ENJOY LIKE A LOCAL

Traveling is best remembered by the friends you make along the way


Southwest China is famous for it's great ethnic diversity, and the local people who make it a fantastic place to explore. We would love to help you getting closer to the locals, immersing yourself into their daily life, share happy moments together and make new friends. 

In this section you will find our most in depth itineraries with a focus on personal interactions, beneficial for you as well as for the local people you meet. This includes:

Home stays, Farm stays, Family visits, Markets and Festivals. 

Most of these itineraries can be tailor made for families and groups of various sizes, and depending on your interests.


 “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay at home.” - James Michener


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Go to the market – Odyssey

Colorful rural markets - Ethnic groups: Dai Na, Dai Ya, Dai Lue, Indigo Yao, Red Hat Yao, Sha Yao, White Miao, Green Miao, Flowery Miao, Zhuang, Bailo, Hualo, Alu, Akha, Biyue, Hami, Guojiao, Lahu, Jinpo, Jino, Axi, Sani - Natural beauty
If you have more than three weeks time, and have a special interest in Yunnan's ethnological richness, we can take you all along the Southern borderlands to small places that very few tourists ever visit. With 26 different ethnic groups, and dozens of subgroups...

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22 - moreDAYS

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Enchanted by Festivals - Guizhou festival trip

Ethnic groups: Miao, Dong, Lao Han, Buyi - Gejia Lusheng festival - Sister's meal - Miao New Year - Dong Singing
Guizhou, and especially its southwest, is a place of colorful festivals. During any trip there is always a big chance of tumbling onto an unplanned wedding, funeral or other ceremony, and it will be one of the highlights of your trip with Zomya. If you want a better opportunity to share in local celebrations...

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Enchanted by Festivals - Yunnan festival trip

Ethnic groups: Lolo / Yi, Yao, Miao, Hani, Dai, Zhuang, Tibetan, Bai, Naxi, Lisu, Lahu, Wa, Jinpo, Jinuo, Dong, ...
A typical aspect of Yunnan is that all the different minorities, with their distinct histories, all have their own very different traditions. One thing they all share in common is the love of getting together and celebrate. During any trip there is always a big chance of tumbling...

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3 - moreDAYS

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Go to the market – Southeastern Yunnan

Colorful rural markets - Ethnic groups: Dai Na, Indigo Yao, Red Hat Yao, Sha Yao, Miao, Zhuang, Bailo, Hualo, Alu - Natural beauty - Traditional villages
Yunnan's biggest attraction is its ethnic diversity, there are 26 different ethnic groups, and dozens of subgroups. Some of which have only been discovered in recent years. The best way to enjoy the ethnic atmosphere and to appreciate the local culture is to go to markets...

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15 - 21DAYS

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Go to the market - Southern Yunnan Market Trip

Colorful rural markets - Ethnic groups: Dai Ya, Yao, Miao, Hani, Yi, Zhuang - Natural beauty - Traditional villages
he best way to enjoy the daily life and to appreciate the local culture is to go to markets. Colorful markets hidden in the mountains of southern Yunnan, near the China - Vietnam and the China Laos border, are always crowded with people wearing traditional costume...

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8 - 14DAYS

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Home stay in little village

Countryside life - Traditional village - Ethnic groups: Lahu, Bulang - Home stay - Hiking
The best thing after a long hike is to see the destination village in front, smoke coming out of the chimneys, everything seems peaceful and tranquil. In this trip, Zomya will lead you to the most traditional ethnic minority villages. You will enjoy time away from modern...

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3 - 5DAYS

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A Taste of Tea – In Depth Tea Journey

Hiking - Chinese tea culture - Bamboo tea - Tea salad - Clay pot tea - Traditional village - Home stay
Yunnan is not only widely regarded as the birthplace of tea, it is also the only place where you will find all the different kinds of tea being produced: White, green, oolong, black and pu'er. And the ethnic minorities that first discovered tea even see it as a food item and...

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5DAYS

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A Bite of Yunnan – Gastronomic Trip

Dancing with dishes - Yunnan liquor - Home style cooking - Ethnic cuisine - Traditional villages
民以食为天, an old Chinese saying means as much as “hunger breeds discontentment ”. This is why any trip in China will be a non-stop discovery of different delicacies in different places. The best way to enjoy like a local for foodies is to taste all the 名菜(mingcai, famous dishes)...

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3 - 7DAYS

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A Bite of Yunnan – Vegetarian Trip

Cheese making village - Meal in Buddhist temple - Tofu workshop - Rice wine - Mushroom banquet - Grandma Wang’s home cooked dinner - Cooking class
Yunnan as a vegetable lover. Lush forests and fertile farmland provide a huge variety of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and even edible ferns and lichens. It is a delight to see how an ingenious chef magically turns all these natural ingredients into a banquet of...

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3 - 7DAYS

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Shaxi – Entrance to the Nanzhao Kingdom

Trekking - Ancient stone carving - Old towns - Salt mines - Market - Home stay
Shaxi has a long history dating back to the warring states (475 – 221 B.C.) and started to flourish under the Nanzhao kingdom (738 – 902 A.D.), as an important entrance to the Tibet plateau to the North and India to the West. Local Han, Tibetan, Yi, Naxi and...

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