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Puzhehei Scenic Resort,Rousseau’s Dreamland

 
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Hailing 13km from Qiubei County, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Autonomous Prefecture, Puzhehei Scenic Resort (普者黑)lures adventurers for its dramatic Karst landscape and splendid ethnic culture. Composed of 2 spectacular waterfalls, 300 soaring karst peaks, 80 caves, 83 lakes, 15 underground rivers, sprawling peach forests, lotus-filled pools and assorted tribes including Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Yi people, this retreat reputed as God’s Bonsai and a giant play garden, lives up to the fame of “Rousseau’s Dreamland”.
 
Top things to do here include cuisine along the crystal-clear river, visit secluded caves, rock climbing, interact with local tribes, barbecue above the boat, enjoy peach blossom in spring and lotus in summer as well as unravel local ethnicities’ culture and heritage.
 
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 Panaramic View of Puzhehei: Rousseau’s Dreamland
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Scenery here is just idyllic and breathtaking. A network of crisscrossing rivers encircles the lush-wooded peaks and is home to extremely rich aquatic plants and water’s bounties such as fish and shrimps. 16 lakes spanning 1333 hectares serve as the centerpiece. The depth of water averages 4m and reaches 30m at the deepest point. The best way to navigate this place is through boating along a 20km-long waterway.
 
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 Huashan Festival (花山节)
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Hualian Festival (Face Painting Festival花脸节) of Yi people
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Hualian Festival (Face Painting Festival花脸节) of Yi people


During July and August, the wide lotus will come into full blossom, filling the air with intoxicating aroma.
Thanks to favorable topography and climate, over 80 caves, big or small, promise surprises and thrilling fun. Connected by rivers, these caves are accessible by hiking or paddling. Inside lays a multitude of stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Caiyun Cave and Heijinglong Lion Hill are home to the over 3000-year-old cliff painting, animal fossils, artifacts and remnants. Moon Cave allows you to paddle for 800m long while Zhangzui Cave (literally means Mouth-opening Cave) will mesmerize you with the spectacle of tens of thousands of bats.
 
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Measuring 120km-long, Liulang Cave is the biggest subterranean kingdom composed of caverns, rivers and pools in Yunnan. Regarding the sheer size of the pools and the length of rivers, it is rare-seen. Lacking of appropriate protective gears and know-how, it remains unconquered. From the safe zone, we already know it harbors many fanciful limestone formations, a 30km-long red land and impenetrable “valleys”, but no one dares to venture further into the darkness and unknown where sublime beauty and danger co-exist. For adventurers equipped with courage and gears, maybe you can make a sensational discovery here.
 
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Puzhehei also boasts a big grassland named Shede Grassland, which means "Generosity Grassland" in Chinese. Teased as Shangri-La of Qiubei County, it is a top summer getaway. In Houpayan Valley(猴爬岩峡谷), you can appreciate the glamour of tropical forest. This 9km-long valley elevated at 880m is infested with many endangered flora and fauna species. Treading along the trails, you many run into monkeys, snakes, goats, wild boars along the way and see salamander, snout fish, horses, salmons and snappers in the streams.
 
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The beauty of Puzhehei can be fully appreciated through boating.
 
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Shede Grassland


Insiders’ Tips

Long and bumpy? But it well worth the effort…

From Kunming Bus Station or West Bus Station, you can take a deluxe long distance bus. The 275km journey will take 4 hours. After reaching Qiubei County, you can take the tourism bus and get off at Xianren Cave. It is a 12km long trip. Road is kind of bumpy by 2013.
 


Enjoy Puzhehei, do it in a slow and poetical way


The beauty of Puzhehei can be fully appreciated through boating. Boarding on a Yi people’s wooden canoe with 3 to 5 seats, you will pass along the spellbinding peaks, rivers, sleepy fishing villages and lotus pools. This 20km long cruise will take 3 to 5 hours. Free from the annoying crowds and noisy motorboats, you can drink in the scenery and immerse into reverie. Water here is so clear that locals drink directly from it.
 


Best travel season:    May to October               July to August: the lotus will be in full blossom
 
 
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Accommodation: stay in Qiubei County or this village (Monday to Thursday: 80RMB per night, during festivals and holidays, price will rise a little bit)
 


Barbecue above the boat

Enchanting to the eye, Puzhehei promises appetizing gourmet also. Hail to a barbecue boat, you can catch fish and barbecue them with mushrooms and vegetables. Local palatable delicacies include the lotus seed porridge, rice streamed within lotus leaves and chicken roosted within lotus leaves.
 
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Xianren Cave (Immortal Cave) ,
a heaven shared by Yi and Sani people, is shut from the outside due to the hills. A zigzagging trail leads to it. You can join the locals to play water fight.

Though outshone by the Old Town of Lijiang, Xishuangbanna and Shangri-La, Puzhehei is a place to enjoy tranquility and savor ethnic splendor. It is not crowded by tourists. Hence, if you have the time, it is a romantic escape. The whole year of Puzhehei is filled with various ethnic festivals. Click to read Festivals of Puzhehei...
 
 
Author: Sophia    Posted on May 30, 2013
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