6 Days Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang Rice Terraces

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Max Group size of 12 people

All accomodations included

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Price of tour: $660*

* (Price can be 10% lower or higher depending on the season. Please tell us your preferred travel month in the booking form)

Short tour summary

Discover the beauty and cultural treasures of Yunnan province on this 6-day tour starting in the modern city of Kunming, surrounded by stunning karst peaks. Travel to Jianshui county, then venture to the famous Yuanyang Rice Terraces, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where you will enjoy the beautiful terraced hillsides resembling a work of art. You will explore ancient villages perched on the terraces, meet local Hani people, and gain insights into their agricultural practices that have sustained life in this region for centuries. This tour offers breathtaking scenery, great cultural experiences, and a taste of Yunnan’s diverse landscapes and heritage.

Tour highlights: Stone Forest | Jianshui Old Town | Zhu Family’s Garden | Tofu Workshop | Making Pottery | Shuanglong Bridge | Tuanshan | Duoyishu Terrace | Ethnic Market | Azheke | Xingmeng

Day by day schedule:


Day 1: Kunming Arrival

When you arrive at the airport or train station of Kunming, you will be picked up for your transfer to the hotel in the city centre. On this first day we will not have a busy itinerary. You are free to get used to the city, take a rest, or spend some time on your own. Either stroll along the beautiful Green Lake, or pay a visit to flower & birds market and get to know the life of the locals.

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Day 2: Kunming- Stone Forest- Jianshui 288km/4hrs

On this second day, we will drive 68km to visit the Stone Forest, this geopark is famous for having the most different kinds of karst forms in the world! After that, we will drive for about 3 hours to Jianshui. When we arrive we will visit Jianshui Old Town, and Zhu Family’s Garden. These are typically  the most popular sports to see in Jianshui. Many people are always amazed by the architectural style of the houses and buildings of this town.

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Day 3: Jianshui- Yuanyang 185km/3.5hrs

On day 3, we will start the day by attending a local tofu workshop during the morning. Afterwards, we will visit the Purple Pottery street, to learn and make traditional pottery yourself. On the way, we will pay a visit to the Shuanglong Bridge. After the pottery workshop, we continue to Tuanshan Village. All the temples here are well preserved, and you can clearly see the special workmanship of wood, stone and brick carvings. In the afternoon we will drive to Yuanyang, an amazing place famous for its spectacular rice terraces. We start exploring those tomorrow!


Day 4: Yuanyang

Today is an early bird day! We will try to get you up and running at 6am to watch the sunrise at Duoyishu Terrace. The fields gradually turn golden when sun appears from above. Together with the villages scattered around in the cloud and mist, this will be a beautiful experience. Afterwards, we will join the Ethnic Market & Bazaar where locals trade daily supplies, get a closer look at the Hani people’s lifestyles. After this tour we drive back to our hotel to take a well deserved rest around lunchtime. In the afternoon we head to Azheke, where we can see the primitive Hani minority village with mushroom-like houses. We’ll continue our hiking in the rice paddies, seeing locals working in the fields, and finally enjoy the sunset together!


Day 5: Yuanyang-Kunming 344km/5hrs

On day 5, we will start our journey back to Kunming. On the way, we are going to pay a visit to the Xingmeng Mongolian Village. This is special village because of the language that they speak here. It’s a language composed of ancient Mongolian, Yi, Hani, and is only handed down orally without writing records.

Day 6: Kunming Departure

This is the last day of the trip. You will wake up in Kunming and have a nice breakfast. Afterwards we will transfer you again to the airport or train station to go to your next destination, or back home.

Included in the price

  • Airport and train station pickup and drop services on arrival and departure dates
  • Experienced, knowledgeable English-speaking guide for scheduled tours and activities
  • Transportation via air-conditioned vehicle/coach for the duration of the tour
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels, based on double occupancy room sharing
  • Daily breakfast at hotels
  • Entrance fees for attractions and activities listed in the itinerary
  • Participation in a tofu workshop visit and Jianshui pottery making experience
  • 1 bottle of water per person per day

Excluded from the price

  • International or domestic flights/train tickets
  • Meals not specified as included such as lunches and dinners
  • Single room supplements
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers

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