3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terrace Hiking Tour for Hani Culture Exploration

Hike and Explore, the most beautiful rice terrace unfolding in your eyes

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Travel on foot when you really want to learn about a place! Over the past 1300 years, the Hani people have developed a complex system of channels to bring water from the forested mountaintops to terraces. The Yuanyang Rice Terrace is a testimonial to demonstrate extraordinary harmony between Hani people and their environment, both visually and ecologically.

In this 3 days hiking tour, you’ll get very close up to Longshuba Rice Terrace and Hani people in Azheke Village, shoot amazing sunrise at Duoyishu Rice Terrace and magnificent sunset at Laohuzui.

Highlights of this tour

  • Be marveled at the enthralling sunrise and sunset Rice Terraces view;
  • Trekking along terraces and have a bird view the overwhelming landscape and see layers of one slope reach 3700, making it very magnificent like the ladder to heaven;
  • Experience Hani Culture and their authentic life by attending ethnic bazaar and visiting primitive Hani village.

Recent news: Due to the collapse caused by the sudden mud-rock flow and heavy rain in Yuanyang, the Tiger Mouth Rice Terraces is temporarily closed. At present, Duoyishu scenic area and Bada scenic area are still opening to the public. We will update the news once we get the official notice of the reopening of the Tiger Mouth Rice Terraces.

Basic Trip Information

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.
Travel Route:
Kunming / Yuanyang / Kunming
Travel Length:
3 Days & 2 Nights
Tour Code:
CD-YYHT-03
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Experience:
ArchitectureCultureHikingPhotograph
Departure:
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Kunming - Yuanyang (L)

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On this day, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel. Then, drive about 350km (about 6 hours) from Kunming to Yuanyang. On the way, you have chance to see some ethnic minority villages.

Upon arrival in Yuanyang, take some rest and then enjoy a hiking trip to explore Longshuba Rice Terrace. Located 5 km at the southwest of Xinjie Town, Longshuba Rice Terrace is only accessible by foot. You’ll get very close up the colorful rice paddies. The beautiful red duckweed floating on the fields, fine-line carved rice ridges, blue sky, white clouds and gentle sunshine, herds of buffalos, blossom rape flowers…make you walk in an idyllic and harmonious Chinese painting.

Later, you’ll catch the perfect time to watch sunset at Laohuzui Rice Terrace. Laohuzui, also called Tiger Mouth Rice Terraces after its shape, is the steepest, the grandest, the most magnificent Rice Terrace among all the rice terraces of Yuanyang. You can stand at the higher viewing deck to have a panoramic view of the whole Laohuzui Rice Terrace, also by getting down to the lower viewing deck to shoot many amazing photos - sometimes like two horses galloping quickly, sometimes like millions of snakes wriggling, sometimes like a white flower blooming…

Stay overnight in Yuanyang County.

Longshuba Rice TerraceLaohuzui Rice Terrace Spectacular View
Day 2 Yuanyang Rice Terrace & Village Hiking (B)

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In early morning, you'll be driven to Duoyishu Village and enjoy the beautiful view of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields, especially when the sun appears above the eastern horizon and rice terraces change its color into golden, shining brilliantly. If the weather permits, you will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farmlands under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular and harmonious.

Later, you'll attend the Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang, a place for local people trading daily supplies, including fresh vegetable, fruits, meats, and many kinds of food and daily necessities. It is a great opportunity for getting close to Hani people’s living conditions.

Later, enjoy a hiking trip (about 1.5~2 hours) to Azheke Village, one of the most primitive and distinctive Hani minority villages in Yuanyang. Azheke is featured as the largest number of mushroom houses. Along the way, you’ll see numerous old mushroom houses, stone mills, sheep, buffalos, back pigs, smoke rising continuously from the chimneys…continue hiking forwards, you’ll reach rice paddies and see locals working in the fields. Forest-Rice Terrace-Rivers-Villages unfolding in your eyes, it will be a memorable and enjoyable hiking trip!

Lastly, have a nice shoot in the spectacular Bada Hani Rice Terrace. At dusk, when the sun shines on the 950 hectares rice paddies rising from 800 meters to 2000 meters, the magnificent scene forms, like the latters toward heaven. Hold your breath when sunset glow shining upon the paddies and you'll see the 3700 level terraces first turns pink, then rosy and later dark red, pink, golden and white…

Stay overnight in Yuanyang.

Bada Rice TerraceDuoyishu Rice TerraceMushroom Houses Located at Yuanyang Rice Terrace
Day 3 Yuanyang - Xingmen Village - Kunming Departure (B)

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In this morning, catch some precious time to take many great pictures as you like. The magnificent rice terrace, the smiling and friendly local people with ethnic clothes, the extraordinary harmony between Hani people and their environment, the cattle working in the rice fields, the primitive featured houses, the living market…will be surely left in your camera and have been keeping for a long time.

Say goodbye to this magic and mysterious land, and you’ll be driven back to Kunming city. On the way, take a short visit to Xingmeng Village, the only Mongolian village in Yunnan which inhabited by a Mongol minority left behind by Khengis Khans army over 760 years ago.

After arriving in Kunming, transfer to airport or train station to catch your flight/train (after 18:00) to next destination or back home.

Note: All the attractions and itinerary can be customized based on your like and time. Please feel free to contact us.

Local Hani Children in Yuanyang County

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