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3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terrace Hiking Tour for Hani Culture Exploration

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


Travel by foot when you really want to learn about a place! Over the past 1300 years, the Hani people have been working on the land generation after generation and created the most beautiful sculpture on earth. Countless footprints of the locals have been left among the rice paddies. Do you want to trace their trail and personally witness how amazing Yuanyang Rice Terrace is?

This 3-day Yuanyang hiking tour covers three sections of short, light hiking experience to get close to the rice terraces. Hike to Longshuba Rice Terrace to see red duckweed floating upon the terrace, walk into Azheke Village which is the most primitive Hani village in Yuanyang for a good understanding of the local people’s authentic life, reach Bada Rice Terrace to catch the panoramic view of the 3700-level terraces with sunlight shining upon magnificently. Hike and explore, and you’ll surely meet the most beautiful rice terrace in Yuanyang and encounter the most beautiful soul!

Highlights of this tour

  • Be marveled at the enthralling sunrise and sunset rice terraces view and appreciate rice terraces in different colors (red, blue, yellow, green...)
  • 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 villages.

Basic Trip Information

from $598
  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 / Yuanyang / Kunming
Travel Length:
3 Days & 2 Nights
Tour Code:
Group Size:
You, your family, friends or group
Any day you want

Full Itinerary Day by day

Day 1 Kunming - Yuanyang (L)

Today, you’ll be picked up at your hotel in Kunming downtown area. The following journey is about 320 kilometers’ driving from Kunming to Yuanyang which takes about 4.5 hours on the way. Yuanyang Rice Terrace, regarded as the most beautiful rice terrace in China, is the core area of the UNESCO World Heritage called the Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces.

Upon arrival in Yuanyang, you’ll have time to explore around Xinjie Town with a short hiking trip to Longshuba Rice Terrace (3.5km, about 45mins). Longshuba is different from other rice terraces for the oxygen in the water here varies from other fields, so it’s famous for the unique red duckweed upon the layer by layer rice paddies. Catch the best moment to enjoy the gentle and gorgeous rice terrace view during the sunset period.

After the tour, you’ll be escorted to your hotel in Yuanyang. Have a good rest tonight.

Longshuba Rice Terrace
Day 2 Yuanyang Rice Terrace & Village Hiking (B, L)

On this day, try to get up early and head to Duoyishu Rice Terrace to watch sunrise. Duoyishu is the best place to shoot sunrise and misty Hani village, surrounded by high mountains in three sides and stretching to the valley in one side. There are many mushroom-like houses dotted aside the rice paddies, just like the sailboat moving into the sea. The ray appears splendidly over the high mountains at first light and when the sun rises up, the whole rice terraces change its colors from quiet blue into golden, shining brilliantly.

Later, move from Duoyishu Rice Terrace to Aichun Village which is about 5km away to see the blue rice terrace. It is in blue not because the water here is blue but for the terrace is the huge mirrors of the blue sky. Standing at a high observation deck, you can feast your eyes with a beautiful painting scrolls with azure sky and white clouds above, blue rice terraces layer by layer on the ground, traditional Hani houses hidden among the trees at a short distance... (Travel tip: come to visit Aichun Village during 09:00-10:00 which is the best time to appreciate blue rice terrace.)

The following time is a leisure hiking trip (about 1.5-2 hours) to Azheke Village, the most primitive Hani Village and its 51 mushroom houses are listed into the protective mushroom houses in Yuanyang. Azheke Village is the best example of harmony living between humankind and nature, fully presenting Forest - Village - River - Clouds fused together. Walking into the village, you’ll numerous old mushroom houses, stone mills, sheep, buffaloes, back pigs, smoke rising continuously from the chimneys…Pay a visit to one of the local Hani families and have a good talk with them to know their daily life and ethnic customs.

In this afternoon, take a hiking tour from Luomadian to Bada Rice Terrace which provides the best opportunity to view the panoramic rice terraces at good locations. Have a nice shoot in the spectacular Bada Rice Terrace - the best place to shoot sunset. At dusk, when the sun shines on the 950-hectare rice paddies rising from 800 meters to 2000 meters, and the magnificent scene forms - like the ladders toward heaven led by bright light. 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…

Blue Rice Terrace in Aichun Village Colorful Yuanyang Rice Terraces Mushroom Houses Located at Yuanyang Rice Terrace
Day 3 Yuanyang - Xingmen Village - Kunming Departure (B, L)

After breakfast, catch the last moment to enjoy the beautiful morning in Yuanyang and take many great pictures as you like. Your guide and driver will escort you to attend the Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang, a bustling place for local people who dressed in traditional ethnic costumes trading daily supplies, including fresh vegetable, fruits, meats, and many other kinds of food and daily necessities. It is a great opportunity to get close to Hani people’s living conditions.

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.

Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang

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