5 Days Kunming and Dongchuan Red Land Tour

This tour will bring you to experience the city highlights of Kunming including the “first wonder of the world” – the Stone forest and the most charming part is to visit Dongchuan Red Land which is believed to hold the world’s most imposing red earth, just like a painting of a great magnificent landscape. 


  • Appreciate the fabulous Yunnan natural sceneries, including the world natural heritage-the Stone Forest.
  • Enjoy different view of Dongchuan Red Land – Sunset and Sunrise.
  • Get very close to local citizens in the Green Lake Park.
  • Enjoy leisure time in flower and birds market.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming – the Stone Forest – Kunming
  • Day 3: Kunming – Dongchuan
  • Day 4: Dongchuan – Kunming
  • Day 5: Kunming Departure

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Green Lake

The Green Lake Park(Cuihu Park) in Kunming

You’ll begin your journey to the diverse and captivating province of Yunnan from the capital city, Kunming. Upon arrival at the Kunming International Airport, meet your local guide and transfer to the hotel.

You will take a leisurely stroll along the Green Lake, a charming area of teahouses and small boutiques selling handicrafts and beautiful local paintings. If time permits, you will have a Kunming city tour. 

— Kunming is the capital of southwest China’s Yunnan province, 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-The Stone Forest-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:the Stone Forest, Qixing Village, the Flowers and Birds Market

Large Stone Forest in Shilin County, Kunming

After breakfast, you’ll be driven 86 km to the renowned Stone Forest, the ‘First Wonder of the World’. You’ll marvel at its natural stone masterpieces and be bewitched by the intricate formations. You feel like come into a ‘stone world’.

Afterwards, visit Qixing Village of Sani Ethnic People, to admire their colorful minority costumes and exotic tradition cultures. You’ll have a nice chance to listen to the touching love story of Ashima told by local old people. The Sani minority people are one group of the branches of the Yi. The Sani Minority Villages around the Stone Forest cluster many small Yi ethnic villages.

After the tour, be transferred to Kunming and visit the Flowers and Birds Market in the downtown. 

— The Stone Forest is in Shilin Yi Nationality Autonomous County, which is about 120 kilometers from Kunming and requires only a three-hour drive. It covers an area of 400 square kilometers (96,000 acres) and includes both large and small stone forests, as well as many other scenic spots. The Stone Forest has unique karst topography which is one of the best of its kind within China. There are six scenic spots in the Stone Forest: the Greater Stone Forest, the Lesser Stone Forest, the Naigu Stone Forest, the Zhiyun Cave, the Long Lake, the Da Dieshui Waterfall and the Qifeng Cave.

Day 3 Kunming-Dongchuan

Sightseeing and Activities:Dongchuan Red Land

Shuipingzi Terraced Fields of Dongchuan Red Land, Kunming

After breakfast in hotel, drive to Dongchuan Red Land(150 km 4 hours on national highway). Arrive at Red Soil Dongchuan in the noon, after a short rest, then go to take photos at Damakan hill, JingxiuYuan hill and so on, there are about 6 to 7 spots around.

–Dongchuan, a rural place in the Wumeng Mountainous area, about 180km north of Kunming, becomes very famous among Chinese photographers for its  red soil. In the mid 1990s, the first Chinese photographers came to discover the Wumeng’s scenery. The first came and scooped award-winning photos, but kept their location a closely guarded secret. But slowly the details leaked and now more and more photographers are making their arduous trip into the arid mountains. The brilliant red soil, the yellow buckwheats and the dramatic skies make the region around Dongchuan a paradise for photographers.

Day 4 Dongchuan-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:Dongchuan-Kunming

This morning, get up early and enjoy the sunrise at ‘Hit Horse Hole’,  watch what local people do in the fields,  then drive back to Kunming. 

Day 5 Kunming Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:Departure from Kunming

Departure from Kunming, service ends.

Recommended Hotels

Destination 5 Star 4 Star 3 Star Hostels
Kunming Sofitel Hotel Jingjiang Hotel Long Teng Hotel Tu Tu Inn
Dongchuan / Shanju Hotel Chunqiu Hotel Caiyunxuan Inn

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation with breakfast as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide and vehicle for transfers & sightseeing;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • Two bottles of mineral water each day.
  • Luggage transfers between airports and hotels;.

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 insurance;
  • All optional programs;