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Matsutake is a delicious food material bestowed to people in Shangri-La by nature, and it is the “nobility” in wild edible mushrooms. It has not only rich fragrance but also mouth-watering and creamy texture leading people to endless aftertastes. Furthermore, matsutake has the unique anticancer substance--matsutake alcohol, making it the most precious natural medicinal fungus in the world.

Matsutake flourishes best in every August and September, at this time it is most delicious and with highest nutritional value. Once missed the time, no matsutake would be found and you had to wait a whole year to taste this ultimate delicacy.

If you watched the famous documentary A Bite of China, you would have some impression of the girl Dolma who appeared in the first episode. This September, when the matsutakes are growing flourishingly, let’s follow the local villager Dolma to start a tour of delicacy in virgin forest of Shangri-La, to look for this precious mushroom and enjoy the ultimate delicacy from nature, to experience the Tibetan customs by having dinner party by bonfire and tasting special local cuisines. Let’s go!


  • Day1Sept.10, 2015Arrival Kunming

    Arrive in Kunming and handle the hotel check-in procedure by yourself.

  • Day2Sept.11, 2015Kunming/ Shangri-La(B, L)

    Assemble at 11:00am and head for a restaurant where A Bite of China was shot to taste the matsutake dishes. Continue to visit the matsutake collecting & distributing base in Kunming after lunch. Once the tour in Kunming finished you will be transferred to airport for your flight to Shangri-La. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Have a good rest and prepare for the laborious but wonderful tour the next day.

  • Day3Sept.12, 2015Shangri-La(B, L, D)

    Depart from hotel at 6:00am and drive to Jidi Village (45 kilometers), where is the central origin of matsutakes. About one hour later, you will arrive in the village and enjoy Tibetan style breakfast (buttered tea and roasted hullessbarley flour cake) at the girl Dolma’s home. After that, follow the guide Dolma and walk about 20 minutes to the forest nearby. Under her guidance, you will start the tour to find the elf-like food matsutake. Down from the hill before 11:30am and have simple lunch at Dolma’s home, you will try freshly grilled matsutakes.

    This afternoon you will visit a matsutake market about 5 kilometers away from Dolma’s home. Matsutakes found by villagers will be sold the same day here and delivered worldwide within 48 hours to retain freshness. You can buy some from villagers before the fair over at 15:00pm, or stroll around villages to experience the Tibetan customs.

    Gather in the evening and have a dinner party by bonfire, you will enjoy special Tibetan foods such as roasted pork and buttered tea. Around 22:30pm you will go back to Shangri-La and arrive at hotel about one hour later.

  • Day4Sept.13, 2015Departure Shangri-La(B)

    Check out after breakfast and finish the laborious but wonderful tour in Shangri-La.

Price:USD598/person (exchange rate: USD1.00=CNY 6.2)

Tour Notice:

1. Price includes:

  • 1) Local vehicles in Kunming and Shangri-La (Day1 you should arrive at the hotel by yourself);
  • 2) 6 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner (regarding the lunch on Day3, simple food will be served, if you want meat dishes additional cost will be needed; 150 grams of matsutakes will be grilled for each person);
  • 3) 3 nights’ accommodation at 4-star hotels (twin beds room sharing);
  • 4) Kunming to Shangri-La one way airfare on Day2;
  • 5) Entrance fees;
  • 6) Service charge & Government taxes;
  • 7) Luggage transfers;
  • 8) Arrangements: the tour cost includes the planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

2. Price excludes: any fee not listed above in the “Price includes”.

3. You need to arrive in Kunming exactly on September 10, 2015.

4. The detailed arrangements (such as the order of visiting attractions) may change according to some specific conditions, including weather, transportation, etc.

5. Single room supplement will be charged if you want to stay alone, or any inconvenience caused by the number of males and females in the group. You can pay cash for it and communicate with us for coordination.

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