Jinghong Hiking Tour

Jinghong02 : 10 Days Kunming - Luoping - Jianshui - Yuanyang - Kunming
Day 01: Arrival in Kunming
Arrive in Kunming and get prepared. Stay overnight at the local hotel.

Day 02: Kunming - Luoping
You can reach Luoping in about 5 hours either by train or bus from Kunming. Upon arrival, try to catch the sunset at Jinjifeng in Luoping.

Day 03: Luoping
Luoping lies in the relatively underdeveloped eastern part of the province, 228 kilometers east of Kunming, dominated by karst features with small basins among mountain ranges. Early spring, the blossoming rapeseed flowers of Luoping draws flocks of tourists and photographers. Sprawling farmland covered in golden rape stretches right up to the horizon, forming a sea of yellow buds and filling the air with the refreshing smell of spring. Besides the rapeseeds flower view, Luoping has the major sights including the Jiulong waterfall, the Duoyi River and the Lubuge Gorges.

Day 04: Luoping - Jianshui (386 kilometers)
Charter a car from Luoping to Jianshui, which takes around 7 hours at the cost of Y600.

Day 05: Jianshui
With a history dating back to the Han Dynasty, Jianshui's extensive architectural legacy bears witness to this former glory. The attractions consist of one gate, one street, 3 memorial gates ("Paifang" in Chinese), the Confucian Temple and the Zhu Family's Garden. Besides its traditional mansions, old wells and famous Confucius Temple, Jianshui is also an optional gateway to Yuanyang, which has arguably the most beautiful terrace fields in the country.

Day 06: Jianshui - Yuanyang
Set off from Jianshui to Yuanyang by an Lvchun-bound bus at noon time and arrive before 4 p.m. Yuanyang is renowned for its rice terraces, which claim as the world's largest and most spectacular one, crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. The landscape changes vividly through the year. The flooded paddies from Dec. to April create reflecting pool effect, which is a photographer's dream.

Day 07- 08: Yuanyang
Whether you can take great photos in Yuanyang really depends on the weather. A sunny day with fog in the morning and cloud in the dusk is perfect. The ideal spots for sunrise are Duoyishu and Qingkou, at least one morning for each place. Be prepared to get up early at around 5 a.m. to head for Duoyishu. It takes around one hour to travel from Xinjie Zhen to Duoyishu. Qingkou is much closer and can be arrived within 15 minutes, more attractive in a foggy morning. After the sunrise, spend your daytime to explore at least one local village. Qingkou is an enchanting Hani village with mushroom houses and local performance show. Bada and Laohuzui(Tiger Mouth) are good for sunset. Longshuba is also, but there is no vehicle to arrive, you will have to walk around 50 minutes (5km hill path) from Xinjiezhen to Longshuba.

Day 09: Yuanyang - Kunming
Take a direct bus from Yuanyang Xinjiezhen back to Kunming.

Day 10: Departure from Kunming
Leave Kunming according to your schedule.
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