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4 Days Rice Terraces Photography Tour

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Wonders Of Yunnan Travel

WOY is ranked as the best company for Tours in Kunming on the world’s largest travel site TP.

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4 Days Rice Terraces Photography Tour

Visit Stone Forest and Yuanyang’s Rice Terraces, both listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list . More and more photography-lovers have gravitated to the terraces for the wonderful scenery. Jianshui, with its ancient town in Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province, is one of the most famous historic and cultural towns of China.

DAY 1

Kunming–Stone Forest

Your tour guide and driver pick you up from your Kunming hotel in the morning at 9am. First, we drive to Stone Forest (about 90 km, 1.5 hours, mostly highway), and enjoy a local Yunnan lunch before we enter the highly rated attraction. According to an old saying it is a pity not visiting the Stone Forest while you are in Kunming. Enjoy the beautiful views at the lookouts and spend about 2 hours in the park. After that, we'll take the car to Danuohei Sani Village (25 km, about 30 minutes) and get in touch with the local Sani ethnic people. The locals have kept a tradition to make use of what is available near where they live. Danuohei Village is famous for its tradition of building houses with stones, preserving long-lasting costumes, traditional belief and religion. Meals: L Read more

Shilin, 1 night
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DAY 2

Shilin–Yuanyang

After breakfast, we drive to Yuanyang Scenic Area (about 300 km, 4.5 hours), one of Yunnan’s famous UNESCO World Heritage sites. Upon arrival, we first visit the Bada rice terraces which offer a great view over the gigantic terraced valley. Then visit the Qingkou Village. Later in the evening, we head to the rice terraces at Laohuzui where the colorful sunset can be enjoyed if the weather permits. A very recommended stop for photographers. Get dropped off at your hotel afterwards. Meals: L Read more

Yuanyang, 1 night
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DAY 3

Yuanyang–Jianshui

The Yuanyang Rice Terraces belong to the Hani and Yi people and were listed as world heritage in 2013. Get up very early today to witness the sunrise over the terraces at Duoyishu Village and visit a local street market in close Shengcun afterwards. The people of surrounding villages – often ethnic minorities – gather here to buy and sell all sorts of food and necessities during the day. Get driven to Jianshui afterwards (about 130 km, 3.5 hours). Visit Tuanshan Village on the way. Tuanshan Village was listed as world monument of architectural heritage in 2006. Both, Jianshui and Tuanshan attract a lot of visitors from China and abroad. Afterwards, we have a look at Zhu’s Family Garden and the Confucius Temple, which is the second largest of its kind in China! These are the two very famous sights of the city. Recommended is about half an hour visiting time each. Meals: L Read more

Jianshui, 1 night
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DAY 4

Jianshui–Kunming

After breakfast, we attend a local tofu workshop (about 30 minutes) as tofu is one of the most important food of the area. Drive back to Kunming (about 210 km, 3.5 hours, mostly highway), visit Xingmeng to get an insight about Mongolian culture in Yunnan. Visit Yunnan Provincial Museum and Guandu Ancient Town when in Kunming. Drop off at Kunming city center or airport according to your schedule. This tour comes to an end and we’d be happy welcoming you in Yunnan again! Optional evening activity in Kunming: Visit the highly rated Dynamic Yunnan Show. Meals: L Read more

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Day in trip
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Hotel
Day 1
Location Shilin
Day 2
Location Yuanyang
Day 3
Location Jianshui
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Shilin
Day 2
Location Yuanyang
Day 3
Location Jianshui
Day in trip
Location
Hotel
Day 1
Location Shilin
Day 2
Location Yuanyang
Day 3
Location Jianshui

TRIP PACKAGE

Package includes

  • Centrally located hotels with breakfast (as per chosen category; based on twin-bed room for 2 pax; please see above and/or have a look at our hotel choice for an overview of recommended accommodation);
  • Authentic Chinese lunch as listed, 4 lunches in total per person
  • Private transportation with skilled driver, including hotel pick-up and drop off; including gas, toll fee and parking fee etc.
  • Private English-speaking tour guide (1 tour guide from day 1 to day 4)
  • Entrance fees for the attractions listed in the program
  • 2 bottles of local drinking water per person per day
  • Compensation fee for meals and accommodations for tour guide and driver when outside of Kunming
  • 24/7 English-speaking customer services
  • Government taxes

Package excludes

  • Flight tickets
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Destinations not listed in the program
  • Chinese visa (China requires visa for most travelers)
  • Personal Travel Accident Insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for the driver and tour guide (highly appreciated but not requested)
  • Surcharges for upgrades from standard twin-bed rooms to doubled-bed rooms

More information

  • Please note that all prices mentioned above are valid outside the Chinese Public Holidays as Golden Week, Spring Festival, Labor Day etc. only.

REVIEWS

3 Reviews

Kris, United States

I contacted WoY based on other TripAdvisor reviews and I am glad I did. Having never been to the Yunnan region (and this was our first trip to China) I had no idea about the travel times or attractions. After reviewing their website, I sent them a suggested itinerary. I was contacted within 24 hours (being in the Eastern time zone of the US I would send them an email in the evening and routinely have a reply when I got up in the morning). Christy gave me great advice and helped me narrow the scope of our trip to what was manageable . Our excursion from Kunming to the rice terraces near Yuanyang went off smoothly and pretty much exactly as scheduled. The only glitch was that the advertised 5.5 to 6-hr travel time by car wound up being more like 8 or 9 hours because it happened to me Tomb Sweeping week and everyone was getting out of Kunming for the country. Nevertheless, the tour guide and driver were proficient and we had no problems. The lodging WoY booked for us was splendid and overlooked the rice terraces. Back in Kunming, we enjoyed the Dynamic Yunnan show on their recommendation and are grateful for the suggestion - it was terrific. I would definitely recommend using WoY to help organize a first trip to this beautiful region. Read more

David, Israel

WoY were very good we were in China and our bank failed to pay balance. WoY still allowed us to carry on with trip and helped us to sort out missed payment. Waking and staying in Shaxi was the highlight of our trip. Walked up the mountain to a temple then to another temple where there are wild monkeys. I would not recommend staying in Lijiang. Stay in nearby ancient village. Read more

Corrine, Cambodia

It was a very last minute decision to go for vacation in Yunnan and I contacted WoY. Somehow, they managed to organise everything - hotels, domestic air tickets and tour guides within a week (3 days actually, considering that they had 2 public holidays that week) and I flew out with my parents a week later. Everything went smoothly, hotels booked were great, all meals were included and even when we decided not to go to their pre-arranged dinner location, they deducted the meals from the overall cost. We could also decide what we wanted to eat, particularly in Kunming and Lijiang where we tried some really good restaurants from the guide's recommendation and they made all the arrangements. We had different tour guides for different legs of the trip but all of them were knowledgeable and extremely helpful. My dad has some difficulty climbing up and down steps and every guide or driver who observed the difficulty all volunteered to hold his arm whenever they are around him. That attention to detail is simply going above and beyond. Chinese language was generally not a problem for us though it's not my first language. We even learnt the different ethnic ways of addressing each other. In terms of itinerary, some of the highlights were: 1. the Dali three pagodas - climbing up hill to see 11 Temples sequentially was pretty amazing. Every time you thought it was the highest temple, there's always another behind it. 2. Old towns in Dali and Lijiang - full of culture so try and stay within the old town. 3. The tiger leaping gorge - honestly if you can climb to see the 11 Temples in Dali, you can do this. We went when the water levels are seasonally low so it wasn't as majestic but still good. 4. Shangri la - just an experience in itself. The altitude is considered high for us and all of us had nose bleed every day we were there due to the dry air. We were however prepared with high altitude pills and the guide even took us to buy oxygen cans. It might look weird or funny but honestly, it made us breathe easier, particularly at night when you are in the hotel room. Alternatively, consider bringing a humidifier for the room. 5. Kunming Dynamic Yunnan show - I was so glad WoY recommended this as an add on. In my view, a must see if you like stage cultural performance! Last but not least, a big thank you to Cici Li - my travel consultant from WoY who made this trip possible. I have lots of pictures to remember this last minute trip and very happy parents! Read more

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THE TEAM

Christy Huang

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Sam King

Sales Manager

Joy Yang

Sales Manager

Yali Zhao

Operator

Mr. Chen

Driver

Mr. Lin

Driver

Mr. Yang

Driver

Mr. Ma

Driver

Vivian Dong

Tour Guide

Sarah Fu

Tour Guide

Qinyi

Tour Guide

Paola Faccioli

Marketing Manager

Cici Li

Marketing Department

Rebekah Zhang

Travel Consultant

Shirley Zeng

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