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4 Days Kunming & Dongchuan Red Land Tour

Tour Overview

Visitors looking for great photography opportunities and experience of rural life need look no further than Dongchuan Red Land.

With this 4 day tour, you’ll explore the world’s most imposing red earth known as “God’s Magic Palette”. The collage of multicolored crops is scattered into rolling mountain slopes stretching away to the horizon line under a blue sky with white clouds.

You’ll also get the best highlight of Kunming, sightseeing and hiking at the picturesque Western Hills, being lured by weird karst limestone formations at Stone Forest.

Highlights of this tour:

*Being praised as “God’s Magic Palette”, Dongchuan Red Land shouldn’t be missed for photography fans who are looking for some gorgeous landscapes to shoot.
*The undulating red fields decorated with various crops of distinctly different colors make this area looks like a giant palette, bringing creative spark for your photography inspirations.
*Though a small village not well renowned, Damakan offers one of the best platforms to admire amazing sunrise and sunset, making it a must-see for most visitors in Dongchuan. The top of the slope will give you a panoramic view in which you can see kitchen smoke curling up from rural dwellings, and red land is wreathed in floating fog.
*Dragon Gate in Western Hills is blessed with many precious Taoist grottoes and stone carvings, making you can’t help but marvel at the superb workmanship. It also boasts the perfect position for overlooking open water and spectacular scenery of Dian Lake.
*Stone Forest in Kunming is the place you can see all the representative karst stone forest landforms, including limestone caves, causeways, waterfalls, limestone peaks, etc. The first scene in the famous TV series “Journey to the West” was shot here. 

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Kunming! Please arrive at Kunming airport before 12 am. Upon arrival, your local driver and guide will welcome you at the exit gate and transfer you to the hotel for check-in.

    After a short break, you will be escorted to visit Western Hills which is 15km west of Kunming City.  Don’t miss the Dragon Gate, one of the most spectacular parts of the mountain park, boasting many precious Taoist stone carvings.

    Dian Lake: Aka Kunming Lake, it is the sixth largest freshwater lake in China with open water and spectacular scenery. Each winter, flocks of black-headed gull will migrate here from Siberia, making it a great place for bird watching and feeding. Hiking or riding around the lake, or taking a boat are all popular ways to admire the lake from different perspectives. After the tour, drive back to your hotel for a good rest.

    Overnight in Kunming

  2. After breakfast, your driver and guide will escort you to Dongchuan Red Land. It will take 3hrs to get to Dongchuan where the soil is in dazzling red color because rich in iron and aluminum. Being planted with different crops, the fields from afar are ultimately spectacular, just like a collage of various crop colors, red earth, blue sky and white clouds. The scenic spots you will cover today include Shuipingzi Rice Terrace, thousand-year-old Ancient Tree, and Luoxiagou.

    Shuipingzi Rice Terrace (aka moon field): The only rice terraces in this area, it is a bit like Yuanyang Rice Terraces, but on a small scale. The fields are filled with water, acting like giant mirrors in spring, and blanketed with golden crops in autumn.

    Thousand-year-old Ancient Tree: The ancient fir tree has stood alone on the hill for over 1000 years. It is green all year round and locals regard it as a sacred tree that blesses villagers in this area.

    Luoxiagou (Sunset Valley): It boasts one of the most splendid scenery of Dongchuan Red Land, where a canvas of crops grow from vibrant red soil. The highlighted view in a riot of colors always changes by seasons, plants, weather, and sunshine. If weather is good, the red fields in sunset light will be its most breathtaking moment, allowing you many great photo chances.

    Overnight in Dongchuan

  3. Continue your trip at Dongchuan today. You can get up early to shoot amazing sunrise views at Damakan Village which is the best platform to admire sunrise at Dongchuan Red Land. With kitchen smoke curling up from rural dwellings, poplar trees sparkling in the morning sunlight, it is the place you will meet idyllic delights of village life.

    Move on to Qicai Slope and Jinxiu Garden for more photography opportunities. Jinxiu Garden is blessed with delicate scenery and the greatest concentration of red earth in this area. Qicai Slope means seven colors slope. As its name says, it will bring you scenery of rainbow colored land.

    Then head to Yuepuao (Music Hollow) where layers of paralleled red fields look like a giant colorful musical notation.

    After the sightseeing at Dongchuan Red Land, drive back to Kunming City.

    Overnight in Kunming

  4. After breakfast, visit the Stone Forest in Shilin Yi Autonomous County. Featuring the remarkable karst land-forms, the Stone Forest will greet you with various limestone shapes include columns, cones, pagodas, and mushrooms, etc. After the visit, you will be escorted to the airport for your departure flight.

    Good to know:

    You are recommended to book a flight after 5 pm to avoid a rush during the tour.

Price Includes

  • Stay 2 nights at the 4-star boutique hotel (with buffet breakfast) and 1 night at a homestay (with simple Chinese breakfast);
  • Land transportation by an air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English speaking tour guides service;
  • Entrance tickets as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Travel insurance;
  • One bottle of mineral water per person per day.

Price Excludes

  • Flights/train to or from Kunming;
  • Lunches and dinners (your tour guide will recommend some local restaurants);
  • Any self-paid activities inside the attractions;
  • Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers.

Booking Method

Step 1: You can directly book online or please feel free to share your tour plans or thoughts at [email protected] , our travel consultant will contact you within 12 hours. Step 2: A small amount deposit will be required to book a tour. After deposit received, a detailed service voucher will be sent to you to confirm the booking. Step 3: Balance due will be required 7-15 days ahead of your travel date. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact us! Email: [email protected] Cellphone number: +86 18792910029 WhatsApp / Wechat ID: 008618792910029 Facebook: @xianholidaystravelagency

Our Hotels

In each destination, you’ll enjoy a comfortable stay in a great location!

The hotels we choose are based on star rating, great locations, well-equipped facilities, cozy bed, high quality service and guests’ feedbacks. Choices are a lot ranging from luxury 5 star, comfortable 4 star to budget 3 star. You could decide where to stay to best suit for your budget and likes. Generally, the hotels have both Western and Chinese breakfast with a wide choices.

If you have already got an ideal hotel, please feel free to tell our travel consultants and they’ll book the hotel for you.

Our Tour Guide

The core of our service is excellent travel guides. Over 20 years, we have built up a considerable professional guide team that is knowledgeable, attentive and flexible. The most experienced and reliable guides will be arranged for your unique China tour. Our passionate guide team is full of contagious enthusiasm and keen interest to share culture and history in a pleasant manner. We are always glad at your service to lead you to explore a real China and experience authentic local life in China.


Our Driver and Vehicle

The first mission of our service is to ensure you feel safe and comfortable during your travel. The vehicles we use are air-conditioned, clean and well-maintained. Our drivers are all licensed drivers with many years of driving experience. Moreover, we offer free baby seats for families with little kids.

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Food is a very important part of Chinese culture. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to taste the real local Chinese food!

Buffet breakfast will be included in the hotel if you would like accommodation to be arranged by us. Having lunch at local restaurants close and convenient to the attractions you will visit, you would enjoy the local dishes in each city. Chinese style, Vegetarian or Muslim meals are all available. If you have any other diet requirements or allergies, please feel free to let us know, we will try our best to organize it.

For daily dinner, you are suggested to have it on your own when you are exploring each city in your own time, this way would be more flexible for you to choose food as per your interest and preference.

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