9 Days Yunnan Photography Trip to Kunming, plus Yuanyang and Dongchuan with your beloved camera

This suggested 9-day photography tour not only covers natural wonders in Kunming and its surroundings, but also some ancient towns where you can get to know about local life, culture and history. Opportunities to capture fabulous photographs of the minority people are included as well.

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the amazing Dongchuan Red Land and enjoy the sunrise/sunset if weather permits
  • Climb up the mountains to have a panoramic view over the Luoping Cole flower field
  • Wander among the vast terraced rice field

Customizable Tour Itinerary

Nihao! Welcome to China! Your China tour starts the minute you land in Kunming. Meet your friendly guide and be transferred to the hotel in downtown area. Your guide will introduce the city to you on your way to your hotel. Rest of the time is free at your leisure.

Meals: No meal, advice freely available

  • Hotels: Green Lake Hotel, Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre, Ytel Premium
Stone ForestStone Forest

After a sound sleep, meet your local guide and driver at the hotel lobby and go to Dongchuan by private transfer.

After lunch, grasp your camera and be ready to get some nice pictures of Dongchuan Red Land, praised as ‘God’s Palette’ and considered to be a paradise for photography lovers. It has a dazzling color due to the high content of iron and aluminum in the soil.

If weather permits, wait till the sunset, which makes the red land more charming.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Dongchuan Shanju Hotel
Dongchuan Red LandDongchuan Red Land

Get up early to shoot the sunrise over the red land. You can either continue your photography tour or head back to hotel for a rest. Enjoy a meal at a local restaurant before taking your private transport back to Kunming.

In Kunming, you will visit Green Lake Park, which is for daily leisure and playing with seagulls in winter for locals and travelers in Kunming. 

The last stop of today is the Bird and Flower Market, the token of real life of Kunming. Here you can see varieties of flowers, birds, fishes, antiques, featured jewelries, handicrafts, etc.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Green Lake Hotel, Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre, Ytel Premium

After breakfast, be ready to drive about 3 hours to Luoping, home to one of the largest plantations of Cole flowers in Southwest China. Each year in February and March, as spring arrives, Cole flowers in Luoping County enter full bloom. There are several places to have fantastic shoots of the flowers. Your guide will give suggestions based on your needs.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Xicheng Holiday Inn Luoping

Get up early to shoot the amazing sunrise if weather permits. After breakfast, drive about 4 hours to Jianshui, which enjoys a great reputation as a 'Museum of Ancient Buildings and Residential Houses'.

After lunch, enjoy a free afternoon on your own. You can either choose to explore the surrounding area or rest in the hotel.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Ting Zi Yun Resort Jianshui, Jianshui Hanlinyuan Boutique Hotel, Lin An Hotel

In the morning, wander in Jianshui Ancient Town to feel its historical atmosphere by appreciating the ancient architectures, antiques and historical sites. Continue to visit the residence and ancestral temple of the rich man, Zhu Weiqing and his brother in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), The Zhu Family Garden.

Next go to Double Dragon Bridge, the largest and most artistic multi-arch bridge in Yunnan.

After lunch, you will be transferred to Yuanyang, which takes about 3 hours.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Oness Resort Yuanyang Terrace , Hua Wowo Inn No.2

Today, try to get up early and go to Duoyishu for the sunrise. It is the best scenic spot for viewing and photographing cloud sea terraces, sunrise and villages.

Following tour is to Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village, where you can see the terraced rice fields merge with the ancient "mushroom house" and experience the folk culture.

If time permits, you could go to Bada Rice Terrace to shoot the sunset.

Note: You’d better check with the local guide in advance for the sunrise and sunset time.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
Yuanyang Rice TerraceYuanyang Rice Terrace

If you did not get good sunrise picture the day before, try again on this day. Roam among the rice terrace for more photo opportunities before driving back to Kunming.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch,
  • Hotels: Green Lake Hotel, Crowne Plaza Kunming City Centre, Ytel Premium

Today is the end of your Yunnan photography tour. Pack up your luggage along with the numerous photos of amazing Yunnan and be ready to go to the airport with your guide and driver.

  • Meals: Breakfast,

Price Includes

  • In-country transportationas noted in the itinerary.
  • Admission fees and activity expenses as noted in the itinerary.
  • Luxury or boutique hotels centrally located.
  • Meals in local restaurants as noted in the itinerary with complimentary drinking water.
  • Your own English-speaking guide service.
  • Your own chauffeur and vehicle service.

Price Excludes

  • International transportation.
  • Chinese tourist visa. (which enquired for most foreign passport holders)
  • Travel and medical insurance.
  • Meals, snacks, alcohol, etc. apart from those included in the itinerary.
  • Excess baggage charges.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Sights, excursions and activities not included in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities to guide and driver.


This tour is tailor-made and we can tailor to meet your reqeusts. Your personal travel consultant will contact you within 24 working hours!


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