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Home China City Tours Yunnan Tours Kunming Tours 5 Days Kunming Spring Tour with Dongchuan Red Land & Jiaozi Snow Mountain

Tour Overview

Embark on a captivating 5-day journey through Kunming, the heart of Yunnan, exploring its natural marvels and diverse ethnic culture. Discover the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, characterized by thousands of limestone pillars, and immerse yourself in the photographer’s haven of Dongchuan Red Land, boasting vibrant, undulating hills. Ascend Jiaozi Snow Mountain, central Yunnan’s highest peak, to witness its snow-capped majesty and alpine meadows. Marvel at the panoramic views from the Western Hills overlooking Dianchi Lake and Kunming city. Uncover the cultural tapestry of Yunnan at the Yunnan Nationalities Museum, highlighting the richness of its 25 ethnic groups. Delight in the local life, cuisine, and traditions of Kunming, renowned as the City of Eternal Spring and the City of Flowers.

Highlights of this tour:

1. Jiaozi Snow Mountain Adventure: Embark on a day of natural wonders, from snow-capped peaks to enchanting temples, at the awe-inspiring Jiaozi Snow Mountain.
2. Dongchuan Red Land Photography Expedition: Capture the vibrant beauty of Dongchuan Red Land with sunrise at Damakan, rainbow-like hills at Qicai Slope, and a bonfire party under the stars.
3. Stone Forest UNESCO World Heritage Visit: Explore the UNESCO-listed Stone Forest, a mesmerizing landscape of limestone pillars resembling a stone forest, and savor local delicacies at a nearby restaurant.
4. Kunming’s Cultural Highlights: Immerse yourself in Kunming’s cultural richness, from the panoramic views of the Western Hills to the ethnic diversity showcased at Yunnan Nationalities Museum and the tranquility of Yuantong Temple.

Day-by-day Itinerary

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  1. Welcome to Kunming, the charming spring city of China! Upon your arrival, our guide will be there to meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The day is yours to unwind and explore at your own pace.

    Recommended activities for your free time: Consider immersing yourself in the lively Flower and Bird Market, offering a variety of flowers, plants, birds, fish, and handicrafts. For a more urban experience, take a leisurely stroll along Nanping Street, bustling with shops, restaurants, and bars.

    Accommodation: Overnight stay in Kunming

    Yunnan Kunming Jingxing Bird and Flower Market
    Tropical Fish in Jingxing Bird and Flower Market

  2. Today unfolds with a day of adventure and natural beauty. After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive from Kunming to Jiaozi Snow Mountain, the highest peak in central Yunnan. A sightseeing bus will take you from Sifangjing to Xiapingzi, where a cable car awaits to transport you to the summit, Daheiqing. Here, revel in breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, alpine meadows, and vibrant azalea flowers. Explore the enchanting Shenxiantian, an area resembling a fairyland with unique rock formations and waterfalls. Proceed to Foguangya, a scenic spot featuring a large Buddha statue and a temple, where a picnic lunch will be served.

    Kunming Jiaozi Snow Mountain
    Jiaozi Snow Mountain

    Post the Jiaozi Snow Mountain adventure, journey to Dongchuan Red Land, renowned for its picturesque, colorful hills that transform with the seasons and sunlight. Spend the night in a local guesthouse, relishing the rustic atmosphere.

    Accommodation: Overnight stay in Dongchuan Red Land

  3. A full day is dedicated to exploring and capturing the allure of Dongchuan Red Land. Rise early to catch the sunrise at Damakan, a vantage point providing a panoramic view of the red landscape. Visit Jinxiu Garden, a mosaic of fields displaying various crops and colors. Marvel at Qicai Slope, a hillside resembling a rainbow with red, yellow, green, and white stripes. Explore Yuepuao, a reflective pond mirroring the surrounding scenery. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, savoring specialties like buckwheat noodles, potato cakes, and corn wine.

    Yunnan Dongchuan Damakan
    Sunrise of Damakan

    Continue the journey to Shuipingzi, a flat area adorned with geometric patterns and irrigation channels. Conclude the day with a visit to the thousand-year-old Ancient Tree, a testament to the region's rich history and culture. Witness the sunset over the red land at Luoxiagou (Sunset Valley).

    Return to the guesthouse after the visit.

    Accommodation: Overnight stay in Dongchuan Red Land

  4. Following breakfast, venture to the Stone Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a marvel of nature. Explore the Greater Stone Forest Scenic Area, featuring thousands of limestone pillars resembling a stone forest. Admire the unique shapes and sizes of the rocks, some resembling animals, plants, or humans. Visit the Lesser Stone Forest, a smaller yet equally impressive area with additional caves and pavilions.

    Yunnan Stone Forest Kunming
    Stone Forest

    Return to Kunming after the visit, with some free time to relax or indulge in city exploration.

    Accommodation: Overnight stay in Kunming

  5. On your final day, delve into more of Kunming's highlights before bidding farewell. After breakfast, visit the Western Hills, a mountain range offering panoramic views of Dianchi Lake. Explore the Dragon Gate, a complex of grottoes, temples, and sculptures carved into the cliff.

    Next, head to the Yunnan Nationalities Museum, an educational center showcasing the diversity of Yunnan's 26 ethnic groups. Gain insights into their history, customs, costumes, arts, and crafts, while also experiencing traditional dwellings and performances.

    Continue the journey with a visit to Yuantong Temple, Kunming's oldest and most significant Buddhist temple. Appreciate the temple's architecture, statues, ponds, and gardens, immersing yourself in its tranquility and spirituality.

    After that, you will go to the Kunming Green Lake Park, a beautiful park with four small islands, pavilions, bridges, and willows. You will relax and enjoy the scenery and the atmosphere of the park. You may also see some locals singing, dancing, or playing musical instruments.

    Our guide will then transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. Thank you for choosing Bing as your travel assistant. Wishing you a pleasant journey!

    Kunming Green Lake Park
    Lotus Flowers in Green Lake Park

Tour Price Per Person

The price varies depending on the activity, number of people, travel date, and selected hotel. Please contact us for a specific price.

Price Includes

  • Private land transportation in air-conditioned vehicle with licensed driver;
  • Excellent English-speaking tour guide service as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Main entrance tickets as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation, activities and meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • One bottle of water per person per day;
  • China Travel Insurance;
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes

  • Any optional golf car/battery car/shuttle bus/horse ride/boat cruise etc. inside the attractions;
  • Single Room Supplement;
  • China visa;
  • Gratuities are highly appreciated if you think we did a great job;
  • Flights or Trains to/off Kunming.
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