7 days Yunnan Yuanyang Rice Terraces tour

⇀ Jianshui
⇀ Yuanyang
⇀ Kunming
Enjoy this Yunnan sightseeing tour, which balances a visit in Jianshui ancient town to learn about the local cultures and a photography trip in Yuanyang. Make sure your camera is ready to catch the breathtaking scenery of the rice terraces.
7 days
Trip code
From ¥ 5,060 per person
¥ 4,600
you save ¥ 460 (10%)

This Yunnan sightseeing tour combines a historical discovery in Jianshui and a trip to the rice terraces of Yuanyang. It is designed for those who crave in photography. We strongly recommend you to pick this tour during the Spring as the landscapes are fully blossoming in Yuanyang. More awaits in this tour as you discover the cultural heritages in Jianshui. Learn about the folk customs and cultures of the locals.

Day 01 :
Arrive Kunming

Enjoy a photography tour which is filled with breathtaking scenery and ethnic culture in Yunnan province. As the entrance city of this tour, Kunming, the capital city of Yunnan, is renowned as "the City of Eternal Spring" for its pleasant climate and flowers blooming all year long.

As you arrive at the airport or railway station of Kunming, be assisted to the downtown hotel by your local guide and driver. Spend the rest of the day to roam this city on your own. Your local guide will be pleased to offer suggestions on where to go.

Day 02 :
Drive to Jianshui - Jianshui Ancient City Tour

After breakfast, drive about 5 hours to Jianshui, one of the famous historical and cultural city in China. With a history of over 1,200 years, it still retains the traditional style of the original town Upon your arrival, spend the whole day to visit the cultural heritages of this city and be impressed by its reputation as the "Museum of Ancient Buildings".

First, head to the heart of Jianshui ancient city to visit the third largest Confucius Temple in China. Built with a traditional Chinese architectural style, Jianshui Confucius Temple enjoys a history of more than 700 years. Compared with the Confucius temples in other places of China, This place is very special as it is a display of the cultural mixture of the Han and the other ethnic groups of South Yunnan. Next you will walk around this city. See the well preserved ancient buildings and the daily life of local people. 

In the evening, visit the Chaoyang Gateway Arch, which is the landmark of Jianshui. Renowned as the "Small Tiananmen Tower",  the gateway arch features the traditional architectural style with big poles, a three-eaves saddle roof and wood carved doors. During the sunset time, the bell will resounds through the whole town, telling people not to forget about the history of the ancient city.

Day 03 :
Jianshui Sightseeing - Drive to Yuanyang

Visit the Zhu's Family Garden this morning. This garden is regarded as a representative of the rich's residential houses in ancient China.Walk through a serious of courtyards in a maze layout to see the well designed  pavilions with steep ridges, painted crossbeams and intricate painted ceilings. Afterwards, drive to the Tuanshan Village, which is the only intact cultural village of the Qing Dynasty existed currently in Yunnan. This village is a perfect place to learn about the culture and customs of the Yi ethnic minority as it was ever their habitation for centuries. 

In the afternoon, drive about 3 to 4 hours to Yuanyang, which is well known for its spectacular rice terraces. Notice that the best time to see the rice terraces is from Jan. to Mar. We strongly recommend you to pick this tour during these three months in order to gain a better experience.

There are three scenic areas to view the rice terraces in Yuanyang. This late afternoon stop at the Tiger Mouth Village so you will catch the sunset time. Make sure your camera is ready while seeing the color of the terraces as though they have been painted by an artist. After, drive back to the hotel in Yuanyang for retire.

Day 04 :
Yuanyang Sightseeing

This early morning, admire the splendid scenery of the sunrise in Duoyishu. As the reflections and shadows in the colorful water are constantly changing, the visual impact can be overwhelming. Afterwards, head to a local market the where you will see the local ethnic people dressed in their traditional clothes and their life style.

After having lunch, drive to the Jingkou Hani Ethnic Village. The mushroom-like houses are undoubtedly the most distinctive in this village. Walk around here and learn about the culture and history of the Hani Minority with a visit to a Hani Showroom in the village. The last sight today is the Bada Scenic Area. the sunset here is so amazing as the incessantly changing colors will make you feel that you are in a magical kingdom.

Day 05 :
Rice Terraces Tour - Drive Back to Jianshui

Continue the trip today as you will have a trek to some local villages to capture more spectacular views of the rive terraces. The Hani terraced fields are magnificent and on a large-scale. They extend to many towns in Yuanyang County. Today you will stop at Shengcun, Chachang and Dawazhe to gain a further understanding of the terraces and Hani people. Always keep your camera ready as every step in today's trip is filled with picturesque scenery. This afternoon, drive back to the hotel in Jianshui and prepare for the next day.

Day 06 :
Drive to Kunming - Kunming City Tour

Say farewell to Jianshui as you will drive back to Kunming. Upon arrival, spend this afternoon to roam the Flowers and Birds Market in Kunming's downtown area. This vibrant market offers you a chance to see Kumming in action. This local market is filled not only with flowers and birds, but fist and other small animals that many residents take as pets. If you are interested in some knick-knacks, we recommend you to try out to use your bargaining skill before buying them. After having dinner, you can return to your hotel for retire or enjoy the Dynamic Yunnan Show. 

Day 07 :
Departure from Kunming

Say farewell to your guide and drive this morning as they will pick you up from the hotel to drive to the airport or train station for departure. If you have any special requirements on this tour, please let us know. We are experts in tailor made trips and ready to assist you in extending your stay in China.

2 Persons
3 Persons
4-6 Persons
Apr. to Jun and late Oct.
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Tour notes:

Please note prices are based in CNY.

General inclusions:

All required government taxes and fees.
2 bottles of mineral water provided daily.
Your selection of 3, 4 or 5 Stars hotel (shared twin room, private bathroom and daily breakfast)
All entrance tickets as noted in the tour's itinerary.
Guide fluent in English, Chinese or Japanese that is certified by the state tourism build and from the local community. (If your native language is not listed please let us know, we are certain we can assist your needs.)
Airport and/or train station pick-up and drop-off.
All domestic flight and train tickets. Economy-class for flights and soft sleeper / seat for train tickets.
Transportation will we be provided via a comfortable and clean car, minivan or tourist bus depending upon the groups size.

General exclusions:

Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, internet access, fax, telephone calls etc.
Tips for your guide and driver.
Flight and/or railway ticket(s) to the first city of the tour and departure from the last city of the tour.
Meals not specified in the itinerary.

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Pik San
Pik San
Thu, 08/25/2016

Hi, 2 of us from Malaysia would like to travel to Lijiang, Shangri-la, Yuan Yang Terraces and Dongchuan on 9/9 to 14/9. Please advice.


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Anita Fan
Fri, 08/26/2016

In reply to by Pik San (not verified)

Hi Pik,

Thanks for your inquiry. This is Anita from WindhorseTour.
I would like to share with you that the best time for Yuanyang Terraces is from November to early April, thus I would suggest you skip it to make this tour reasonable within 6 days.
Based on your information, I have sent you an email with detailed itinerary for your review. Please go through it and kindly let me know if you have any questions.
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Best Regards,

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