Puzhehei Scenic Area

The Puzhehei Scenic Area is 13 kilometers (8.1 miles) northwest of Qiubei County Town, Wenshan Zhuang and Miao Minorities Autonomous Prefecture. As a typical karst landscape, the scenic area abounds in beautiful waters and green mountains which are very similar to and even prettier than those in Guilin. Therefore, Puzhehei is praised as being ‘a unique pastoral scene in China’.

'Puzhehei' in the Yi language, means ‘a pond teeming with fish and shrimp. With an area of 165 square kilometers (40,772 acres), the scenic area mostly consists of clusters of limestone peaks, karst caves and natural lakes.

Puzhehei Lake, an upland freshwater lake, stands in the center of this area. It is 1,310 acres of clear, sparkling water, and is called ‘Pearl Lake’ by the local people. About 70 lakes of different sizes link together to form a 20-kilometer (12.4 mile) long tourist watercourse. 300 distinct peaks tower over crystal waters; some seem like elegant pagodas while others resemble penholders. Among the peaks there are more than 200 karst caves, of which about 80 large ones can be visited. In the deep, quiet caves, milky stalagmites grow thickly and steles stand in great numbers. Outside, the vast waters are dotted in summer with shining lotus flowers and boundless lotus leaves, enhancing the picturesque scenery.

Tourists can take a traditional canoe made by the Yi people to admire the stunning spectacle. Simple cottages in good condition, surrounded with cut bamboo, are situated by the lakes. Five ethnic minorities, the Yi, Zhuang, Miao, Yao and Sani, live nearby and preserve their old folk-customs and cultures. Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, the Puzhehei Scenic Area offers people a fairyland with a tranquil environment and beautiful scenery. 

How to Get There

Puzhehei can be reached from Kunming by either of two methods.

 By Bus
From Kunming, travel to Qiubei County first, and then change to Qiubei County buses to reach Puzhehei. Many buses to Qiubei County can be found at the Kunming East Bus Station. The bus takes about 5 hours to reach Qiubei. Upon reaching the Qiubei Bus Terminal, take the Special-line Tourist Buses to get to the Puzhehei Scenic Area. The bus on this line is available from 07:00 to 16:30 and the trip takes 30 to 40 minutes. For the return trip to Qiubei County, the buses operate from 07:30 to 17:30.

 By air
You can fly from Kunming to Wenshan Puzhehei Airport first and then take a taxi to the scenic spot. There are daily flights, and the travel time is 50 minutes.

It is best to visit the Puzhehei Scenic Area from May to September, and especially in July and August. At that time, the lotus flowers are in full blossom. Besides, the local "Painted Face Festival" (Hualian Festival), the local busiest and happiest time, usually falls around July 18 and usually lasts for about one month.

If you love photography, this wonderful scenic spot is a paradise for you. Bring a high quality camera.

There are neither banks nor ATMs in the scenic spot, so bring some small denomination cash.

Once reaching Puzhehei, the fantastic water fighting game cannot be missed. If you want to participate, you'll need a plastic barrel, a one-off rain coat and a water gun. Also, cell phones, cameras and other electronic devices should be protected during the game.

Accommodation: There are four hotels and countless hostels in the Immortal Cave Village.
The temperature difference between day and night is large, so heavy coats are necessary. Also, bring a rain coat, sun helmet, sunglasses, sun cream and flashlight.

Admission Fee: Free, but visitors need to pay CNY 170 for the boat ride.

- Last modified on Aug. 28, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Puzhehei Scenic Area
Asked by Nicole from ISRAEL | Aug. 27, 2019 03:29Reply
A Hotel recommendation close to the center
Hello, we are 5 friends going to puzhehei and wondering if they are any recommendations for hostels/hotels in the area?
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Answered by Jason from USA | Aug. 28, 2019 01:08

The Ya Bei Boutique Hotel is recommended, which costs about CNY500 per night.
Asked by Cynthia from INDONESIA | Aug. 03, 2018 01:52Reply
I plan to visit puzhehei at 22 - 23 november 2018, fo you think it's a good time?
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Answered by Ben from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 06, 2018 23:39

The best time to visit Puzhehei is from June to November.
Asked by Laurie from CANADA | Jun. 02, 2018 04:14Reply
Is it possible to reach Yuanyang rice terraces from Puzhehei or Bamei? How?
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Answered by Paul from NEW ZEALAND | Jun. 04, 2018 22:49

Both of the routes you have to transfer at least for three times so it is suggested to hire a car.
Asked by Patinya from THAILAND | Jan. 05, 2018 20:50Reply
I plan two days trip to Puzhehei on 7-8 Jan18, do you think it's a good time??
I just immediate plan to go there tomorrow 7-8 Jan 18, do you think it's a good time?? How about the weather? Is it difficult to find the hotel to stay for one night?? How about the transportation from hi-speed train station to scenic area?? Thank you so much for your reply
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Answered by Ellen from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 07, 2018 21:41

According to forecast, it will be rainy and the temperature will be 2-10C. I don’t think it’s a good to visit there.
Most of the hotels are in the northwest of the scenic area, like Yihu Hotel, Qiubei Dexinyuan Inn, and Zhuyuan Hotel.
As for transport, you can take a private car to the scenic spot, which costs around 50RMB.
Asked by Priska from INDONESIA | Aug. 07, 2017 22:31Reply
Is it possible to reach Wenshan city from Lao Cai in Northern Vietnam w/o going to Kunming first ?
I plan to visit Northern Vietnam next year and then cross border to China.
I came to know this Puzhehei Scenic Area from the Chinese drama, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms as this place is depicted as Qing Qiu in the drama. I noticed that Yunnan Province is not too far from Northern Vietnam, so I think I can visit both countries at once since I really want to visit this scenic area.

I found that the nearest city of China from Lao Cai is the Hekou city, is there any public transport to directly go to Puzhehei without going to Kunming first ?
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Answered by Linda from CHINA | Aug. 08, 2017 03:18

Well, I am afraid there is no public transport between Hekou and the scenic area. You may need to charter a car for your trip. Otherwise, you may head for Kunming first. Then you can transfer a high speed train to PZH. Then you are about 20 kilometers to the scenic spot, so you can take a taxi to the destination.
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