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China Rice Terraces Tour - 4 Days

Destination: Yuanyang Jianshui
Duration: Four Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:All the year
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Taking our hand-picked 4 days trip to Yuanyang and Jianshui, you will not only be impressed by the marvelous landscape of rice terraces in Yuanyang, but also deeply explore the ancient houses that well-preserved in Jianshui Ancient Town.
As a world heritage site, Yuanyang Rice Terraces is an amazing creature made by the local Hani ethnic group. Changing vividly through the year, Yuanyang Rice Terraces offers different scenes in different seasons, like it is green in spring when rice started to grow, golden in autumn when the rice ripens and the terraces are filled with water in winter, reflecting the sky.
As one of the national famous historic and cultural towns of China, Jianshui is an ancient town in Honghe Prefecture of Yunnan Province. With a history of over 1200 years, Jianshui Ancient Town enjoys a great reputation as a Museum of Ancient Buildings and Residential Houses in China.


Best Time to Visit
There are two best seasons to visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces and Jiangshui Ancient Town in a year.
The most recommended season is from November to the next March when the rice terraces are filled with water. The terraces all over the hills are just like thousands of mirrors reflecting the blue sky. And the sunrise and sunset are amazing that reflected by the water-filled rice terraces. It is good to taking pictures when the lines between the water in the terraces and the ridges of the fields are clear and beautiful.
The second best season to go is from July to September when it is the autumn harvest season. At this time, all the terraces are golden and yellow with rice.
During other months, it may be foggy sometimes for its wet climate. However, it is possible to visit Yuanyang Rice Terraces anytime during the year because of the subtropical climate.

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Day 1: Kunming - Stone Forest - Danuohei Village

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Kunming. First, you will enjoy a Yunnan Pu'er Tea Ceremony, during which you can not only taste the local Pu'er tea, but also learn about the interesting tea culture of China and the history of the Ancient Tea Horse Road.
Next, you will enjoy an authentic local Yunnan lunch before you arrive at Stone Forest. After lunch, we will drive to Stone Forest, the top attraction in Kunming city. You can enjoy the shaped stones at the lookouts.
After visiting Stone Forest, you will move on to Danuohei Sani Village, which is 25 km away from Stone Forest. Since the locals have kept a traditional lifestyle, you can see the traditional houses of Sani people that built by stones, get in touch with the local Sani ethnic people and explore the traditional belief and religion of the local Sani people.

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Day 2: Shilin - Yuanyang

In the morning, we will drive about 300 kilometers (4.5 hours) to Yuanyang Scenic Area, one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Yunnan province. The first stop is the Bada rice terraces, from which you can get a great view over the gigantic terraced valley. Then, you will move on to the Qingkou Village. Next, you will visit Laohuzui, where you can enjoy the amazing sunset over the rice terraces if the weather permits. Because of the colorful sunset, Laohuzui is praised as a recommended stop for photographer enthusiasts.
After today's tour, you will get dropped off at your hotel.

Yuanyang Local Hotel


Day 3: Yuanyang - Jianshui
Today, you can get up very early to see the sunrise over the rice terraces at Duoyishu Village. Then, we will visit a local street market in Shengcun village. In the market, you can see many local people, especially ethnic minorities of surrounding villages, gather together to buy and sell kinds of local food and necessities during the day.
After visiting the market, we will drive about 130 kilometers to Jianshui. Before arriving at Jianshui, you will visit Tuanshan Village en route. As a world monument of architectural heritage, Tuanshan Village attracts lots of visitors from home and abroad to see the well-preserved old houses.
Afterwards, we will visit Zhu's Family Garden, one of the highlights in Jianshui Ancient Town. Then, you can head to the Confucius Temple in the town, which is the second largest Confucius Temple in China.

Jianshui Local Hotel


Day 4: Jianshui - Kunming
Before we get back to Kunming, we will visit a local tofu workshop in the morning. Since tofu is one of the most important food of this area, you can see how the locals make tofu in a traditional way.
Then, we will drive about 210 kilometers back to Kunming city. You will visit Xingmeng village en route to explore Mongolian culture in Yunnan. Upon your arrival in Kunming downtown, you will visit Yunnan Provincial Museum and Guandu Ancient Town.
After today's tour, you will get dropped off at Kunming city center or Kunming Changshui Airport according to your schedule.


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