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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 Request
    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.
  • 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

Recommended Add-on Options

The quotation for this trip is from Request 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, 2021.
4. Reference exchange rate of USD 1= RMB 6.45. 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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Hi Rita.

Yes I’m aboard the train for Guangzhou. It was a really great trip. I have recommended my colleagues to visit and to contact you if they do.

Simon - 2020.06.30‚ UK, June 30, 2020

Hi Wonder

I hope things are returning to normal for you and that the impact in your business of covid-19 has not been too depressing. Please forgive my tardy response, for which there is no excuse!

I flew from Shanghai to Saigon just 3 days before the flights were banned and managed to spend a great 4 weeks travelling through Cambodia and Thailand as well as re-entering Vietnam in Hanoi and touring back to Saigon for a week returning to UK on 22 February, where I completed 2 weeks of self isolation with my wife. As you will know we have been locked down for 9 weeks now so life is very different to how it was before I left for China back on 12 January! I have inserted my answers to your questions below and hope they are helpful to you.

1. Is your travel consultant of our company fast enough to answer your E-mail and patient enough to answer your questions?

Wonder Wang, at China Discovery, was very helpful and responsive to my questions and needs and I felt supported and safe in a strange land, especially during a period of uncertainty when I lost key documentation and needed to ensure its replacement before I left China, and also during a time when many around us were conscious of the emerging coved 19 pandemic (Mid to late January 2020).

2. How’s the service of the tour guides during your whole tour?

Very attentive and knowledgeable. Maybe it’s my age (67) but at times I found understanding their English a challenge but they were all patient with me and would repeat their explanations when I asked them to. 

3. Would you like to recommend our company?

 I have no hesitation in recommending China Discovery to anyone looking for a bespoke trip to the land of Wonder that is China.

Thanks again for all you did for me during the China leg of my trip. I had a wonderful time.

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Simon - 2020.05.25‚ UK, May 25, 2020

Hi Zeva,

Thanks for Advise, you also take care of yourself. Hoping we will be in touch, after this episode. You have blessed time, till we contact again.

Bobby

Bobby - 2020.03.14‚ , March 14, 2020

Zeva, 

China is still on our list, but not at this time. We have canceled other trips until a later date. I will contact you when we start making our plans to visit China.

Thanks,

Don

Don - 2020.03.11‚ , March 11, 2020

Hello Zeva!

Unfortunately, we will not be visiting China this year. We are very sad. Our daughter was working in Shanghai but had to come back to the U.S. so we will not be visiting her there.

If we decide to plan a trip to China in the future we will certainly contact you.

I hope you remain healthy!

Kim

Kim - 2020.03.09‚ , March 09, 2020
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Here are recent candid photos of this China trip

  • 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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