Duration: 4 hours时长：7 hours
Take an expert local guide
A full day (9am to 5pm) for 1-3 people is RMB 500, half-day is RMB 300
4 people is RMB 600, half day is RMB 350
5 people is RMB 700, half day is RMB 450
Pick up from Old THeatre Inn by local tuktuk at 9am, a short drive to the foot of the mountain, start our hike up into the mountain looking for mushrooms. Your local guide Apple (photo) will also give a short intro on the wild plants, herbs, edible veggies we come cross during the tour. You can pick some for our lunch as well later the day.
About 4 hours mushroom picking then return to Apple's house on the hillside to have lunch with amazing view overlook the whole valley. If you wish you can prepare lunch with the chef, we will cook whatever we pick from the mountain, plus Shaxi local goat cheese, a fresh green mixed salad from Apple's private garden.
Lunch is RMB 50 per person including drinks such as black tea, green tea or fresh mint tea.
After lunch a short mountain hike to a 80 year old farmer's cottage to visit his outdoor bee hive with a tiny herb garden.
Send back to your guesthouse around 5pm by tuktuk.
• Bring a raincoat in case
• Wear good shoes
• This time of the year snakes are very active
• Bring a big bottle of water
• I will carry a basket with me for the picking
• Transportation fee is RMB 50 round trip.
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All about Shaxi mushrooms
Pine Mushroom (song rong) Matsutake Tricholoma
After pests destroyed the Japanese matsutake industry more then ten years ago, Yunnan quickly stepped in, and now supplies Japan with more than half of its yearly demand. Previously they would fetch just 35 yuan per kilo at best, but now they command up to 500 USD per kilo towards the the end of season period. It is said that the matsutake were the only "plants" that survived the atomic bombing on Hiroshima in 1945, and since then the Japanese have developed a strong belief in their health benefits.
Porcini (meiwei niugan or delicious cow's liver mushrooms) Boletus edulis
There are more than one hundred and fifty varieties of boletus, but only a few varieties, the yellow, white and black ones, can be eaten. One trick is to fry them together with garlic slices. If the garlic turns black, then there is most definitely a problem. Boletus is said to dispel and, prevent colds, and strengthen the immune system. Yunnan had no SARS cases in 2003, and the locals claim this was because they eat so many mushrooms and fungus.
Dried Beef Mushroom (ganbajun) Thelephora
With is strong pine fragrance, this paper thin fungus has black and white wrinkles, and is surprisingly chewy. Shredding and frying only intensifies the sinus clearing, evergreen taste and smell. Found only in sandy soils and around the bases of pine trees, this species is limited only to Yunnan.
Termite mushrooms (jizong) Termitomyces albuminosus
As the Chinese name suggests, these taste just like tender chicken with a strong hint of 'umami', and are rich in protein, iron, calcium, and amino acids. The species gets its western name because it is actively cultivated by termites, The fungus converts woody material that the termites are unable to digest into sugars. Sometimes used as a sauce base, more often it adds a savory base to soups. Of course, it can also be stir fried along with the region's own version of prosciutto ham to make an delicious fried rice.
A perfect sunny day activity
Children's bikes and tandem bikes available
With our professionally created maps of Shaxi valley, enjoy a day out on our sturdy montain bikes. The roads in Shaxi are easily navigable and there are many alleys and trails to explore as well. Ride up to Shibaoshan or Bailongtan Spring if you want to make a day of it. Guides also available by reservation.
Guided or self-guided
Duration: 1/2 - full day
With countless trails and paths leading through Shaxi villages, farms and groves, there is so much to explore that you will want at least a day to see the Shaxi Valley. Use our expertly created maps to guide yourself or take a local guide arranged by Old Theatre Inn.
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Only available through Old Theatre Inn
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