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4 Days Kunming & Dongchuan Red Land Scenic Tour

God's Magic Palette


Nature is so magic that it can depict the most beautiful colorful on its land. Reputed as "God's Magic Platte", Dongchuan Red Land is famous for the incredible bursting colors and someone think it 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 can shoot many magnificent pictures at special locations and also you won't miss sunrise and sunset view. The best time to come to Dongchuan Red Land is May to June, September to December.

Highlights of this tour

  • Be amazed by the breathtaking colorful painting scenery of Dongchuan Red Land and involve in the local simple life and slow your pace here;
  • Catch the rare time to watch sunrise and sunset of Dongchuan Red Land and indulge in the idyllic rural countryside scenery;
  • Explore leisurely in the City of Spring.

Basic Trip Information

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  1. 1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling in low seasons;
  2. 2. This price is subject to change according 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
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day (Can Be Customized)

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.

After a short rest, pay a visit to the 1200-year-old Yuantong Buddhist Temple, the largest temple in Kunming City. Learn Buddhism’s three traditions and seek for some calmness and peacefulness by exploring this impressive temple. Later, walk a few minutes to the most picturesque park in Kunming urban area - the Green Lake Park. Here you can share the happiness of local people’s doing tai chi, performing local opera, and other vibrant activities. If you visit the park in November or December, you will see the grandeur of huge flocks of black-headed gulls that migrate there from Siberia.

After visiting the vibrant park, be followed a trip to visit the Flowers & Birds Market to witness Kunming is a city of "flower".

Green Lake Winter Scene
Day 2 Kunming - Dongchuan Red Land (B, L)

In this morning, your guide and driver will pick you up at hotel. Then, transfer to Dongchuan with 3 hours’ drive (about 180 kilometers northeast of Kunming). Dongchuan Red Land is the most typical and featured red land in the world, located at 1800~2600 meters above the sea level. Azure sky, white clouds, unpredictable light and the red land form the dazzling colors and spectacular scenery.

In this afternoon, you will first enjoy a trip to Shuipingzi. It features endless layers of rice terraces, stretching itself to the horizon. In spring, you can shoot the irrigation scenery of the paddy fields, while autumn is great time to shoot the golden paddy fields. Then, have a close look at the thousand-year-old Ancient Tree which is regarded as the holy tree by local people. Later, head to Luoxiagou Valley to enjoy magnificent view onto the villages and farmlands surrounded by red land. The sunset atmosphere in the late afternoon turns the splendid views to an even more remarkable event, offering almost endless opportunities to photographers. Shoot the amazing sunset view at a good location at Luoxiagou Valley. 

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. In the early morning, smoke curling up from the chimney, the rosy sunglow spreading all over the sky, it takes you into a dreamland. Standing on the highway and you can overlook the red land and the beautiful sunrise. (Please note: you’d better get up early and reach there before 06:30. The sunrise may stretch out the horizon around 07:00.)

After that, continue your trip for photography. You will reach Jinxiu Garden, a vast expanse of many rolling hills with red fields. Then, get to Qicai Slope, a place gets its name from seven fields with seven different colors. It is a great site to shoot the colorful Dongchuan Red Land. Later, pay a visit to Yuepuao. You won’t miss the breathtaking view of Yuepuao with elegant lines just like musical notation. 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 Kunming and transfer to your hotel. 

Dongchuan Ancient Tree View
Day 4 Kunming & Kunming Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up at hotel. Today, you’ll start the tour to 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 will be a perfectly lovely trip to walk in this long wedge of parkland and explore the famous temples (Huating Temple and Taihua Temple included) and other cultural relics. There is a saying: 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. Make some effort to climb up to magic Dragon Gate where you’ll appreciate the panoramic view of Dian Lake as well as see a group of grottoes and sculptures.

Then, continue your trip to Yunnan Nationalities Museum, the largest minority museum in China. You’ll lift the mysterious veil of China’s 52 ethnic groups and learn through many interesting exhibits like ethnic clothing, textiles, musical instruments, folk masks, folk arts and folk pottery, literature and so on.

After the fascinating tour, you’ll be escorted to the airport or train station to catch your flight/train (after 17:00) to next destination! (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.)

Western Hill & Dragon Gate Yunnan Nationalities Museum

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