Ancient Tea Route

Ancient Tea Route, Lijiang: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Ancient Tea Route Reviews: 3.5/5

Ancient Tea Route
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CelLee
Beijing, China109 contributions
Get a package from the old town
Sep 2014 • Couples
It's very much cheaper to get the package from Lijiang old town that offers almost the same ride and route including meal and transport. Because we already had a hired private driver for our Lijiang tour, we came to this Ancient tea route place along the way. Since we were already here and did not want to return without trying out the route, we paid the listed price 380rmb (unfortunately can't bargain) for the horse ride and boat ride for the supposedly longer route.

Overall, the route was muddy, path narrow and scary. It seems there are several routes and this was one of which craved out and shared among a group of villagers managing horse stables. My horse tripped a couple of times while going up and down the narrow and slippery path, which was mainly due to his newly nailed horseshoe that was neither suitable for stone nor pebble paths. Strolling along the village road, we enjoyed the views of the Naxi houses and its residents. Up hill views were refreshing with fresh air, clear running stream and overview of the Lashi lake. After the horse ride, we took the boat ride and it became our personal boat since there weren't other tourists. Along the waters, we met another boatman selling various BBQ fish and beer on his boat which we bought a plate of small fish from him. The experience was fun and fish was simply tasty but not cheap.
Written October 2, 2014
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Brigit S
Hua Hin, Thailand768 contributions
Enjoyable, interesting
Sep 2014 • Friends
The Ancient Tea Route originally started out in the Pu Er region of Yunnan which has been growing tea for hundreds of years. The tea was transported on horse back to the Middle East and Europe via the Himalayas. The caravans came up from Pu Er to the Dali/Shaxi region and on to Shangri la. Shaxi was a stop over for the tea caravans where the horses were exchanged. This route has a long history and is interesting as well as picturesque.
Written October 2, 2014
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Cwwsim
Singapore, Singapore507 contributions
The highlight of our Lijiang trip!
Apr 2014 • Couples
We were contemplating whether to go horse riding on this Ancient Tea Route. Came highly reccomended by owner of boutique hotel - The Bivou which we stayed at. Decided to take up package with hotel and I must say that was probably the best decision we made after reading the various reviews by other tripadvisors.

We were picked up by a manager - Xiao Zhang - who manages a group of farmers rearing horses. We were told his is more of a co-op business whereby the farmers and him shares whatever they earn equally and some is donated to the old folks in the village.

The scenic views of the village was amazing! Blossoming flowers, flowering fruit trees, blooming corn fields.... these are the scenes that city dwellers do not get! Yes butt was numb after being on the Yunnan horses for an hour or so but the view and the fresh air you get is more than worth it!

We were brought to Xiao Zhang's aunty's home for lunch - a delicious homemade steamboat filled with home made cured yunnan ham, homemade tofu, homemade noodles, everything was home made! Very tasty though I must admit I had to sterilized the bowls and cups with the hot water they provided when the aunty was at the kitchen busy cooking! =P

Glad we met lovely people and even lovelier sights! =)
Written April 24, 2014
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fablejas
Singapore, Singapore32 contributions
A painful but enjoyable experience
Mar 2013 • Solo
For those without any experience, 4 hours of horse ride is too long. Go for the short course option instead. The road was rough and bumping down the hill while balancing on the horse was no joke. That said, the view along the way was interesting. In March, it only costed my 150rmb for the full course including steamboat lunch and boat ride on Lashi lake. Butt hurt badly the next day though.
Written May 22, 2013
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Jon1796
Beijing, China1,080 contributions
a pleasant journey on the back of a horse/mule hybrid
Dec 2012 • Solo
this literally is the ancient route which people used to follow in order to ferry tea. really not that much of interest to see along the way, but a nice way to combine with a visit to Lashi lake. Tourist price is 460RMB per person that is definitely not worth it. For a 1hr ride, you shuld be able to bargain down to 200RMB range.
Written January 8, 2013
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Jack Y
San Diego, CA134 contributions
Excellent if You Like Horse Ride
Jun 2012 • Family
You can find the cheapest package in town for as little as 120RMB. Do not take these cheap packages, because the horse ride portion is inside the village. The one I went was 180RMB, which I purchased from the guesthouse I stayed. A driver will take you to Lashi Lake, about 20 minutes drive. Once you get there, check in and pay the guy at the window. He will ask you to buy extra insurance, which you should decline because you have no idea about the terms and conditions or the coverage. You wil ride the horse through the village, passing a creek, and up a hill to a breaktaking viewing area. There is a 15-minute break at the viewing area, where you can view the entire Lashi lake. After the break you will ride the horse down the hill and back to the lake. From there you can go for a boat ride (kind of boring) and have a picnic lunch (I do not like the lunch very much, does not seem to me very clean).

The best part of the tour is the horse riding, in my oipnion. The horses they use are local Yunnan horses, much smaller (500 to 600 lbs) than the western horses. There is no helmet, so make sure you grab the saddles very tightly. There is also no age limit.
Written July 13, 2012
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Ricca67
Singapore, Singapore19 contributions
remember pay no more than CNY200 to take full course
Mar 2012 • Friends
Ancient Tea Route is a long way, it's the part of it. At the end of the road, you will see the source of Lashi Lake.If you like ancient or riding, just do it. But don't believe what you see on the board at the entrance which displays more than CNY400 for a full course including one hour riding and 20 mins boating. Our driver didn't get enough commison from our shopping, so he charged us a "local" price as 300pp.After we returned to inn, the inn keeper told us the full course just worth 100~150 if go with a honest local.BTW,if it's not the season for watching migrant bird, strongly NOT recommend the boating course,which is a tiny old boat floating on a small cold river. If you like hiking, head to A La Ding, Lv you,such kind of chain outdoor sports&travel company,they offer reasonable price without shopping and cheating.
Written July 5, 2012
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k_lcy
Hong Kong, China65 contributions
funny horse ride
Aug 2011 • Friends
joined a tour to Lashi lake and horse ride on ancient tea route, it costed RMB200, kinda reasonable for a day tour.

It's fun to ride a horse visit the route. Worths visiting, but be careful of the unreasonably expensive tour, prob cost you RMB400. Ask the hostels or guest houses u stayed for details, if they recommend an expensive one, just leave it.
Written April 6, 2012
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