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Yunnan's City of Springs and Amazing Yuanyang Terraces

Travel days:  5 days
 /  4 nights

  • All domestic flight tickets mentioned in the program in economy class including tax and fuel surcharge.
  • First entrance fee for all sights mentioned in the program.
  • All transfers mentioned in the program.
  • Accommodation in mentioned hotels in double/single rooms with bathtub or shower and WC including breakfast.
  • English-speaking local guide for all mentioned sightseeing (other languages upon availability).
  • All meals mentioned in the program (B: breakfast, L: lunch, D: dinner).
  • 24 hour TUI China telephone hotline (German or English): +86 13910187388
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • All expenses not mentioned above
  • Kunming
    Golden Dragon Hotel 3-4*
  • Jianshui
    Jianshui Hotel Local 3*
  • Yuanyang
    Yunti Hotel Local 3*
  • Hotels in each place are available to change.
  • The above mentioned rates are subject to availability. Kindly note that no reservation has been made at this moment.

Travel content

Experience Kunming, a city where it's always spring, with intriguing sights along the way to the marvelous off-the-beaten-track area of Yuanyang. The Hani people there have sculpted the rolling mountainsides into a vast work of paddy-field art and, combined with colorful traditions, Yuanyang is a photographers' delight. In this newly-designated Heritage Site the terraced fields are integrated into the unique landforms of forests, valleys and streams. Though cultivated for 1300 years and an area of overwhelming scenic beauty, mass tourism has not developed yet because of its remoteness. The traditional town of Old Yuanyang is a Hani minority settlement atop a ridge at 1570 meters. The vast majority of the ethnic minority women in the county (Hani, Yi, Dai, Zhuang, Miao and Yao) still wear traditional clothes as their daily attire and especially on vibrant market days. Spring and autumn are the best seasons to visit the Yuanyang rice terraces.

Travel Itinerary

  • Day 1:
    Beijing / Shanghai – Kunming

    Flight from Beijing / Shanghai to Kunming in the morning. Our tour guide will wait for you at the airport.

    In the afternoon, visit the Western Hills, also known as he "Sleeping Beauty Hills", located close to the Dianchi Lake. There you will visit the Daoist Dragon Gate with its grottoes, stone carvings and pavilions. The marvelous Dragon Gate Grotto Complex was accomplished through 72 years of hard work and consists of a stone archway, a platform, a stone room and a number of sculptures, all carved out of the same rock.

    Overnight in Kunming

  • Day 2:
    Kunming – Jianshui (B, L)

    Drive about 3 hours to Jianshui after breakfast. Jianshui is an ancient town which retains a remarkable architectural legacy.

    Upon arrival, visit Jianshui Old City and the Zhu Family Garden which is a courtyard family home that has been partly converted into a hotel.

    Overnight in Jianshui

  • Day 3:
    Jianshui – Yuanyang (B, L)

    After breakfast, visit the Zhang Family Garden and head to Chaoyang Men Gate to enjoy local folk singing.

    Finally, we will drive about 3 hours to Yuanyang.

    Overnight in Yuanyang

  • Day 4:
    Yuanyang (B, L)

    The best views of the terraced fields are at sunrise. If it is not too foggy, we will hike along the steep, slippery rice terrace paths and explore on foot for the best views.

    We will visit a local village and see the ethnic traditions, but spend most of the time on the Bada Rice Terrace. Take in the spectacular sunrise and sunset along with the beautiful hues of spring and autumn over the irrigated rice terraces, with thick mists in the morning or fluffy clouds at dusk on a sunny day, these terraces always are revealing fresh scenes of breathtaking beauty.

    Overnight in Yuanyang   

  • Day 5:
    Yuanyang – Kunming –Beijing/Shanghai (B)

    Later in the morning, drive to Kunming airport (about 6 hours) for your flight back to Beijing/Shanghai.