Puer Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 普洱 (pǔ ěr)
Location: Situated in the northwest of Yunnan Province, Puer has an important location in China's southwestern boundary, neighboring Laos, Vietnam and Burma and sharing a 486 kilometers (302 miles) boundary line with these three countries. Kunming is about 550 kilometers (342 miles).
Area: 45,385 square kilometers (17,523 square miles)
Nationalities: Hani, Lahu, Wa, Yi, Han
Administrative Division: 1 district (Simao); 9 autonomous counties (Ning'er Hani and Yi Autonomous County, Mojiang Hani Autonomous County, Jingdong Yi Autonomous County, Jinggu Dai Autonomous County, Zhenyuan, Zhenyuan Yi, Hani and Lahu autonomous County, Jiangcheng Hani and Yi autonomous County, Menglian Dai, Lahu, Wa Autonomous County, Lancang Lahu Autonomous County, Ximeng Wa Autonomous County)
The Seat of City Government: Yueguang Road, Simao District
Useful Telephone Numbers:
Tourist Complaints: 0879-96927
Weather Forecast: 121
Zip Code Inquiry: 184
Bank of China: No.3, Yueguang Road, Simao District
China Post: Middle Zhenxing Road, Simao District
Attractions - Things to Do
China Puer Tea Exhibition Garden: Tea culture is an attractive tourist factor of the city. The exhibition garden is built on the Yingpan Mountain, 29 kilometers (18 miles) from the downtown area. Against the background of a vast tea garden, it is made up of Puer Tea Museum, Tea making workshop, tea-picking zone, tea appraisal garden and some other facilities which comprehensively show the history of Puer Tea, and of how to plant and produce as well.
Awa Mountain: Sea clouds in winter and spring is the most fascinating scene of the Awa Mountain in Ximeng County. After the clouds disperse, bamboo houses in villages, terraced fields and Musa trees are exposed and the Awa Mountain looks even more tranquil and beautiful.
How to Get to Puer
1. The Simao Airport lies at the south foot of the Wuliang Mountain, 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) west of the city outskirt. At present, direct flights to Kunming, Xi'an and Jinan are provided. If travelling to or from other cities, visitors should transfer to Kunming first. It is 40 minutes to Puer.
2. Puer does not have train stations; buses are the main vehicle for transportation. It is about four to five hours' drive from Kunming. There are mainly two bus stations in downtown. One is in Wuyi Road and the new one is located in South Zhenxing Road.
Enjoying a plateau monsoon climate at low latitude, the region is affected by the Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal. Therefore, the main features of its weather are mildness and humidity without strong winds. It has a wet season and a dry season. November is the rainy season, and the temperature is high. The annual average temperature of the city is usually between 15.3℃ (59.5℉) and 20.2℃ (68.4). Tourists can visit this area all the year round.
Puer Travel Tips
History: Puer is in an important location linking roadway and waterway transportation between the China hinterland and Southeast Asia. Since 1896, it has been opened up as a commerce port, being one of the three towns of trading importance in Yunnan. The city was originally called,'Simao City' and, is famous for its Puer Tea.
Physical Features: The region lies at the southwest edge of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau, which is in the south section of the Hengduan Mountains. Within the city, mountains and rivers run southward, alternating with each other frequently in the north and gradually dispersing to the southeast and the southwest. Medium sized mountains and valleys between them constitute nearly ninety percent the city's territory.
Local Highlights: There are many ethnic minorities living here, such as Lahu, Hani, Wa and Yi. Varied customs make it a colorful city. Eating habits, ceremonies, costumes and folk legends can all be a strong attraction for people who are visiting. In addition, the city is the hometown of the well known Puer Tea, and the local people have diversified ways of handling tea, such as bamboo tube tea, cold tea dish, earth-pot tea and baked tea; all of which you should try.
Special Local Products: Puer Tea, bamboo shoot, edible fungi, purple rice, mango