Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land, centered on Huashitou Village in Dongchuan District, about 250 kilometers (155 miles) northeast of Kunming, has the most typical and special red soil on the Yunnan highlands. At an altitude of 1,800-2,000 meters (5,900-6,500 feet), the red soil is rich in iron and aluminum, giving it an amazing crimson color. The soils are interspersed with colored fields and crops, forming all kinds of patterns. Viewed from afar, the beautiful layered patterns, framed by blue sky and white clouds, look like a watercolor. Many photographers are strongly attracted by Dongchuan Red Land and come here to capture the beautiful scenery on film.

Top Sightseeing Sites along Three Visiting Routes

The best sightseeing sites of the Dongchuan Red Land are scattered, and far away from each other. Centering on Huashitou Village, they are mainly distributed around three highway lines.
Map of Dongchuan Red Land
Map of Dongchuan Red Land

Northwest Line (from south to north): Langdadi - Jinxiuyuan - Qicaipo - Damakan

Langdadi is famous for the layers of terraced fields resembling rolling waves. Jinxiuyuan and Qicaipo provide different views of the one sightseeing site. Damakan is the best place for photographers to take pictures of a wonderful sunrise. Standing on the top of the slope, you can see the red land shrouded in floating fog and a sea of clouds.

Northeast line (from south to north): Laolongshu - Luoxiagou - Yueliangtian

Laolongshu is a fir tree with an age of over 1,000 years. It withered for three years, but then sprouted again with strong vitality. Because of this, it is regarded as a patron saint of the red land by local people. Luoxiagou means Sunset Valley and is one of the best places to appreciate sunset in Dongchuan Red Land. The scenery of Luoxiagou changes from time to time according to winds, clouds, sunshine and plants. No matter where you stand, you can always view the valley from a new perspective. However, the wonderful beauty of the valley is difficult to capture by camera. Yueliangtian, 20 kilometers (12 miles) from Huashitou Village, combines layers of terraced fields and valleys. Yueliangtian, literally Moon Fields, has fields irrigated in April and May. When the sun is setting, you can view Yueliangtian from afar and find it is like the shining moon, with light reflecting from the water.

South line leading to Kunming: Yuepu'ao - Dayakou

Yuepu’ao, one km (0.6 mile) from Huashitou Village, has layers of almost vertical terrace fields like colorful musical scores. The notes are the famers working hard in the fields. Close to Yuepu’ao, Dayakou experiences beautiful sunsets with clouds bathed in red, purple and orange. Here, you can also appreciate the nearby Yuepu’ao from a different angle.

Best Time of Dongchuan Red Land Tour

Late April to early May: During this period, potato flowers blossom and wheat is ripe. The red fields are blended with green and golden yellow, like a wonderful painting.

Late August to early September: You can see rape flowers in Dongchuan blossoming everywhere. The white flowers interweave with the red soil; the mixing of colors provides a special beauty.

Middle November to December: The land is ploughed and the newly exposed soil is redder. Parts of the red land are planted with green highland barleys and wheat. When you view the lands from afar, the combination of colors is very impressive and attractive.

It is said that Dongchuan Red Land becomes most beautiful the third day after rain. The land, nourished by rain, presents the brightest colors. There is sunshine, blue sky and different-shaped clouds. The light and shade on the red land change from time to time, forming different images.

The best time to visit Luoxiagou is around 17:30. You can go to Jinxiuyuan around 18:20. Yuepu’ao faces west which makes it suitable to take pictures with front lighting around 8:00 am; the sunset here is also attractive.

Dongchuan Red Land Hotels

If you need accommodation, it is convenient to choose hotels near Huashitou Village. There are many rural inns around the village, having favorable prices of around CNY 60 - 80. Alternatively, there is the 4-star Hongtu Yingxiang Hotel which is the best one in the village. The price of one standard room is about CNY 200 - 300. The photographic studios in Huashitou Village also offer accommodation for visitors.

Note: There are a lot of tourists during Golden Week, from 1st to 7th of October, and other Chinese holidays. Please book a hotel in advance.


1. If you want to capture more wonderful pictures, it is suggested you stay here for two days; the landscape varies with weather.
2. The temperature of Dongchuan Red Land is lower than surrounding areas and sometimes there may be winds blowing. Please bring a long sleeve coat between July and October, and some thicker clothes in other months.
3. The red land is in the highlands and experiences strong ultraviolet light. You should apply sunscreen to prevent skin damage.
Admission Fee Free of charge
Opening Hours All day
Recommended Time for a Visit  One to three days

How to Get to Dongchuan Red Land from Kunming

Take bus no.23 in Kunming Railway Station and get off at the terminal station, North Bus Station. Take a bus to Fazhe Village which departs at 7:50 and 8:30. Get off at Huashitou Village.

After arriving at Huashitou Village, you need charter a car to those attractions. It costs CNY 150 – 200 one day.
- Last modified on Nov. 27, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Dongchuan Red Land
Asked by Lakmal Gunawardana from SRI LANKA | Nov. 27, 2018 08:56Reply
Is one day enough for touring around Dongchuan Red Land?
We are running short on time. If not possible is there any other place (scenic) from Kunming enough for one day.
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Answered by Vernon from AUSTRALIA | Nov. 27, 2018 22:12

To tell the truth, it is not enough to tour the red land in day and it would be very tight and tried. You are advised to spend the daytime to visit Stone Forest and then go for a walk to see the night scenery in Green Lake Park.
Asked by Corinna Bröcker from DEUTSCHLAND | Nov. 25, 2018 04:14Reply
Best place to stay overnight in the area of Kunming Dongchuan red land
Whichever place or area is recommended to stay for a night in the red land?
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Answered by David from USA | Nov. 26, 2018 00:56

You can live in Huashitou Village because it is located at the center of the scenic area and convenient to visit most attractions.
Asked by nurul from MALAYSIA | Oct. 11, 2018 19:21Reply
Hi, Its is possible if I go to Kunming Dongchuan for 1 day trip?
do you have any contact number of car rental with driver that can bring me Kunming- Dongchuan- Kunming in 1day? thank you
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Answered by Lillian from FINLAND | Oct. 12, 2018 00:31

If you hire a private car, one day is enough for sightseeing. You are advised to ask help for the hotel staff and see whether if they can find a reliable driver. Nice trip!
Asked by Regina from INDONESIA | Oct. 04, 2018 00:22Reply
is it possible for her to see the view of Dongchuan Red Land?... no need to climb?
if i go with my mom 70 yeras old
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Answered by Dana from USA | Oct. 10, 2018 19:25

Yes, it is possible and you are advised to hire a car to visit.
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