Southeast Yunnan Photography Tour

(6 nights/7 days)


(Click for photo galleries: Kunming, Jianshui, Yuanyang)
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Destinations included: Kunming, Yuanyang and Jianshui.
Attractions features: picturesque terraced rice fields; culture of Hani ethnic minority group; karst cave; cultural relics, etc.
Day 01: arrive in Kunming which is reputed as "Spring City" because of the pleasant climate all year round and big variety of flowers, city tour, visit the East and West Temple Pagodas which were built during the 9th century, Golden Horse and Jade Rooster Archways which are among the landmarks of Kunming city, Flower & Bird Market and Nanping Pedestrian Commercial Street. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Kunming)


Day 02: drive to Yuanyang (6 hrs) which is one of the favorite destinations for photographers, en route, visit Stone Forest (90 km, 1.5 hrs) which is a world natural heritage site and world geological park with amazing karst limestone landform, in the meantime, meet the local Yi ethnic minority people there, on arrival in Yuanyang, visit Quanfuzhuang Terraced Fields before check into guesthouse. (O/N: guesthouse in Sheng Village)


Day 03: early in the morning, visit Duoyishu Terraced Fields which is the best place to watch sunrise, after that, return to guesthouse for breakfast, then you can visit terraced fields around Sheng Village; in the afternoon, visit Bada Terraced Fields, Qingkou Hani Nationality Village where you can find Hani people's houses with their roofs in the shape of mushrooms and Tiger Mouth Terraced Fields which is the most spectacular place to watch sunset. (O/N: guesthouse in Sheng Village)


Day 04: drive to Jianshui (3 hrs), visit Swift Cave which is a karst cave and is frequented by swifts every summer, hence the name, watch local masters climbing the cliffs bare-handedly for the purpose of picking the swift's nests, meanwhile, you can taste the swift's nest which is a local delicacy there. (O/N: 3-star hotel in Jianshui)


Day 05: after breakfast, visit Zhu's Family Garden, City Gate and Confucius Temple which is the second largest of its kind in China; after lunch, drive to Tuanshan Village, take a walk around the village and visit Zhang's Family Garden there, on the way back, visit Double-Dragon Bridge. (O/N: 3-star hotel in Jianshui)


Day 06: drive to Kunming (3 hrs), after arrival, visit Western Hills which is a forest park and as the outline of the hills looks like a lady lying down and trailing her hair in Dianchi Lake, it is nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty", ascending the hills, you can pay pilgrimages to Taoist gods and Buddhas and enjoy a bird's eye view of Kunming city and the lake. (O/N: 4-star hotel in Kunming)


Day 07: visit Golden Temple which is a Taoist temple and it is famous for a 250-ton bronze temple (the heaviest in China) and a 14-ton bronze bell (the third heaviest in China), on the bell tower there, you can also overlook Kunming city and see "Sleeping Beauty" clearly in the distance, then depart.
Quotation: US$766 per person (2 persons)
Tour Inclusions:
1. Entrance fees to scenic spots
2. Twin room based on double occupancy in hotels specified in the itinerary
3. Breakfasts, Chinese food for involved lunches and dinners
4. Air-conditioned vehicle
5. English-speaking guide
Tour Exclusions:
1. Visa fees
2. International or domestic air tickets for flights to and from Yunnan
3. Excess baggage charges
4. Tips and personal expenses
5. Single room supplement
7. Travel insurance
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