6 Days Kunming-Jianshui-Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces Photography Tour

This 6 Days Kunming, Jianshui and Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces Photography Tour will bring you to explore the top highlights of Kunming, Jianshui and Yuanyang. You will first explore the Kunming City and the world wonder – the Stone Forest. Then, head to visit Jianshui Ancient Town and Tuanshan Village. Finally, transfer to visit Yuanyang Rices Terraces which is contributed by the hands of Hani people from generation to generation. They turned this desolate land onto a pastoral painting, it recognized as the most beautiful natural curve in the world. This is one of the top tours in Yunnan. Go and get yourself a memorable tour now!


  • Walk and explore the natural stone masterpieces in the Stone Forest;
  • Explore Jianshui Ancient Town and Tuanshan Village;
  • Trekking along Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces and have a bird view the overwhelming landscape.
  • Step into ethnic villages to experience Hani Culture and their authentic life.
  • Lose yourself into the enthralling sunrise view of Duoyishu Rice Terraces and sunset view of Laohuzui.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrive in Kunming
  • Day 2: Kunming-Stone Forest-Jianshui
  • Day 3: Jianshui-Yuanyang
  • Day4: Yuanyang
  • Day5: Yuanyang-Kunming
  • Day6: Departure from Kunming

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:Kunming Arrival
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: None

Green Lake Park Kunming23

We’ll begin our journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meeting the local guide and transfer to the hotel.
We will take a leisure time stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. If time permits, we will have a Kunming city tour.

— Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan province, in southwest China, 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 2 Kunming – Stone Forest – Jianshui

Sightseeing and Activities:the Stone Forest, Jianshui Ancient Town, Chaoyang Gateway, Family Zhu Garden
Accommodation: Jianshui
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

The Stone Forest in Kunming

We will drive 86 km to the Stone Forest. There is a local saying: ‘It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming’, which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in wonder. Then, we’ll drive around 4 hours to Jiangshui.

After arriving Jianshui, we will visit the Jianshui Ancient Town and the Chaoyang Gateway, which was built in Ming Dynasty (1389). It is also known as ‘Miniature Tian’an men’ because the out shape of it is similar to Tian’anmen Square in Beijing. Visiting a typical southern private garden-the Garden of Family Zhu.

Day 3 Jianshui-Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:Jianshui Confucius Temple, Tuanshan Village and Zhang Family Garden, Double Dragon Bridge, the sunset of Laohuzui Terrace Field
Accommodation: Yuanyang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces in Honghe, Yunnan

In the morning, visiting the Confucius Temple, which has a history of 700 years. It is the second largest Confucius Temple in China. Then we visit Tuanshan Village and the Garden of Family Zhang; Tuanshan Village is a rare surviving example of an intact-albeit neglected-traditional walled Yunnan village compound in southwestern China, and has been added to the 2005 list of internationally significant sites by the World Memorial Fund for Architecture (WMF), an international fund for the protection of world heritage sites.

In the afternoon, we will transfer to Yuanyang and enjoy the sight of terraced fields of Laohuzui (Tiger Mouth) at sunset.

–Yuanyang is about 300km south of Kunming, renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world’s largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The rice farmers have had to practice ecology and land preservation centuries before those concepts were widely accepted around the world. Without hard work maintaining the terrace walls and irrigation system, the precious top soil would wash down the hillsides into the rivers.
Yuanyang Rice Terraces 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.

Day 4 Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Field, Doyishu Village,Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village , Bada Rice Terrace, Shengcun Market, the sunset of Longshuba Rice Terraces
Accommodation: Yuanyang
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Getting up early in the morning, we’ll drive 30KM to visit Doyishu Village and enjoy the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. The terraced fields are ring upon ring and cascade one by one. They go along the hillside up to the sky. We can see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular. After that, we will visit Qingkou Village and rice terraces where Hani people for generations inhabit. Visit Bada Hani Rice Terrace, Shengcun Market as well. We will enjoy the sunset of Longshuba Rice Terraces in the late afternoon about 5KM away from Xinjie Town.

Day 5 Yuanyang-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Xiushan Mountain Park, the Six Gezi Wooden Caving Doors in Sansheng Palace and Xingmeng Mongolian Village
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

After Enjoying the morning we’ll drive back to Kunming. On the way, we’ll visit Xiushan Mountain Park, the Six Gezi Wooden Caving Doors in Sansheng Palace and Xingmeng Mongolian Village.

Arrive in Kunming in the late afternoon.

Day 6 Departure from Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities: Depart from Kunming
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Transfer to Kunming International Airport for leaving. Service ends.

Recommended Hotels and Price List

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Group Size Tour Prices
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4-5 Travelers $ $ $ $ $ $
6-9 Travelers $ $ $ $ $ $
Above 10 $ $ $ $ $ $
  • Prices are per person in US Dollars based on double occupancy.
  • Any parts of the itinerary e.g. tour length, activities & hotels can be tailored to your individual interests.
Earlier Booking, Bigger Savings
10% off – book 60 days before, 5% off – book 30 days before

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Luggage transfer between airport and hotel.

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by airlines;
  • Single room supplement;
  • Tips to guides and drivers;
  • Personal expenses and gratuities to service staff.
  • Personal travel accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.

Travel Tips:

  • Visitors are advised to always carry changes of clothing due to the large variations in temperature between day and night.
  • The climate is relatively dry, so drink more water every day.
  • Protecting oneself from strong UV radiation at high altitude.
  • Protecting oneself from altitude sickness. Lessen the effects of altitude sickness, avoid strenuous exercise and have plenty of rest.
  • Respect local customs , habits, and religious beliefs.
  • Do not forget to take an umbrella or a raincoat when go out.
  • When take photos, please pay attention to your safety, do not shoot in dangerous areas.