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Kunming and Dongchuan Red Land Photography Tour

5-Day Kunming, Dongchuan

Code:YN01
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
fr US$767based on 2 adults & 4-star hotels in low season
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Kunming and Dongchuan Red Land Photography Tour

This 5 days tour will take you to discover the most unique landscape of Yunnan. You could not only wonder at the spectacular natural karst wonders of the Stone Forest, but also have an in-depth photography trip to the dazzling Dongchuan Red Land, plus a relaxing excursion in the charming Green Lake Park.

Overview
Tour Highlights
  • Walk into the grotesque Stone Forest to marvel at the karst wonders.
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk or a leisure boat ride at the Green Lake Park.
  • Shoot amazing pictures at the multi-colored Dongchuan Red Land.
  • Embrace the splendid sunrise and sunset over the red land.

Kunming and Dongchuan Red Land Photography Tour

5-Day Kunming, Dongchuan

Code:YN01
Type:Private Tour
Departure:Flexible
from US$767
Tour Highlights
  • Walk into the grotesque Stone Forest to marvel at the karst wonders.
  • Enjoy a relaxing walk or a leisure boat ride at the Green Lake Park.
  • Shoot amazing pictures at the multi-colored Dongchuan Red Land.
  • Embrace the splendid sunrise and sunset over the red land.
Day by Day Itinerary
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Day 1
Arrival in Kunming
Airport pick-up and hotel transfer. Free exploration in the rest of the day.
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Welcome to Kunming! Upon landing at Kunming Airport, your private driver and guide will meet you at the arrival lobby, and then escort you to your hotel for a good rest. Alternatively, you could make some free exploration in the neighborhoods.

Day 2
Kunming
Marvel at the karst wonder of Stone Forest, and refresh your heart at the stunning Green Lake Park.
Breakfast

In the morning, you will be chauffeured to the Stone Forest, a must-see attraction of Kunming. After 1.5 hours' ride, you will reach the spot and a battery car will take you to admire the wonder land. Stone Forest is endowed with peculiar karst limestone formations that were formed about 270 million years ago. Sword-shaped stone peaks rise abruptly from the grounds, showcasing labyrinthine vistas and rugged charm of nature. You will discover the grotesque peaks in various shapes, such as pillars, mushrooms, pagodas and bamboo shoots. Stroll along the viewing decks to marvel at the natural stone masterpieces where you will always be able to shoot some amazing photos.

After that, you will be driven back to the Kunming downtown to visit the Green Lake Park, a popular urban park for relaxation. Stroll along the tree-lined causeways to inhale the fragrance of the flora, sit by the lakefront to feed the migrant black-headed gulls, or enjoy the lively scene of local life.

After that, return to your hotel for a nice rest.

Stone Forest
Day 3
Kunming to Dongchuan by Private Vehicle
Land transfer from Kunming to Dongchuan Red Land for charming sunset scenery.
Breakfast
Luxury: Shanju Hotel Superior: Shanju Hotel

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Dongchuan by your private vehicle to get lost in the splendid red land, which is about three hours' drive from Kunming. It is an unparalleled natural landscape featuring its red land formed by the oxidization of the iron and aluminum in the soil in warm and humid climate. Reputed as the God's Palette, Dongchuan Red Land has been a hot photography destination for shutterbugs. 

With your insider guide, you would head for Luoxiagou, a superb spot to catch the bewitching sunset glow over the red land. Possibly you may see wisps of cooking smoke rising slowly from the idyllic villages and local famers working in the terraced fields. At the end, you will get lodged in a boutique hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 4
Dongchuan to Kunming by Private Vehicle
Continue your photographing journey in Dongchuan Red Land, and then make a transfer back to your hotel in Kunming.
Breakfast
Luxury: Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming Superior: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

Get up in the early morning and take a ride to the Damakan Village to shoot fabulous sunrise scene if weather permits, where you will capture the brilliant view of the mountain terrains in dazzling layers of red, gold, green and brown gently bathed in the morning rays.

Close to Damakan, you could also move to Qicaipo, a seven-color slope. Standing by the viewing spot, you could seize the changing hues over the bright-colored field strips, with the azure sky as the backdrop. If weather permits, you would even be lucky to get bathed in a sea of cloud.

Afterwards, follow your guide to explore more photography spots of red land like Guoditang and Dalongshu to discover spectacular views. Finally, you would be escorted back to Kunming and check in a hotel for tonight's stay.

Note: If you travel in Dongchuan in a rainy day, do not get frustrated as the views are more shocking after the rainfall. It is a lifetime chance yearned by photography zealots.


Day 5
Departure from Kunming
Departure from Kunming, and hotel-airport transfer.
Breakfast

Your wonderful Kunming – Dongchuan photography tour draws to a close today. After checking out, you would be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. Wish you a nice journey home!

Accommodations
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Kunming
Luxury

Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming

157 Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
With newly maintained rooms and facilities, Kai Wah Plaza offers good service and breakfasts. Its central location allows easy access to shopping malls and local life.
Superior

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
Well-located with easy access to places, Jinjiang Hotel features with its warm service and comfortable hotel rooms. A leisurely stroll around the bustling city is a great idea for free time.
Dongchuan
Luxury

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.
Superior

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.
Kunming
Luxury

Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming

157 Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
With newly maintained rooms and facilities, Kai Wah Plaza offers good service and breakfasts. Its central location allows easy access to shopping malls and local life.
Superior

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
Well-located with easy access to places, Jinjiang Hotel features with its warm service and comfortable hotel rooms. A leisurely stroll around the bustling city is a great idea for free time.
Luxury
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Kunming

Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming

157 Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
With newly maintained rooms and facilities, Kai Wah Plaza offers good service and breakfasts. Its central location allows easy access to shopping malls and local life.

Dongchuan

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.

Kunming

Kai Wah Plaza International Hotel, Kunming

157 Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
With newly maintained rooms and facilities, Kai Wah Plaza offers good service and breakfasts. Its central location allows easy access to shopping malls and local life.
Superior
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Kunming

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
Well-located with easy access to places, Jinjiang Hotel features with its warm service and comfortable hotel rooms. A leisurely stroll around the bustling city is a great idea for free time.

Dongchuan

Shanju Hotel

Guoditang Red Land Scenic Area, Dongchuan, Kunming
It is the best local hotel with garden design, full of cultural and artistic flavor. Embracing stunning environment, the hotel room set is quite tasteful, and the breakfast is also nice.

Kunming

Kunming Jinjiang Hotel

No.98, Beijing Road, Guandu, Kunming, China
Well-located with easy access to places, Jinjiang Hotel features with its warm service and comfortable hotel rooms. A leisurely stroll around the bustling city is a great idea for free time.
Price (Per Person, Tax Included)
Type: Private Tour
Departure: Flexible 2019 / 2020
Tour Class Superior Luxury
Year Round US$767 US$805
  • Prices above are based on 2 persons sharing one room of Superior/Luxury Class Hotels. Please enquire to get a better rate if there are more than 2 travelers in your group.
  • Any parts of the itinerary could be customized based on your interests and budgets, e.g. tour length, activities, hotels, etc.
Inclusions
  • Entrance fees to sightseeings and attractions
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfasts
  • Private English-speaking tour guides
  • Private drivers and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Domestic flights, trains and cruises as specified in the itinerary
This tour could be tailored to your own unique trip based on your travel needs, interests, preferred hotels and budget. We recommend you give us as detailed travel information as possible so we can reply with a more thorough tour proposal that better suits your travel needs.
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  • Comfortable and air-conditioned private vehicles.
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