7 Days Yuanyang Rice Terraces Photo Tour with Tea Culture Experience

Yuanyang County is renowned for its Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces, a part of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces, sculpted by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago, transforming a barren valley into a humid Eden; perfect for rice crops. Discoverd by French tourists last century, Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces are the most popular destination in south Yunnan Province. For this tour, rice terrace tour is not the only highlight, you will also experience Yunnan tea culture by visiting tea plantations in Yuanyang and Mengzi.


  • Trekking along Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces and have a bird view the overwhelming landscape.
  • Step into ethnic villages to experience Hani Culture and their authentic life.
  • Lose yourself into the enthralling sunrise view of Duoyishu Rice Terraces and sunset view of Bada.
  • Explore Jianshui Ancient Town and experience the confucius culture in Jianshui Confucius Temple.
  • Visit tea plantations in Yuanyang and Mengzi and learn Yunnan tea culture.

Brief Itinerary

  • Day 1: Kunming Arrival
  • Day 2: Kunming – Jianshui
  • Day 3 Jianshui-Yuanyang
  • Day 4 Yuanyang
  • Day 5 Yuanyang-Mengzi
  • Day 6 Mengzi-Shilin–Kunming
  • Day 7 Departure from Kunming

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Kunming Arrival

Sightseeing and Activities:Kunming Arrival
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Lunch

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. 

Day 2 Kunming -Jianshui

Sightseeing and Activities:Tuanshan Village, Garden of Family Zhang, Jianshui Old Town, Chaoyang Gateway Tower
Accommodation: Jianshui
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Drive to Jianshui (4-5hrs ). You will visit Shuanglong Birdge and Tuanshan Village as well as the Garden of Family Zhang in Tuanshan Village. Tuanshan Village is a rare surviving example of an intact-albeit neglected-traditional walled Yunnan village compound in southwestern China, and has been added to the 2005 list of internationally significant sites by the World Memorial Fund for Architecture (WMF), an international fund for the protection of world heritage sites. Later , you’ll visit the Jianshui Old Town and the Chaoyang Gateway Tower, which was built in Ming Dynasty (1389). It is also known as ‘Miniature Tian’an men’ because the out shape of it is similar to Tian’anmen Square in Beijing.

Day 3 Jianshui-Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:Jianshui Confucius Temple, Zhu Family Garden, the sunset of Bada Rice Terraces
Accommodation: Yuanyang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

In the morning, visit Jianshui Confucius Temple, which has a history of 700 years. It is the second largest Confucius Temple in China. Then visit Zhu Family Garden.

In the afternoon, you will transfer to Yuanyang and enjoy the sight of Bada Rice Terraces.

Day 4 Yuanyang

Sightseeing and Activities:the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Field, Doyishu Village, Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village, Bada Rice Terrace, Shengcun Market, 
Accommodation: Yuanyang
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Duoyishu Rice Terraces in Yuanyang County,Honghe-20

Get up very early in the morning, you’ll drive to visit Duoyishu Village and enjoy the sunrise of Duoyishu Rice Terrace Fields when the sun appears above the eastern horizon. The terraced fields are ring upon ring and cascade one by one. They go along the hillside up to the sky. You will see the scenery of the terraced fields from the top of the mountains to the bottom. They are all farms under the sunshine and cloud and mist. The landscape is spectacular. And then, you will visit Qingkou Village and rice terraces where Hani people for generations inhabit. Visit Bada Hani Rice TerraceShengcun Market as well. 

In the afternoon, pay a visit to Malizhai Tea Processing Factory in Yuanyang.

Day 5 Yuanyang-Mengzi

Sightseeing and Activities:Honghe Wulichong Ecological Tea Company, Tea Plantation, Mengzi City, Mengzi Old Town
Accommodation: Mengzi
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Drive to Mengzi County. Pay a visit to Honghe Wulichong Ecological Tea Company(红河五里冲生态茶叶公司) and their tea plantation. Learn their tea culture. Experience to pick tea leaves and learn to make tea cake on your own.

In the late afternoon, visit Mengzi City and Mengzi Old Town.

Day 6 Mengzi-The Stone Forest-Kunming

Sightseeing and Activities:The Stone Forest
Accommodation: Kunming
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Morning, you will depart to the Stone Forest( 5-6hrs ). There is a local saying: ‘It is a waste of time not to visit the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming’, which vividly expresses the deep love of the local people toward this world wonder. The quintessential karst landscape makes every tourist lost in it’s wonder. 

After the tour, drive back to Kunming (1.5hrs )  in the late afternoon. 

Day 7 Kunming Departure

Sightseeing and Activities:Kunming Tea Market, Kunming Departure
Accommodation: None
Meals: Breakfast

Pick up from hotel, visit Kunming Xiongda Tea Market. Afternoon,  transfer to airport for the departure flight to next place. 

Service Included:

  • Admission fees for all of the sightseeing spots listed in the itinerary;
  • Meals as listed in the itinerary;
  • Hotels as listed in the itinerary;
  • Private English-speaking tour guide;
  • Private vehicle for transfers & sightseeing with skilled driver;
  • Service charge & government taxes;
  • 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 accident insurance;
  • All optional programs.

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