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3 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces & Hani Culture Discovery Tour

Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces

Many travelers said the rice terrace is so much like the Great Wall in China for they are wonders of human being. Chinese people use their own wisdom and their skillful hands to get the most out of nature and create the “Art of Earth”. Yuanyang Rice Terrace is the core area of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terrace covering 16,603-hectares in southern Yunnan. Over the past 1300 years, Hani people have been working among the rice paddies generation after generation, creating the most incredible masterpiece by their own hands.

Yuanyang Rice Terrace is in the south of Yunnan, about 320 kilometers from Kunming. Most travelers would start from Kunming and then make the transfer to Yuanyang with about 5.5-6 hours’ driving. This 3-day Yuanyang tour is the classic discovery of Yuanyang Rice Terrace with all highlights included. You won’t miss the chance to catch sunrise at Duoyishu, sunset at Bada, misty Hani village with numerous mushroom houses at Azheke, blue rice terraces in Aichun...You will definitely meet the most beautiful rice terrace in Yuanyang.

  • Type : Private Tour
  • Tour Code : CD-YYT-03
  • Price : from $595
    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 : 3D/2N
  • Theme : Nature / Landscape / Photography

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TOUR

  • Get to the most beautiful rice terrace in China - Yuanyang Rice Terrace in southern Yunnan with a long scenic driving from Kunming to Yuanyang;
  • Catch the gorgeous sun rising over the quiet Duoyishu Rice Terrace and shoot the sunset falling down the Bada Rice Terrace with 3,000 steps;
  • Have a understanding of an integrated four-fold system of forests, water supply, terraces and houses, and the harmony between nature and humankind;
  • Take trips to the local Hani villages dotted with the typical mushroom houses and pay a visit to their home for a better known about their daily life.
Itinerary Day by Day (Can Be Customized)
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Day 1 Kunming - Yuanyang

Drive from Kunming to Yuanyang - Longshuba Rice Terrace

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 6 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 Longshuba Rice Terrace
  • Mushroom Houses Mushroom Houses

Day 2 Yuanyang (B, L)

Duoyishu Rice Terrace - Aichun Village - Azheke Village - Bada Rice Terrace

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 cultural trip 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, have a nice shoot in the spectacular Bada Rice Terrace - the best place to shoot sunset and catch the terrace panorama. At dusk, when the sun shines on the 950-hectare rice paddies rising from 800 meters to 2000 meters, then 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…

After the tour, be transferred to your hotel in Yuanyang.

  • Bada Rice Terrace Bada Rice Terrace
  • Duoyishu Rice Terrace Duoyishu Rice Terrace
  • Blue Rice Terrace in Aichun Village Blue Rice Terrace in Aichun Village
  • Azheke Village, the most primitive Hani Village Azheke Village, the most primitive Hani Village

Day 3 Yuanyang - Kunming & Kunming Departure (B, L)

Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang - Drive back to Kunming for Departure

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.

On the way back to Kunming, you’ll have the chance to stop for relaxing exploration about some other primitive ethnic villages near Yuanyang County.

With 5-6 hours’ driving, you’ll get to Kunming. After arriving in Kunming, transfer to the airport or train station to catch your flight/train (after 18:00) to next destination or back home.

Note: If your time is flexible, you can add one more day to pay a visit to Jianshui Ancient Town which is on the way between Yuanyang and Kunming. All the attractions and itinerary can be customized based on your like and time. Please feel free to contact us.

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  • Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang

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+4 more days to Lijiang Ancient City and Shangri-La

In this trip, you will explore two of the most charming places in Yunnan: Lijiang - the Kingdom of Naxi People and Shangri-La - Garden of Eden! Here, you are in a world of minority people, temples, old towns, ancient streets, lakes, rivers, mountains…splendid culture and breathtaking scenery are waiting for you to explore.

In this 4 days Lijinag & Shangri-La highlights tour, you’ll graspe every second to enjoy yourself on the incredible land – have panoramic view of Lijiang Ancient City, explore the authentic Naxi Village to feel the special Dongba Culture, visit Ganden Sumtseling Monastery, and take a light hike to Tiger Leaping Gorge that is the world's deepest gorge. You will just find the tour fabulous every moment!

Lijiang Old Town Full View from Wangu Tower

The quotation for this trip is from $595 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 6.95. 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.

Check What our Customers Say...

Hi Riley,

Thanks for the follow up. Again, we are so happy with the trip and the services. Tour guide very good, car and driver very good and the places we visited are really nice. Also lunch was good.

Alejandro - 2020.09.21‚ Mexico, September 21, 2020

Good evening Wonder,

Sorry, I just saw your message. Our trip in Datong was very great. Everything was very good organized. I will send you a detail feedback on Monday. 

Thank you very much.

Cathy

Cathy - 2020.09.19‚ France, September 19, 2020

Hello Wonder!

This email is a bit late, but it is the review email!  I just posted a review to tripadvisor.  I think it takes a day or two load (I think it gets reviewed), but this is what it says: 

"This is the second trip that my husband and I have taken with China Discovery, and we thoroughly enjoyed it! Our first experience with China Discovery was a trip to Yunan Provice. This time, we went to Zhangjiajie in Hunan Provice.  Each time, our thoughtful travel consultant, Wonder, kept us informed about the process.  When we had questions, he answered them. If it required him to reach out to a tourist site to confirm information, he did. He kept us informed of various travel requirements, weather conditions, etc. I feel very comfortable and confident planning my trips through Wonder, and my husband and I are planning additional trips with him as our travel consultant in the future.

Each time we have gone on a trip, we have loved the itinerary, the food, and the experience. In addition, our guides' English has always been superb, and we enjoyed chatting with them to gain more cultural understanding of our environment.


In Yunan, Tom was our guide.  We went to the Yuanyang Rice terraces and surrounding areas of Kunming. He was great!  Great conversationalist, great enthusiast for history and culture, and great guide. he even always made sure we had extra bottles of water.  We would highly recommend Tom.

As for Zhangjiajie specifically, it was great fun!  Our local guide, David, was fantastic.  At one point, when he realized we really did not like the crowds, he made a point to find quieter and more solitary locations that would still show us the splendor of Zhangjiajie.  Food choices were great.  He kept us to a schedule, but in a comfortable and appropriate way.  We really, thoroughly, enjoyed ourselves.  We would highly recommend David.

As you can tell, we had two totally different trips and both were highly successful.  Our experience with China Discovery has thus far been a completely wonderful experience and we hope to have more in the future." 

As for the China Discovery website, you are free to use the above review, or for variety, you can use the following.

"We recently went to Zhangjiajie and it was an amazing experience!  Wonder was our travel agent again -- I was so happy with my first trip with Wonder that I reached out to him again for this second trip!  Wonder took the time to answer questions, inform us about travel requirements, and ensure we had a wonderful time.  He patiently answered questions and gave us different quotes as the number of people and days of the trip changed.  The fact our second trip planned by Wonder was so great, that it gave me confidence and comfort to plan a third trip with Wonder, which will happen later this year.

In addition, our guide in Zhangjiajie, David, was fantastic. He made a point to ensure that in each event, we had every opportunity to enjoy ourselves.  At one point, he realized we did not like the crowds associated with the most popular lookout points in Zhangjiajie, so he made a point to take us to more quiet, solitary locations that still provided us with the splendor of the park. He took care of every entrance and made sure everything was as seamless as possible. It was amazing. His english was fantastic and he took the time to ask questions and listen to answers. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and were very happy to have had David as our guide!" 

Also, I have some pictures for you!  They should be attached. You are free to use these on your website.  (They might have gone to the bottom of the email chain)

Thanks, Wonder!  We are looking forward to our upcoming Yunan trip also.  

 

take care

Keena - 2020.09.19‚ USA, September 19, 2020

Hi Jack,

My trip with China discovery was outstanding! It was the first time I have ever used a travel agency and I would definitely use them again. Very easy to organise the trip with lots of flexibility.  Everything that they promised to do was done. The tour guides were excellent - very knowledgeable and again willing to adapt based on personal interests. I went to Guilin and Zhangjiajie - both destinations were stunning - lots of variety packed into the both parts of the trip. I had an amazing trip and would recommend to anyone who likes the outdoors!

EM - 2020.09.16‚ UK, September 16, 2020

Dear Wonder,

How are you? Hope you are well. You organised a very nice trip for me to Chengdu and Jiuzhaigou way back in 2014. 

You requested a review from me but I loaded to the wrong website. I came across the review today unexpectedly in my computer system and I would like to send it to you, to be used by your website. This is because I was very pleased by the trip that you organised for me. I was a lone female traveler but I still remember the lovely tour guides you found for me, especially the one at Chengdu.

I truly had a wonderful holiday and great memories.

I am now back in the UK. I certainly will use your tour service again if I ever travel to China the next time.

Take care in the pandemic.

 

Best wishes

Siang

( Dr Yih Siang CHEN)

 

6 Days/ 5 nights Chengdu/ Jiuzhai Valley Tour

I went on a 6 days / 5 nights private tour to Chengdu / Jiuzhaigou in October 2014.I spent 2 days in Chengdu and the rest in Jiuzhaigou valley.

Since it was my first trip to China and I was a single female traveller, understandably, I was initially apprehensive before the tour. However, all my initial reservations disappeared once my tour began. I have decided to go on a private tour because I could not find a group tour which can come up with the itinery that I wanted.

From the onset, it was a pleasure to deal with Wonder. He made me a detailed itinery, specific to my wishes , down to the hotels that I preferred. I must say that he has honoured and stuck to our contract throughout my tour. He also phoned my tour guides on a daily basis just to make sure the itinery went on as planned and to make sure that I was ok.He was contactable at all times and any problems were sorted out very quickly and efficiently. He was also very accommodating and was willing to make changes in my itinery at very short notice whenever possible.I have found him to be reliable and trustworthy.

The tour guides were all very professional and knowledgeable. I was very happy with them.They spoke fluent English and were very knowledgeable about the places that we visited. They took care of everything, from meeting me at the airport, check- in into hotels, arranging for meals, transport, tickets for shows and checking in for my return flights. I was impressed that they would go out of their way to make my tour comfortable, hassle free and really tried to give me a memorable hoilday. They were prepared to work till late evenings. As a matter of fact, they would wait for me while I watched some shows in the evenings and one of them was even so kind to buy me an adaptor which I had lost in a hotel.

In Chengdu, I visited the Panda Research Centre, Jinli Street,Sichuan Museum and a silk factory at my request. i was not obliged to visit any factories throughout my tour.

Then, I flew on to Jiuzhai Valley and had another 3 days of private tours; 1 day in Huanglong Park and 2 full days in Jiuzhai National Park.I was glad that I flew return to the valley because the roads up there are really winding and being prone to travel sickness , it would have been a disaster for me to be sick.

I was met by another tour guide there. I am really glad that I took a private tour because I had my personal tour guide who walked with me at my pace throughout the Jiuzhai National park. She knew all the scenic spots and pathways by heart and made sure that I did not miss any important spots.Because she knew all the places so well, we could cover most of the scenic spots on foot in detail.She would walk with me and explain every lake, waterfall and other spots. She explained in detail all about the history, myths, customs and religion of the tribes there. It was an eye opener for me.I am sure I would not be getting all these explanation if I had gone in a group tour.Most group tours tend to be rushed but I was not rushed at all. I had ample time to take all the photos that I wanted , time to have meals and some shopping for souveniers and even short rests at beautiful spots where I could linger and just soak up the magnificent natural beauty.

Jiuzhai Valley is an extraordinary , beautiful park. It is my personal opinion that 2 full days are required to do the park justice. It is difficult to rush through the scenic spots in a day especially when there are massive crowds and queues everywhere.It was worth it to pay the hefty entrance fee for 2 days. Because I had 2 full days, I could do a hike with my guide who accompanied me throughout the trails to the 3 major valleys. I came away feeling satisfied and had lots of marvellous photos to show.

I was especially pleased that on one occasion, my tour guide took me through a small path , away from the tourist crowds. We walked at our pace and saw some smaller lovely waterfalls and lakes. I did not have to jostle with the typical crowds and could take my time to take some truly picturesque photos and videos. I am convinced that if I had joined a group tour , I would not have been able to see and explore the national park as much as I did.

My advice to travellers is to go on some fitness training before the tour. You have to be prepared to do a lot of walking for this is the best way to see the best views. Taking the bus to just the best scenic spots would be cheating and would not do the park justice.The only downside of the trip was the crowds. Be prepared for massive crowds, they can get unruly at times, especially when it rains, so do bring a raincoat or umbrella.Also be prepared for the less than ideal toilet facilities. Bring lots of tissues as handwash and tissues are not provided.

Due to my excellent and friendly tour guides and Wonder's meticulous planning, I had a fabulous holiday and a great time in China. I would highly recommend Wonder Wang and his tour agency to all my friends and family. If I return to China, I would certainly go through Wonder and his agency again. So, a big thank you to Wonder and all my lovely tour guides for making my holiday a truly memorable one!

Dr YS CHEN-PELFRENE
London, UK

CHEN - 2020.09.14‚ Malaysia, September 14, 2020
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  • Longshuba Rice Terrace Longshuba Rice Terrace
  • Mushroom Houses Mushroom Houses
  • Bada Rice Terrace Bada Rice Terrace
  • Duoyishu Rice Terrace Duoyishu Rice Terrace
  • Blue Rice Terrace in Aichun Village Blue Rice Terrace in Aichun Village
  • Azheke Village, the most primitive Hani Village Azheke Village, the most primitive Hani Village
  • The Only Mongolian Village in Yunnan - Xingmeng Village The Only Mongolian Village in Yunnan - Xingmeng Village
  • Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang Ethnic Market & Bazaar in Yuanyang

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