made us discover lots
peculiarities pf the area.
In Lijiang, Joseph was a very interesting guide, accompanied by an
outstanding driver, Mr Han, who put all of us in a good mood.
I want to draw your attention to Dali though, because we somehow wasted
there and were not at all satisfied with the quality of service of our
; since we arrived quite early in Dali, we finished the whole of our
programme by 2.30 in the afternoon and were sent back to the hotel at
time. I had to ask her (a little bit vehemently...) to find an interesting
place to go for the rest of the afternoon. She accompanied us then for
another 2 hours walk in the streets down town. Still, we had to have dinner
and find activities alone after 5 PM.
This could be OK if the beginning of the day had been pleasant, but we
to a so-called fishing village on border of Lake Erhai after lunch, and
not see a single boat nor fisher, nor learnt anything about the local
I guess I have said enough about Dali : we did not enjoy it a lot, and
true feeling of boredom and lack of motivation from the guide's side.
Apart form Dali, the rest of the trip brought us a lot of satisfaction.
Xishuangbanna gave us a feeling of exotism, and variety with all its
minorities and thick forests.
Lijiang is a true wonderland, on both cultural and landscape sides.
About Kunming, we enjoyed the market all the more we tasted banana pancakes
The musem deserved a visit as well.(I regret that Western hills were so
The first day in Stone Forest was a great one as well.
My last point will be about food : I know my parents and I are not great
chinese food lovers, still, we did not enjoy the food a lot. Apart from
Dai dishes, the crossing bridge noodles and a Yak dish, we had the feeling
of eating almost the same dishes every day.
As a traveling habit, we would have like to get some drinks during the
(even plain water) because some places made us really thirsty.
Breakfasts in chinese style (noisy, food often cold, tasteless and very
greasy) made the three of us really bored...but this is something we more
less got used to in China.
To be positive, I must say that guides made efforts to give us local dishes
to taste though.
This is valid for other aspects of the mangement of the trip : they were
nearly all dynamic and very open-minded.
Finally, we have lots of beautiful images in mind now.
I hope we will exchange photos, and that we can keep in touch. My parents
and I will recommend warmly to our friends to go traveling in Yunnan,
tell them your agency is a reliable one.
Helene Le Teno
Chinese New Year Yunnan Tour 8Nights/9 Days
Name List :
1- LETENO HELENE
2- LETENO JEAN-CLAUDE
3- LEGOFF LETENO JOSETTE-MARIE
Tour Code :YOTC2003-C-Z0131
D01 : Jan 31st :
Arrive in Kunming ,CA4518 , /22:25 ,Shanghai/Kunming,meet you in airport
,transfer to hotel . Overnight in Kunming.
D02 Feb1st:KUNMING-STONE FOREST-KUNMING--JINGHONG(BNANA) by flight
170km , tour the Stone Forest , after dinner fly to JINGHONG 3Q4427 (20:45/21:30)
( Capital city of XISHUANG BANNA DAI Auto. Pref / tropical Zone ) , where
MEKONG RIIVER , with the borders of LAOS and MYNMAR( BURMA). Beside Dai
other 13 minorities live there . Overnight in Jinghong.(B/L/D)
D03 Feb 2nd: JINGHONG-GANLAN BA
28Km , driving along the LANGCAN RIV. (MEKONG RIV)visit the GANLAN BA(home
to peacocks ) Country Market , Dai Hinayana Temple , Dai & Hani Village
along the road , then drive 48 km to XIAO MENGLUN Botanical Garden-China's
Tropical Plants' Research Academy . Overnight in Jinghong .(B/L/D)
D04 Feb 3rd: BOTANICAL GARDEN-WILD ELEPHANT VALLEY
75km , visit Jinuo Village and enjoy the view of huge range of national
Forest Research along the way , then by cable car and walking in forest
paths touring the fantasic virgin forest and Wild Elephant Valley . Enjoy
elephant show ,driving 45 km back to JINGHONG . Evening Dai Food with
show . Overnight in Jinghong.(B/L/D)
D05 Feb 4th: BANNA--Kunming by flight CZ3490 13:05/13:50)
Visit the Forest Park. Fly to Kunming after lunch . Arrive Kunming, visit
Western hills and Dragon gate,the local Pets' & Flowers' Market in
the old city . Yunnan Museum.
Dinner with Yunnan flavors " Crossings Bridge Rice Noodles "
minority show . Overnight in Kunming.(B/L/D)
D06 Feb 5th :Kunming-Dali (3Q4449 07:20/08:00)
Take morning flight to Dali, visit the Three Pagodas of Chongshen Monastery
, Bai People Tie Dying Cloth with Wax , Bai Minority Fishing Village and
their Traditional Architecture courtyyard house at Xizhou Town , enjoy
flavors of Tea with Bai Performances . Tour Dali Ancient City . Meals
Bai fried cheese . Overnight in Dali. (B/L/D)
D07 Feb 6th:Dali-LIJIANG
Drive 200km by road to Lijiang, visit Lijiang Old Town of Dayan, Black
Dragon Pook.Evening enjoy the Naxi Classical Show. Overnight in Lijiang.
D08 Feb 7th:Lijiang
Visit the Baisha Murals , admiring the"Ten-Thousand-Blossom -Camellia
in Yufeng Lama Temple, By cable car trip to the Spruce Meadow of Jade
Dragon Snow Mountain. Overnight in Lijiang.(B/L/D)
D09 Feb 8th: LIJIANG-KUNMING by morning flight
Free activity ,take flight from Lijiang to Kunming FM 452 (14:05/14:45),departure
for Shanghai CA4517 16:15/.(B/L)
Price : for 3pax
Price includes :
Accommodation , meals , coach, English Speaking tour guide .
Independent package tour with you ,a local English Speaking guide and
driver . Transfer in/out
Four domestic air fare : Kunming/Jinghong, Jinghong/Kunming,Kunming/Dali,Lijiang/Kunming
Price excludes :
International air fares.
Domestic airport tax : 50RMB/p.p (6US$/p.p)
International airport departure tax :90RMB/p(11US$/p)
Hotel in Kunming :3star Hotel.: Guihua Hotel
Hotel in Dali: Golden Flower Hotel (3 star Room)
Hotel in Lijiang: 3 star : Longjian Hotel
Hotel in Jinghong : 3 star hotel :Caijxin Hotel
B/L/D means :Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Contact to : China Tour Department. Of Yunnan
Overseas Travel Corporation
Tel:0086-871-3176842, 6773530 ,3151921
Is everything OK for hotel and flights bookings on
your side ?
From: zhang jing [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 2003年1月16日 16:35
To: helene le teno
Subject: RE: Last questions on the trip
Thank you for you reply. We are operating your tour.
Please check the confirmed tour itinerary;
Pls be sure your name list are same as your possport's. We are booking
flights for you.
YUNNAN OVERSEAS TRAVEL CORPORATION
Tel:0086-871-3176842 3151921 Fax: 0086-871-3151921 3132512
Add:Dongfeng East Road 96th. Kunming,China Postcode:650041
>From: helene le teno <email@example.com>
>To: 'zhang jing' <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: RE: Last questions on the trip
>Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 11:00:57 +0800
>yes it is OK for this hotel reservation
>(please do not foget to add the accomodation for evening of day 2
>schedule (it is not mentioned)
>Helene Le Teno
>From: zhang jing [mailto:email@example.com]
>Sent: 2003年1月16日 10:30
>To: helene le teno
>Subject: Re: Last questions on the trip
>Did you get my email.We began to operate your tour. Jinghong local
>agent are reservating the Caixin Hotel(3star) for you. We need you
>confirmation. Which is our tour agent's regulation.
>Plase open the attachment to read the tour schedule.
>Yes, the price include Lijiang Ancient Town protection Fee, all fee
>includes. Except domestic airport tax.(50RMB/p*4Times=200RMB/person).
>the tourists insurance is not included.(20RMB/p)which insurance MAX
>You could pay in US$ cash, you also could pay RMB. Exchange rate is
>or : 6435RMB/person
>2.The coach is 9-seat tour mini-bus. Which is the good condition mini-bus,
>there are many foreigners to take the kind of bus to trip.
>You are a indepaendent package tour group with a local English sepaking
>guide and a local driver.
>You take a same mini-bus when you trip in Dali and Lijiang.
>The tour guides in Kunming are graduated from university. It's no
>The tour guides in Jinghong and Dali and Lijiang are educated from
>Institute or colleges. They are ok, they could speak English. We will
>our best to offer you some good guides. But the condition might be
>ideal during the very high season(Chinese New Year Holiday).
>The flights for Jinghong ,Dali and Lijing also are very teanse.
>I couldn't tell you hotel's names right now, but they are 3 star hotels.
>I will ask local tour agents to choose the good location hotels for
>Your early confirmination is highly appreciated.
> >From: helene le teno <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >To: 'zhang jing' <email@example.com>
> >Subject: Last questions on the trip
> >Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 18:42:07 +0800
> >You can basicallly start booking the flights inside Yunnan. Please
> >our 3 names as written in passports:
> >Family names Christian names :
> >1- LETENO HELENE
> >2- LETENO JEAN-CLAUDE
> >3- LEGOFF LETENO JOSETTE-MARIE
> >(nationality : french)
> >I have a few questions before I agree on the whole trip :
> >- is your price all taxes included ? (except airport tax).
> >- do you want to be paid cash in dollars, or renminbi is OK as
well ? if
> >renminbi is OK can you give me the conversion rate you want to
> >we can pay in dollars)
> >- do we pay 50RMB airport tax every time we fly (4 times) in
Yunnan ? (I
> >guess the answer is YES !)
> >- can you confirm which type of car we travel with when driving
> >from one place to another?
> >- what is the profile of the guide : age, background ?
> >- can you give me names of the hotels we will live in (as soon
> >which ones)
> >Thanks for your feedback, and I will then be able to confirm
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: zhang jing [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> >Sent: 2003年1月14日 17:13
> >To: helene le teno
> >Subject: Re: (resent mail about confirmation of trip)
> >I arrange you to live in 3 star hotel in whole tour, three persons
> >one room with one exter bed.
> >Please tell your passport name (Urgent)to reserve the flight
confirm the tour.
> > >From: helene le teno <email@example.com>
> > >To: "'firstname.lastname@example.org'" <email@example.com>
> > >Subject: (resent mail about confirmation of trip)
> > >Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2003 12:38:00 +0800
> > >
> > >Hi,
> > >
> > >I confirmed all our dates of flights on our side :
> > >
> > >
> > >we will arrive in Kunming on 31st, at 22.25 flight CA4518
> > >we will leave Kunming on Feb 8th, 16.50 flight CA4517
> > >
> > >Therefore, it leaves open only the version 1 of the trip
I sent you
> > >morning (with Day09 Morning in Kunming)
> > >
> > >Please give me your price for version 1 only, and I will
prepare a way
> > >payment : BTW how are your usual way of payments : do you
> > >or
> > >can we pay cash on arrival in Kunming ?
> > >
> > >Otherwise, can you give us some details on accomodation
> > >some advice on what my parents should put in their luggage
(as far as
> > >weather conditions are concerned)
> > >
> > >I am waiting for your reply, and tell me if you want me
to clarify the
> > >route
> > >
> > >Helene
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Here is the schedule of the trip (so that we make sure we
have the same
> > >program) :
> > >
> > ><Booking
Tour Routes On Line>