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4 Days Kunming & Dongchuan Red Land Scenic Tour

Appreciate God's Magic Palette


Nature is so magic that it can depict the most beautiful colors on its land. Reputed as "God's Magic Platte", Dongchuan Red Land is famous for the incredible bursting colors and magnificent countless levels of smooth lined fields. And that even makes someone think this remote land at the northeast of Kunming is even more beautiful than that in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If you are nature lovers, you should not miss the spectacular scenery of Dongchuan Red Land with amazing and layer color of red, green, white, yellow, purple with mountainous backdrop. If you are photography enthusiasts, you are truly recommended to shoot many magnificent pictures at special locations and also you won't miss the fantastic sunrise and sunset view on such gorgeous place.

Best Time to Visit Dongchuan Red Land:

April to June and September to December is the best time to visit Dongchuan Red Land;

April - May: red land, golden wheat, buckwheat, green potato seedlings;

September: red land, golden wheat, white winter rape flowers, green potato seedlings, better for sunset glow;

November: red land, golden rape flower stalks, green turnip seedlings;

anuary - March: red land covered by white snow.

Highlights of this tour

  • Be amazed by the breathtaking sceneries of layers of bright red fields at Dongchuan Red Land, involve in the local simple life and slow your pace here;
  • Catch the rare time to watch the awesome sunrise and sunset of Dongchuan Red Land at the best location of Damakan and Luoxiagou and indulge in the idyllic rural countryside scenery;
  • Soak in the laid-back life pace in the City of Spring to enjoy your romantic holiday with classic visits to the top city bests.

Basic Trip Information

from $636
  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in a 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according to your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate.
Travel Route:
Kunming / Dongchuan / Kunming
Travel Length:
4 Days & 3 Nights
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Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
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Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Welcome to Kunming, the Spring City of China! Upon arrival at the Kunming airport/train station, the local tour guide and driver will meet you in the arrival hall and escort you to your hotel and help you check in.

After a short break, drive to explore Kunming Flowers & Birds Market. Walk along the narrow paths lined with various shops selling birds, fishes, flowers, antiques, fishing gear, etc. and watch local people finding their best things to buy with sounds of bargaining, chirping, etc.

Next, go to enjoy a cultural visit to Yuantong Temple that is one of the top oldest Buddhist temples in Kunming with more than 1,200 years’ history. Take your stroll there to feel the rich Buddhist atmosphere of three Buddhist sects filling the antique halls and houses specially designed into a traditional Chinese garden layout for a quite different appreciation of temple in China.

Then, walk to Kunming Green Lake nearby. This pretty park with a lovely lake, old-styled pavilions, corridors, flowers, etc. is the most popular place for an authentic feeling of local Kunming people’s leisure life with citizens singing, dancing, talking, exercising, etc. During November to the next March, Black-headed Gulls from Siberian will never be late to fly there for their expecting comfortable warm winter holiday. Do not miss playing with those adorable and vigorous elfin during your relaxing roam!

After today’s visiting, be escorted back to your hotel. Enjoy a good sleep!

Arrival Ideas: You can take a direct flight from more than 110 domestic cities and some international destinations including Hong Kong, Macao, Singapore, San Francisco, Tokyo, London, and Los Angeles. Also, you can take a bullet train from Chengdu (5.5 hours), Chongqing (4 hours), Guilin (8 hours), Guiyang (2 hours), Guangzhou (7 hours), Beijing (11 hours), Shanghai (11 hours), Hong Kong (7.5 hours), etc. with convenience!

Kunming Green Lake Winter Scenery Flower Market Kunming Kunming Yuantong Temple
Day 2 Kunming - Dongchuan Red Land (B, L)

Good morning! After breakfast, your guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and then escort you to Dongchuan Red Land for about 3 hours’ driving (150km northeast from Kunming downtown). Dongchuan Red Land located at 1,800-2,600 meters above sea is the most typical, featured and grand red land in the whole world. Favored by azure sky, white clouds and unpredictable light beams, it is also loved by world nature lovers and photographers to capture its unique spectacular beauty of lines, patches and colors!

In the afternoon, you will first go to visit Shuipingzi that is also called Yueliangtian (Moon Farmland) and featured with canyon scenery and terraced fields. Fill your eyes with the endlessly reaching red land hills rolling gently and find that one patch looking like a jade Chinese lute. The layers of fields will be irrigated into various geometric mirrors in spring and dressed by golden carpets in autumn for your visual capture.

Then, go to have a close look at the thousand-year-old Ancient Tree which is a giant ancient fir tree over 1,000 years old like a god protecting the vast red land. Later, visit Luoxiagou (Sunset Valley) to see the picturesque landscape of various bright and dark red colors with several white rural houses dotted on in the middle, which is one of the most beautiful sceneries of Dongchuan Red Land. You will catch the resplendent sunset with soft light shining down on the pieces of red and green land like a fairyland on earth or a luxury attire of corduroy. With villagers riding their little vehicle back to their rural houses after cultivation, the scene in front your eyes is a real idyllic painting of nature and people.

After that, be escorted back to your hotel. Have a good sleep!

Photography Tips:

1). Shuipingzi: April to May is best to see fields irrigated with water, when blue sky and white clouds are well mirrored in the water; Autumn is the best season to enjoy the sea of golden crops. 2). Luoxiagou sunset is best to shoot during 16:30-17:30 with best light.

Luoxiagou Valley, Best Site for Sunset Local People at Dongchuan Red Land
Day 3 Dongchuan - Kunming (B, L)

On this day, you will get up early to take awesome pictures of the sunrise at Damakan at 2,600 meters high that is the best place to admire sunrise at Dongchuan Red Land. Look from the high sightseeing deck, you will have the terrific idyllic scenery of kitchen smoke curling up from the rural houses, poplar trees sparkling under the slanting shining morning glows, and village half showing in the morning fog. All those will make you feel standing in a dreamland!

After that, continue your trip for photography and visit Jinxiu Garden, which is the master work of Dongchuan Red Land and is famous for its abundant colors and graceful layers. Prettier red and green land pieces connecting are quite suitable for local shooting. Appreciate the sightseeing at different angles along the plank road. Next, go to Qicai Slope (Colorful Slope) to admire the famous scenery of colorful land in iridescent hue, and the distinct patched colors look really like painted by the deity fond of painting. Nowhere else can be more beautiful than it on sunny days after the process of rain. And when the wind blows, layers of green, white, red, golden and more colors roll particularly like waves running to the ends of the earth.

Then, pay a visit to Yuepuao. You will not miss the lovely sightseeing of layers of paralleled curving fields like a giant colorful musical notation composing the beautiful song of nature and agriculture with the cultivating villagers and rural houses being the dynamic notes together. You can shoot sunset glow with good lights at dusk. Several hundred meters away Yuepuao, it is Luoshiwan (River Snail Bay) and Wafangliangzi (Tiled House Bridge) where you could capture the complete view of Yuepuao and folk houses on the land.

After the tour, drive back to your hotel in Kunming downtown. Enjoy your nice sleep!

Photography Tips:

1). Damakan: 06:00-07:00 is best to shoot sunrise with rural kitchen smoke, morning glow and fog. 2). Jinxiu Garden and Qicai Slope are cultivated with colorful crops, and April to May is best to shoot red land pictures with beautiful flowers including potato flowers, buckwheat flowers, etc. 3). Yuepuao: The short time after sunrise is best to shoot the fluent line of the field ridges with front light, and sunset hour is also great with backlight.

Qicai Slope Scenery in October ~ November Dongchuan Red Land Amazing Color in May
Day 4 Kunming & Kunming Departure (B)

Today, your guide and driver will escort you from your hotel to visit the famous Western Hills which is called “Sleeping Beauty Hills”, looking like a beautiful young lady lying beside Dian Lake (the largest freshwater in Yunnan and famed as the “Pearl on the Plateau”). It is a particularly pleasant experience to walk in such verdant forest mountain park with elegant sightseeing and a series of cultural relics and sites, including some old temples. You will not miss the symbolic visit to the magic Dragon Gate as it says “If you do not visit Western Hill, you haven't visited Kunming; if you do not come to Dragon Gate, you haven't been to Western Hills”, where to admire the colorful old grottoes on the wall and catch the panoramic view of the large peaceful Dianchi Lake and Kunming City. (You can visit the temples if interested. Huating Temple and Taihua Temple are included in the ticket.)

After that, drive back to Yunnan Nationalities Museum for a wonderful understanding of the 25 ethnic minority groups in vast Yunnan. This largest minority museum in whole Asia boasts a collection of over 20 thousand pieces (units) of precious cultural relics to show you the beautiful costumes, diverse ethnic festivals, daily life scenes, exquisite musical instruments, brilliant cultural texts, and so on to know the essence of Yunnan culture!

After the visiting, you’ll be escorted to the airport or train station to catch your flight/train (after 17:00) to next destination or home! (Note: If the departure time will not match your trip schedule, our travel consultant will help you adjust the itinerary to well suit your time. Please feel free to contact us.)

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Western Hill & Dragon Gate Yunnan Nationalities Museum

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