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Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour - 6 Days

Destination: Kunming,Jianshui,Yuanyang,Shilin
Duration: Six Day
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Historic Town of Jianshui
Amongst other attractions are the 13th. Century Confucius temple of Jianshui, one of the largest and most beautiful in China; the Zhu family mansion with its ornate courtyards, pavilions and gardens; Chaoyang Gateway Arch built in the Ming dynasty. Out of town are a number of historical sites including Twin Dragon Bridge with its 17 arches; the lovely village of Tuanshan dominated by the Zhang family since Ming times and the superb Zhang family gardens.

Amazing Yuanyang Rice Terraces
The famous terraced rice fields of Yuanyang are about 2 hours south of Jianshui and consists of about 12,000 hectares of terraces which have been cut into the sides of mountains are thousands of years by Hani farmers. The rice terraces of Yuanyang, which have been under continuous cultivation for thirteen centuries, where officially granted world heritage status in 2013. This is an extremely picturesque area and is a photographer¡¯s paradise with vistas of rice terraces, the Red River, villages and Hani and Yi people dressed in their traditional costumes. Trekking or driving between villages and visiting markets are especially rewarding.

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Arrival in Kunming, the captial of the Province Yunnan in South-West China. Transfer to your hotel.
Depending on your arrival time we make a first stroll through the Kunming Business District. We visit the East-West Pagodas for the 9th century and the former City Gates. (Jin Ma Bi Ji). Dinner takes place at a typical Yunnan Restaurant where you get a taste of the mouthwatering Yunnan cuisine.


Drive to Jianshui. On the way stop a Xingmeng, a village inhabited by a Mongol minority left behind by Khengis Khans army over 700 years ago. Continue to Tonghai where we visit Mount Xiushan with an array of traditional Temples and Pavilions in various styles of Taoism, Buddhism and Confucianism some of which are from the late Jin Dynasty (265-420).
Upon arrival in Jianshui visit the recently renovated Confucius Temple „Wen Miao¡°. Continue to  the ¡°Eastgate¡± and we also pay a visit to former residence of the once wealthy Zhu family.


Drive to the traditional Zhuang-Village of Tuanshan with its well preserved architecture. On the way you also visit the "Twin Dragon Bridge", an ancient stone bridge from the Qing Dynasty. On the way to Yuanyang we stop at the Swallow's Cavern, a magnificent cave that has been dug out by the Lu River. During spring and summer hundreds of thousands of Swallows can be seen flying around inside and outside the cave. Continue through magnificent scenery towards Xinjie, the gateway to the stunning and spectacular rice terraces of Yuanyang.  The Yuanyang rice terraces have been carved out of the Ailao Mountains over hundreds of years by Hani farmers living in the area.


We leave the Hotel early (around 6 am) to witness a magnificent sunrise over the rice terraces. (Depending on weather condition; In winter the Rice terraces are often engulfed in fog. After that if possible we will visit one of the bustling weekly local markets in the area where we can observe the local people from various ethnic groups (Hani, Yi, Zhuang, some Miao) doing their weekly shopping. Many of them still wear their traditional costumes.
In the afternoon we make a hike (about 2.5 hours) through the magnificent rice terraces of Yuanyang to a nearby Hani village.


After breakfast we leave Xinjie and the Yuanyang Rice Terraces and drive north towards Mile. The fertile land and the mild climate make this part of the Yunnan province ideal for cultivating tobacco. Apart from the cigarette production, Mile is also well known for its many hot springs. Continue via the newly constructed highway through an ever changing landscape towards Lunan and the nearby Stone Forest of Lunan, where we arrive in the afternoon. Late afternoon we visit the Stone Forest. Years of rain and erosion left behind a bizarre and impressive landscape of limestone pillars which, with a little imagination, indeed resemble a Forrest. We have a walk through the maze of paths and walkways leading through this natural wonderland. Drive to Kunming

Transfer to either the train station or to the airport.


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