3 Days Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces Speed Train Tour from Kunming

Experience the thrill of a high-speed train journey to Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces, a photographer’s paradise, with our unique tour package. Departing from Kunming along the China-Laos Railway, you’ll arrive in Yuanjiang County, where Yuanyang’s breathtaking rice terraces await. This stunning destination is renowned for its vast, natural landscapes, making it an ideal spot for capturing breathtaking sunrise and sunset shots, as well as dramatic cloud formations. The best time to visit is from November to March, when the winter or spring seasons offer a serene and peaceful atmosphere. We’ve designed this group tour specifically for budget-conscious travelers who want to share the excitement and learn from fellow photography enthusiasts. Join us for an unforgettable adventure and discover the beauty of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces like never before!


Beginning a 3-day adventure to Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces, a photographer’s dream destination, with our speed train tour from Kunming. Our journey begins with a high-speed train ride along the China-Laos Railway to Yuanjiang County, where we’ll explore the stunning rice terraces, a testament to the Hani people’s ingenuity and resilience. We’ll visit the famous Duoyishu Rice Terraces, Aichun Village, and Azheke Village, capturing the breathtaking sunrise and sunset views, as well as the unique mushroom-shaped houses and traditional Hani villages. Our expert guides will share stories of the local culture and history, and we’ll enjoy local cuisine and hospitality throughout our journey.


  • Record fantistic and amazing pictures of the idyllic large-scale terraces, sunrise and sunset and clouds sea of Yuanyang by photographing.
  • Experience Yuanyang ethni culture and life styles.

Brief Itinerary:

  • Day 1 Kunming-Yuanjiang-Yuanyang
  • Day 2 Yuanyang
  • Day 3 Yuanyang-Yuanjiang-Kunming

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming-Yuanjiang-Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities: ethnic villages, sunset of Laohuizui Rice Terraces, Terraced Fields of Laohuzui
Accommodation: Yuanyang
Meals: Lunch
Train Schedule: Kunming-Yuanjiang C301 07:55-09:24

  • Arrival and Exploration
    • Take the speed train from Kunming Railway Station to Yuanjiang Railway Station (C301, 07:55-09:24)
    • Meet your local guide and driver in Yuanjiang County
    • Visit Datan Village, Zhega Village, Dulang Village, and Xiaoyan Village, homesteads of the Dai ethnic people
    • Explore the Red River Valley and marvel at the scenic beauty
  • Winding River and Sunset
  • About Yuanyang
    • Yuanyang is a county located in south-central Yunnan province, People’s Republic of China. It is renowned for its rice terraces, considered the world’s largest and most spectacular, crafted by the Hani people over a thousand years ago. The rice farmers have practiced ecology and land preservation for centuries, long before these concepts were widely accepted.
  • Yuanyang Rice Terraces
    • The rice terraces are a self-sustaining ecosystem. In winter to early spring, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to rejuvenate and prepare for the next season. The Hani people have repeated this process for more than a thousand years. There is only one harvest in a year for the Yuanyang Rice Terraces; planting takes place from March to October/November every year.

Day 2 Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields, Qingkou Village, Bada Hani Rice Terrace, local ethnic market, Longshuba Rice Terraces
Accommodation: Yuanyang
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

  • Rise and Shine
    • Start your day with an early morning drive to Doyishu Village, a scenic 30KM journey that will reward you with a breathtaking sunrise over the Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields.
    • As the sun rises above the eastern horizon, the terraced fields will come alive, unfolding like a series of rings cascading down the hillside towards the sky.
    • From the top of the mountains to the bottom, the landscape stretches out in a kaleidoscope of color, bathed in sunshine, cloud, and mist. It’s a truly spectacular sight.
  • Cultural Immersion
    • Next, head to Qingkou Village, where generations of Hani people have called home.
    • Explore their traditional way of life and visit the Bada Hani Rice Terraces, a testament to their ingenuity and perseverance.
    • Don’t miss the local ethnic market, where you can sample local delicacies and shop for unique handicrafts.
  • Sunset Serenade
    • End your day with a stunning sunset at Longshuba Rice Terraces, located just 5KM from Xinjie Town. As the sun dips below the horizon, the rice terraces will be bathed in a warm golden light, casting a serene atmosphere over the landscape. It’s the perfect ending to an unforgettable day in this picturesque region.

Day 3 Yuanyang-Yuanjiang-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities: sunrise of Yuanyang Rice Terrace, local market and villages, take photos
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Train Schedule: Yuanjiang-Kunming C313 15:18-16:47

Enjoy the sunrise of Yuanyang Rice Terrace, take photos as you like. Visit the local market and villages nearby. After lunch enjoy your free time in Yuanyang. You can trek around the terraces.

Transfer to Yuanjiang Railway Station and take the speed train back to Kunming(C313 15:18-16:47).
After arriving in Kunming, finish the tour of Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces.

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Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodations as listed in the itinerary;
  • Sharing English-speaking tour guide;
  • Sharing vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;

Service Excluded:

  • Any arrival and departure international airfares or train tickets;
  • Chinese visa fees;
  • Excess baggage charged by Airlines;
  • Accommodations not listed in the itinerary;
  • 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.
  • When take photos, please pay attention to your safety, do not shoot in dangerous areas.
  • With subtropical monsoon climate, Yuanyang owns a mild weather, having an average annual temperature around 15 °C, and 1670 hours annual sunlight. It has abundant rainfall with average annual rainfall of 1397.6mm, and relative humidity of 85% throughout the year, fog period of 174-180 days. It’s available to visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces all year round. If you want to catch the most beautiful terraces scenery, November to next April is the best time to visit Yuanyang.
  • Although there is no distinctive difference of seasons, the daily temperature can be varied from 32 °C to -2.6 °C, so you’d better check the specific weather condition before you tour Yuanyang.

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