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4 Days Kunming & Luoping Canola Flowers Appreciation Tour

Meet the Most Beautiful Spring in Luoping & Feel Buyi Ethnic Culture

Kunming is reputed as the Eternal Spring City of China with flowers blossom all year round. While, how about meeting the most beautiful SPRING in Yunnan Province? There is a place called Luoping, about 213 kilometers in the east of Kunming. It is the Largest Natural Garden in the World and home to one of the largest plantations of canola flowers in southwest China. Every year from the late January to the early April, thousand square meters Rapeseed Flowers is blooming flourishingly in the whole county of Luoping. You will never miss the panoramic view of the vast golden canola flowers sea by ascending atop of a hill with good location.Looking far, you just see golden and yellow colors stretching to the horizon while standing in a huge natural garden.

Most importantly, you’ll visit the rape flower sea in the morning or in the late afternoon to shoot the beautiful sunrise or sunset scene! You’ll really be enchanted in the Chinese-painting like scenery.

The best time to visit Luoping County is during late January to early April. The famous Luoping International Canola Flower Culture Festival is usually at the middle February to the early Spring. The exact date for opening ceremony varies every year. If you are interested in the 2021 Canola Flowers Festival, you can contact our travel consultants for more information.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-KMLT-04
  • Price : from $721
    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.
  • Trip Length : 4D/3N
  • Theme : Nature / Landscape

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Throw yourselves into the Stone Forest formed about 270 million years ago and catch a panoramic view of thousands of limestone rock formation erecting upward from the earth;
  • Be amazed at the incredible work of art made by farmers in Niujie Luosi Field and appreciate the golden land carved into screw; enjoy gentle sunrise shining over the sea of golden canola flowers at Jinji Hill.
  • Pay a visit to the Nine Dragon Waterfalls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in China, for a panoramic view of 10 cascades pouring down among the green valleys;
  • Luoping County is the melting pot for many ethnic groups and the majority is Buyi people. You have chance to meet them who dressed in traditional ethnic costumes and know their unique culture.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Kunming Arrival & Kunming

Arrive in Kunming & Transfer to Your Hotel in Kunming Downtown Area

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. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the comfortable cityscape and leisure atmosphere there! Have a good rest!

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!

Free-time Ideas (If you arrive early): In this afternoon, 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!

  • Kunming Green Lake Winter Scenery Kunming Green Lake Winter Scenery
  • Kunming Yuantong Temple Kunming Yuantong Temple

Day 2 Kunming - Stone Forest - Luoping (B, L)

Kunming Stone Forest - Drive to Luoping County - Niujie Luosi Field

After breakfast, your local guide and driver will meet you at your hotel and then escort you to discover Stone Forest first for about 1.5 hours’ riding (85km)!

Kunming Stone Forest as the “Essence of World Karst Landform” has been listed as the UNESCO World Natural Heritage with the incomparable coverage of 12 square kilometers’ stone pinnacle groups. Take the sightseeing bus to visit the Greater Stone Forest Scenic Area to admire the typical concentrating cinerous stone pinnacles by walking through the maze of stone peaks and jumping high for the panorama of the forest of protruding stone peaks. Also, you will see the famous peak on many photos and even stones towering over 40 meters. Then, continue to ride the bus to explore the Lesser Stone Forest to closely look at the iconic stone “Ashima” like a young lady, listen to the touching love story of Ashima, and fill your eyes with the emerald garden-like park of wilder stone peaks surrounded by lush green plants and blossoms. Take the sightseeing bus to exit the scenic park.

Later, drive about 143km to Niujie Luosi Field, which is one of the three best places to shoot golden canola flowers in the beautiful spring in Luoping County. Luosi means “screw” and the flowers in Luosi Field are grown in circular rings following the contours of the slopes. Reach the observation deck at a high location and enjoy a panoramic view of the whole field looking like the rings of a snail’s shell, akin to rice terraces in corkscrew patterns. It is a true work of art created by local farmers.

After the tour, drive to Luoping County for accommodation.

  • Major Stone Forest Major Stone Forest
  • Golden Canola Flowers in Niujie Luosi Field Golden Canola Flowers in Niujie Luosi Field

Day 3 Luoping (B, L)

Jinji Hills - Nine Dragon Waterfalls - Duoyi River Scenic Area - Hundreds of Thousands of Mountains

In this morning, try to get up early and get to Jinji Hills (Golden Rooster Hills), the best site to watch sunrise in Luoping. The landscape here is flat, punctuated by a few mounds of lovely karst hills, breaking the monotony. Catch the best time to enjoy sun gradually rising and the sunlight sprinkling on the golden flower sea. That vast expanse of rapeseed fields has so much like an extraordinary rural painting, stretching far away through villages, country roads, streams, hills… and to connect the azure sky! If you are photographers, you can head to Lingyi Temple for the superlative panorama, where has a better perspective of the vastness and magnificence of the farms.

Later, drive to Nine Dragon Waterfalls, listed as one of China’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls, with 10 cascades level by level situated among the green hills. Take a cable car up the hill to the viewing platform, where you can have a bird’s eye view of the waterfalls and golden canola flowers nearby. After fascinating sightseeing above, walk the area and down the hill to the biggest and most spectacular waterfall called Shenlong Waterfall - 56-meter-high and 112-meter-wide. Take a leisure walk to the upper valley for an appreciation of other cascades.

After that, transfer to Duoyi River Scenic Area where you can feel the ethnic flavor of Buyi people. With a full length of about 12 kilometers, Duoyi River has nearly 40 waterfalls, surrounded by ancient trees, and the traditional Buyi villages built along the emerald river. Take a delightful bamboo raft on the river and immerse yourselves in the intoxicating sceneries. If you come to Double Third Day of Buyi group (the Water-Sprinkling Festival), you can experience more culture and traditions of this minority.

On the way back to Luoping County, you’ll have the chance to pass by Hundreds of Thousands of Mountains, hundreds of square kilometers vast area with numerous peaks widespread. The peaks are in tower-shaped, pointed cone, or rounded dotted on the farmland - it is very charming at dusk.

Get to your hotel in Luoping and have a good rest.

  • Best Sunrise in Jinji Hills Best Sunrise in Jinji Hills
  • China's Largest and Most Beautiful - Nine Dragon Waterfalls China's Largest and Most Beautiful - Nine Dragon Waterfalls
  • Bamboo Raft on Duoyi River Bamboo Raft on Duoyi River
  • Massive Hundreds of Thousands of Mountains Massive Hundreds of Thousands of Mountains

Day 4 Luoping - Kunming Departure (B)

Drive from Luoping County to Kunming for Departure

After breakfast, it is time to say goodbye to this golden land. Your guide and driver will escort you directly from Luoping to the airport or railway station in Kunming to catch your flight/train to next destination.

  • Kunming Flight Kunming Flight
  • Kunming Train Kunming Train

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The quotation for this trip is from $721 Per Person

1. This price is for one person, based on a group of 2 adults sharing one standard double-bed room in 4-star hotel and traveling with our private tour in low seasons.
2. This price is subject to change according your traveling season, group size, hotel class, change of activities in your itinerary and possible fluctuation of currency exchange rate. If you want a lower price, you can get more people to join you, or use economy class hotels.
3. This price is only valid to March 31, 2022.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.65. The final quote is based on current exchange rate. It may change according to the currency fluctuation, while the RMB quotation will be remained the same.

What's included?

  • Professional licensed English-speaking guide;
  • Admission tickets for all attractions listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation as listed in the itinerary (4-star standard);
  • Necessary vehicle transfers as listed in the itinerary;
  • Domestic flights (economy class) and high-speed trains (second class) as listed in the itinerary;
  • Airport (and train station) pick up and drop off;
  • Luggage Transfers: between airports (railway station) and hotels;
  • All meals as listed( “B” for Chinese and Western breakfast buffet in your hotel; “L” for Chinese Lunch in local restaurant; “D” for Chinese dinner in local restaurant.);
  • Accident insurance;
  • Our service charge, including tour planning, handling, operational and communication charges.

What's excluded?

  • China visa;
  • Personal expenses;
  • Accommodation not listed in the itinerary;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • Tourist sites which are not listed in the itinerary;
  • Recommended optional activities;
  • Flights or trains not listed in the itinerary;
  • Excess Baggage Charges;
  • Optional tips to guides, drivers, etc.

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Has been great day in Guilin. Reed Flute Cave very cool and Shirely very knowledgable! And gave me a sweet birthday surprise - John

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John - 2021.01.14‚ USA, January 14, 2021

Hi Lily,

Everything is very good! Hilary is marvelous. The driver is also great! Thanks for putting a very good tour for me and my husband.

We want to express our formal thanksgiving to the fantastic vacation in Harbin with Hilary and the driver. Thanks also to you and all planning. We appreciate very much the great job you all did to make our special vacation unforgettable!

Janislene - 2021.01.11‚ Brazil, January 11, 2021

Hi Echo!

We’re back at the hotel. Everything was very good. The car great and the driver very polite and nice, he helped us with everything! ️Thanks for your help as well! We keep in touch for future trips! Have a nice evening!

Laura - 2021.01.11‚ Spain, January 11, 2021

Hello Tracy,

Everything is awesome. Both driver and Hilary are great.

Natasa - 2021.01.10‚ Serbia, January 10, 2021

Hello Wonder,

Our trip were very well. 

Harbin:

The driver who picked us in aeroport, the train and in our visited to city was fantastic. He drove very well and my family felt safe.

We liked all places we visited and the time we had in these place. The city is very clean and so different of Nanjing. We lliked the experience of food and the restaurant.

The guide was amazing and he have a good english.He explained a lot of facts of city very interesting and the place we visited. He gave space for we had good moments in family. It is very good. 

Yabuli:

The hotel Club Med for us was wonderful.

 I m going to talk the hotel by steps:

 

1- Bedroom:

The bedroon was very big with 2 individual beds for our children and a room for us with a big and confortable bed. The bathrooms were ok. It was very clean and with a lot of space to put our clothes. In the bedroom they have a smale space with a fridge, a cups to drink coffee, tea and bottles of water. we didn´t pay anything that we consumed in bedroom and everday they putted what was miss. All nigths they opened the bedroom and cleaned the garbage bins and offered some gifts(orange, cherries)

2- Food

 They have 2 restaurants one workes like buffet and another workes in the evening with hotpot dinner that we need to booking. We didnt try this restaurant because the buffet restaurant was so good and all time they have western food.

The buffet restaurant the food like I said was good and different everday. The problem of this restaurant was noise because were a lot of pleople there. In the evening of New Year they had a different menu with a lot of seafood and gourmet.

For adults they have a good wine and beer.

They have food all the time for the guest in the bar or in the restaurant that workes in the evening.

This is the hotel with all inclusive very good.

3- Animation and activities

The animation for the children were wonderfuly. They started at 8:30am and finished at 5:00pm. The children can lunch with staff or with parents.

The ski class for children start at 9am and they have like 2 hours in the morning and 2h in afternoon. If they don´t want making ski they play in the club med with staff and they can do climbing too.

For a 1st January the kids staff prepared a show with the kids very nice.

For adults they have ioga class in the morning and afternoon, dance class, ski class and another activities.

The ski class some teachers speak a little bit of english and if they don´t speak someone translate for us or we saw the teacher to do ski and we can understand. I think it is easy for a foreign do ski in this class.

They have class for all pleople, they have a rent material good and if we prefer buy it is possible.

The hotel has been prepare for pleople don´t want to do ski and enjoy a relax moment in the mountain.

They have a club for families doing activities together they call amazing family.

All evenings they have a show or some activities for guests. 

In the evening new year they had fire works, a party and a show. In the first day of year like I said they did the children show and then they had a candyland to offer the guests.

4- Space

All space of hotel was clean, big, with a beautifull decoration and moderm style.

The swimming pool is big and it is nice have a good moments in jacuuzzi outside with snow and cold.

The gym is ok and they have a spa too. 

5- Language

It is easy to find someone that speak english. I think the hotel is for foreign pleople or chinese pleople who like the western style.

We liked a lot our holidays, we were able to relax and have a good moments in family.

I hope this description of hotel help you. If you need more informationa please contact me.

Best regards

Ana Oliveira

Ana - 2021.01.05‚ Portugal, January 5, 2021
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  • Kunming Green Lake Winter Scenery Kunming Green Lake Winter Scenery
  • Kunming Yuantong Temple Kunming Yuantong Temple
  • Major Stone Forest Major Stone Forest
  • Golden Canola Flowers in Niujie Luosi Field Golden Canola Flowers in Niujie Luosi Field
  • Best Sunrise in Jinji Hills Best Sunrise in Jinji Hills
  • China's Largest and Most Beautiful - Nine Dragon Waterfalls China's Largest and Most Beautiful - Nine Dragon Waterfalls
  • Bamboo Raft on Duoyi River Bamboo Raft on Duoyi River
  • Massive Hundreds of Thousands of Mountains Massive Hundreds of Thousands of Mountains
  • Kunming Flight Kunming Flight
  • Kunming Train Kunming Train

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