Puer Travel Guide
Chinese Name: 普洱 (pǔ ěr)
Area: 45,385 square kilometers (17,523 square miles)
Location: in the northwest of Yunnan, southwest China
Administrative Division: 1 district (Simao); 9 autonomous counties (Ning'er; Mojiang, Jingdong; Jinggu; Zhenyuan; Jiangcheng; Menglian; Lancang; Ximeng)
Area Code: 0889
Zip Code: 665000
GDP (2019): CNY 87.528 billion (USD 12.687 billion)
Nationalities: Han, Hani, Yi, Lahu, Wa, Dai
Famous for Producing Pu erh Tea – One of the Best Chinese Dark Tea
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. Pu’er is about 550 kilometers (342 miles) from Kunming.
Puer is one of the important producing areas of famous Pu erh tea, and Pu erh tea culture is also an important factor in attracting many tourists. Pu erh tea is a kind of dark tea, also known as deelply fermented tea. In fact, Puer has been the tea distribution and trade center since the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907). The tea was carried by local horse caravans to Lhasa for exchanging horses, fur and medicinal materials, which resulted in the Tea Horse Road coming into being. The Pu erh Tea Expo Park, 29 kilometers (18 miles) away from the urban area, allows visitors to fully understand how to pick up, make and taste Pu erh tea. Bixi Ancient Town is an important post station on the ancient tea horse road with many quaint quadrangle courtyard groups.
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.Puer Simao Airport is situated at No.123, Si’ting Road, Simao District, Puer City, Yunnan Province, 4.5 kilometers (3 miles) away from the downtown Pu’er. Direct flights to/from Beijing, Shanghai, Kunming, Chongqing, Chengdu, and Dali are included.
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
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