7 Days Kunming Jianshui Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces and Ethnic Villages Photograph Tour
Day 01 Arrival Kunming (D) Flight Information:Please inform us in advance. Sightseeing:the Green Lake, Kunming City Tour Special Experience:Enjoy welcoming dinner of Yunnan Flavouring food with crossing Bridge Rice Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken/Qiguoji. You'll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel. You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. If time permits, you will have a Kunming city tour. Enjoy welcoming dinner of Yunnan Flavouring food with crossing Bridge Rice Noodle and Steam Pot Chicken/Qiguoji. -- Kunming is the capital of southwest China's Yunnan province, a primarily agricultural province of 45 million. Kunming has a population of five million and is located in one of the world's most geographically, ethnically, biologically and linguistically diverse regions. Situated at 1,900 meters (6,233ft) above sea level and 25° north of the Equator it has a rather unique and pleasant climate for a Chinese city.
Day 02 Kunming-Stone Forest-Mile (B+L+D) Sightseeing: the Stone Forest , Yi Ethnic villages, Mile Giant Buddha,Yunnan Red Wine Village, Thousands of Acres Grapes Garden, Huquan Hot Spring Resort You will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. An old local saying says that 'If you have visited Kunming without seeing the Stone Forest, you have wasted your time.' Truly, the Stone Forest is one of the most important attractions of Yunnan. Drive to Mele to climb the steps to the giant golden statue of the Mile Giant Buddha in the temple on a mountain top. There are beatiful temples, parks, and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. In this region, you can see a lot of grapes grown, and it is here that the famous wine "Yunnan Dry Red Wine" is produced. Enjoy the hot spring in Huquan Hot Spring Resort in the late afternoon. -- The Stone Forest is in Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County, which is about 120 kilometers from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. The Stone Forest has unique karst topography which is one of the best of its kind within China. There are six scenic spots in the Stone Forest: the Greater Stone Forest, the Lesser Stone Forest, the Naigu Stone Forest, the Zhiyun Cave, the Long Lake, the Da Dieshui Waterfall and the Qifeng Cave. Day 03 Mile-Yuanyang-Panzhihua (B+L+D) Sightseeing: Malipo Miao ethnic village, Yi and Hani ethnic villages, the sunset of Laohuzui Rice Terraces, Mengnong Chieftain Palace Drive about 4 hours to Yuanyang via Kaiyun and Gejiu, with visits to villages on the way. You will drive through the area of Yi people in the mountain and Dai people in the Red River valley where they grow banana and tropical fruits. Visit Malipo Miao Ethnic Village one the way. After lunch, continue the driving to Panzhihua Town, enjoy the sunset of Laohuzui Rice Terraces there and visit some Yi and Hani ethnic vilages around Panzhihua Town. Visit Mengnong Chieftain Palace and stay in Mengnong Chieftain Hostel. --The Laohuzui Rice Terraces are situated about 20 kilometers from the Yuanyang city. The best moment to enjoy the marvelous rice terraces view is during the sunset period.Literally translated from Chinese, Laohuzui means 'the mouth of the tiger'. It seems it is possible to distinguish the form as a tiger mouth in the rice fields; while some others think it's kind of the shape of a horse. Every sunset in Laohuzui, numerous of photographers from entire China come to disputes themselves for a one-foot space just because of the perfect position to set up their tripods. Start from every May, the Laohuzui rice fields turn into green from yellow right after the farmers did the rice seedlings at the end of spring.
Day 04 Panzhihua-Yuanyang (B+L+D) Sightseeing: the sunrise view of Duoyishu Rice Terraces, Shengcun Market, Bada Rice Terraces, Qingkou ethnic village, Qingkou Rice Terraces, the sunset of Longshuba Rice Terraces Today you have a full day to visit the terraces belonging to the Hani and Yi people. These rice terraces - carved out of the mountainsides by generations of Hani people - are said to be among the most magnificent in the world. you get up very early to see the sunrise over the terraces at Duoyi village and then visit the local Hani and Yi people. During the day you will visit different areas of the huge valley to see the amazing engineering and beautiful formations of the terraces. There are lots of rice terraces in Yuanyang, you will choose the most beautiful parts of them to visit. Duoyishu Rice terrace in Yuanyang is one of the most photographed in Yunnan. The low lying cloud and the water field rice terrace is unique during winter and early spring. As the sun rises the terraces come alive with the sky's reflection. In the winter months the fields are flooded in order to plow and plant for the new season. The rising sun creates an amazing reflection off the water in the terraces. In the late afternoon you drive back to Xinjie Town, enjoy the sunset view of Longshuba Hani Rice Terraces and villages. --Yuanyang Rice Terrace is a self sustaining ecosystem. During winter to early spring, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to rejuvenate and getting prepared for the next season. The Hani people have repeated this for more than a thousand years. There is only one harvest in a year for the Yuanyang Rice Terrace; planting is from March to Oct./Nov. every year. Yuanyang Rive Terrace is a perfect example of SYMBIOSIS with nature. The water evaporate from the rice terrace to form cloud, the rain is collected and trapped by the forest on the mountains, the spring water flow down to the rice terrace and the whole cycle repeats itself perpetually. Although not many general tourists have visited the Yuanyang Rice Terraces, hordes of photographers have. The landscape changes vividly through the year. The flooded paddies from Dec. to April creates reflecting pool effect, which is a photographer's dream. In summer, the paddies are luxuriantly green with growing rice stalks. After the fall harvest, the paddies become naked bare earth.
Day 05 Yuanyang-Jianshui (B+L+D) Sightseeing: Jianshui Swallow Cave, Jianshui Ancient Town, Zhu Family Garden, Confucius Temple After breakfast in the hotel, drive about 3 hours to Jianshui County. On the way back, visit Jianshui Swallow Cave which is the largest karst formation cave in Asia. There are usually thousands of swallows flying around in this aptly named cave.You will follow a guide in the cave to see the striking caverns and also to see the bare hand rock climbing performance in the cave. Walk into the cave and visit the colorful Karst landform and take the small boat cruise out of the cave. Arrive in Jianshui Ancient Town in the afternoon, pay a visit to Jianshui Ancient Town, Zhu Family Garden and Confucius Temple. Visit the famous Confucius Temple with its interesting history. Confucious was born in Shandong province 2,500 years ago and taught more than 3,000 students in his lifetime, among them 72 were outstanding. He is the greatest teacher in China's history and has worldwide influence and his work has worldwide influence. ----Jianshui, 220 kilometers south of Kunming, is a state historic and cultural city. The climatic condition here is pleasant, neither hot in summer nor cold in winter. Moreover, it is one of the earliest developed cities in south Yunnan that enjoys the fame of being an ancient cultural city and important gateway. Since the Yuan Dynasty, it was the political, cultural and communication center in south Yunnan. Jianshui got the name because the basin was flooded every summer and autumn.
Day 06 Jianshui-Kunming (B+L+D) Sightseeing: Zhang Family Garden in Tuanshan Village, Double Dragon Bridge, Xingmeng Mongolian Village, Drive to Tuanshan Village about 15KM away from Jianshui Ancient Town, visit the Zhang Family Garden, the ancient hourses and the Double Dragon Bridge. Visit Tunshan village with hundred year old houses built by the family of Zhang. In the village, you will see the different standards of houses built by rich and poor families, and also the family temple which plays an important role for education, family history, and Chinese culture, which says that people should always remember their ancestors and maintain community traditions. After lunch, drive back to Kunming, visit Xingmeng Mongolia Village in Tonghai County of Yuxi City. You will be relax around the Green Lake Park in the late afternoon. --Xingmeng Mongolia Nationality township is situated under the foot of Fenghuang Mountain and is the only dwelling area of Mongolia nationality in Yunnan. It has a history of more than a thousand years with unique ethnic culture. There are about 20 scenic spots here, including Sansheng Temple where three saints of Mongolia nationality are worshiped, Sanjiao Temple, Xiaohaitan Pond and Minority Ethnic Culture Garden, which draw numerous visitors from home and abroad. The fames of “Mongolia in South Plateau”, “Home of Songs and Dances”, “Home of Architecture” and “Home of Muskmelon” make the town an attractive destination. Through the promotion of “Mongolia in South Plateau” and improvement of the construction of scenic spots and comprehensive facilities, Xingmeng now has become a tourism zone for sightseeing, recreation, holiday and experience of minority ethnic culture.
Day 07 Departure from Kunming (B) Transfer to Kunming International Airport for returning. Service ends.