7 Days Exotic South of Yunnan

(Stone Forest, Zhu Family Garden, Tuanshan Village, Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Hani Minority Villages)
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Tour Code: CTG-YN12

Tour Description

Exotic South of Yunnan is still virgin land for tourists, do not forget to bring your camera in these 7 days. This tour begins at Spring City – Kunming, experience the Jianshui's Zhu's Family Garden and Confucius Temple, and then explore Yuanyang Terrace which featured world's largest rice terrace.

Explore the old Tuanshan Village, Gem of Chinese Civil Houses

Visit the unique man-made miracle - Yuanyang Rice Terraces

Experience distinctive ethnic custom and lifestyle in Hani Minority Villages.

Day 1 Arrive in Kunming - Free time
Today's Activities

Arrive in Kunming, the Spring City of China. Meet your guide at the airport and transfer to the featured hotel to check in. If time is available, you can visit Kunming's landscape - Green Lake Park, the vibrant Flowers and Birds Market, and Kunming's symbol building - Golden Horse & Green Phoenix Archway. Overnight at the hotel in Kunming.

 green lake park  phoenix archway flowers and birds market          
Green Lake Park Phoenix Archway Flowers and Birds Market          
Day 2 Kunming - Mile via Stone Forest (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

In the early morning we take you to visit the World Geopark - Yunnan Stone Forest, which is one of most remarkable natural phenomena of China. You will wonder at the innumerable bizarre-shaped ancient limestone cliffs and peaks, which is created by wind and water erosion some 270 million years ago.


After lunch you will travel southwards to the famous hot spring spa resort Mile, which is known as "the Kingdom of Hot Spring", "the Kingdom of Tobacco" and "Eden of Plateau Grape". This evening, you will have plenty of time to luxuriate in hot spring bath at open-air mountain spa resort.

 yunnan stone forest minority performance in stone forest mile hotspring          
Yunnan Stone Forest Minority performance in Stone Forest Mile hotspring resort          
Day 3 Mile - Jianshui (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

After a leisurely breakfast inside the resort, you will visit the Mile Vineyards to taste the latest wine.Then drive to Jianshui. After lunch you will begin your sightseeing of Jianshui by visiting the very famous Zhu Family Garden, which is built in the end of Qing Dynasty. In this grand complex of civilian houses, you could enjoy the style of local residential buildings. The next attraction is Jianshui Confucian Temple. It is the biggest and best-preserved Confucius relic in China after the temple in Qufu, Shandong province. The evening is free for you to stroll leisurely in the old town.

layout of zhu's family garden  delicate caving in zhu family garden jianshui confucian temple          
Layout of Zhu Family Garden Delicate carving in Zhu Family Garden Jianshui Confucian Temple          
Day 4 Jianshui - Yuanyang (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

In early morning a thrilling excursion to the western outskirt of Jianshui town to explore Tuanshan Village. Built more than 600 years ago, Tuanshan Village is famed for its Han style residential complexes. When you strool in the village, it feels like travelling to another China. Small, cobbled lanes and old women with bound feet blend will leave you with impressions of timelessness, art and architecture. On the way back, visit Double-Dragon Bridge. Having appreciated the 400-year-old bridge known for elegant pavilion style and 17 bridge openings, you can't help marveling at the great architectural aesthetics of Chinese people in ancient times. After lunch, drive to Yuanyang New Town. On half way you can see Red River Valley. It will charm your eyes and the moisture in the air makes you fresh from head to toe. Upon arrive in Yuanyang, go to see terrace fields. The great terraces in sunset are so marvelous!

couryard of an old house in tuanshan  double dragon bridge local people in tuanshan village          
Courtyard of an old house in Tuanshan Double Dragon Bridge Local people in Tuanshan Village          
Day 5 Yuanyang (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

From November to April, the second year, you will keep being dazzled by the glowing water-logged Yuanyang Rice Terraces, which is immersed with water for rice transplanting. The 3 most-famous rice terraces zones you’re to visit are DuoyishuBada and Tiger Mouth Pass. Duoyishu is the best spot for sunrise view while the latter two are perfect for sunset spectacle. 


At dawn you will get to Duoyishu Village to have a grand view of the rice terrace in sunrise. Then cross a bustling morning market of local ethnic minority at Shengcun Village to reach the Bada Mountain, where you can appreciate the breathtaking steep terraces on the commanding point. Later go to Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village. You’ll meet with the lovely mushroom houses Hani people build, colorful ethnic garment of Hani women and their favorite food. It’s an eye-opening experience.  In the afternoon, drive to Tiger Mouth Pass. Under the rays of sunset, everything turns to gold, while the panorama of the terraces below is unsurpassable.

sunrise in qingkou hani village yuanyang terraces in mist morning market at shengcun village          
Sunrise in Qingkou Hani Village Yuanyang terraces in mist Morning market at Shengcun Village          
Day 6 Yuanyang - Kunming (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities

After enjoying a breezy good time for breakfast in the hotel, transfer back to Kunming. There are charming landscape alongside on the way back to Kunming. You may pass Kunming Ethnic Village and Dianchi Lake by. Just keep in good mood and feast on all these beautiful sceneries.

kunming ethnic village  dianchi lake puer tea          
Kunming Ethnic Village Dianchi Lake Puer tea          
Day 7 Depart Kunming (Breakfast)
Today's Activities After breakfast, transfer to airport for your departure flight. Say goodbye to spring city and fly to your next destination.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Tour Guide: a local experienced English-speaking guide Hotel: accommodation in mentioned cities
Meals: 6 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 5 lunches and 5 dinners Admissions: Entrance fee to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Vehicle: a private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers Car Driver: an experienced licensed driver;
Water & Tissues: free purified water and tissues offered per day Luggage Transfers: a hand for your heavy luggage;
Insurance: Travel Agencies Liability Insurance; Government taxes & Service charges
Tour Package Excludes:
- Other optional tours / meals / flights not mentioned in itinerary; - Tips for tour guides and drivers.
Hotels in Kunming
Green Lake Hotel
Situated in the heart of Kunming's business, finance and culture district, perfectly located for business and leisure traveller, Green Lake Hotel is just a minute's walk to Green Lake Park, the eye of Kunming. The Green Lake Hotel is centrally located just minutes from the city's cultural spots, government offices, convention centers, 15 minutes from Kunming International Airport.
Kunming Hotel
Kunming Hotel is located in the commercial and shopping district. With many famous department stores nearby, the hotel is one of Kunming's most cosmopolitan areas. The location makes it very convenient to get to and from the railway station and the airport (only 5 and 7 kilometers respectively). The hotel has 400 guest rooms, including standard single room, executive room, standard room, business room, and so on.
Kunming Fairyland Hotel (Dongfeng Square)
Fairyland Dongfeng Square Hotel is located on Beijing Road in the Panlong district of Kunming. It is close to Nanping Pedestrian Street, Jinma Biji Archway and the Thailand Consulate, and about 6 kilometers from Wujiaba International Airport. Opened in 2011, the 7-story hotel features 108 guest rooms and suites, equipped with LCD cable televisions, internet access and climate control.
Hotels in Mile
Lake & Hot Spring Resort Mile (Building C)
Located on the Spring Road of Mile County, Lake and Hot Spring Resort Mile serves both tourists and business travelers with comprehensive modern service and beautiful natural scenery. Its specialty is the Hanging Gardens with unlimited scenery.
Lake & Hot Spring Resort Mile (Building D)
Located on the Spring Road of Mile County, Lake and Hot Spring Resort Mile is serves both tourists and business travelers with comprehensive modern service. With a total of 83 comfortable rooms, the hotel is connected with the spa center and the restaurant. The warm and elegant decoration will gain you a comfortable holiday.
Hotels in Jianshui
Zhu's Family Garden
At Zhu Family Garden Hotel in Yunnan, China you will discover your own Shangri-La... a distant and secluded hideaway of great beauty and peacefulness. A remote paradise on earth where harmony reigns, where the gods walk among the people, and where man and nature embrace.
Jianshui Hotel
The hotel is located in the financial and cultural center of Jianshui. There are many department stores near the hotel. Transpoctation is convernient and the environment is excellent. There are 111 comfortable rooms, Chinese restaurant, tea house and coffee bar in the hotel.
Hotel in Yuanyang
Yunti Hotel
Yunti Hotel comes as the first choice of economical hotels in Yuanyang. It provides the guests with all-around facilities and service at relatively low prices. Apart from center of Hani folk, the hotel still has access to one-stop shopping mall and recreational programmes. Moreover, located at the highest spot in Yuanyang, the hotel gives a marvelous view of the ancient town. Concerning all the advantages mentioned above, Yunti Hotel is definately the best hotel in Yuanyang meeting multiple needs.

Meals in the Package

Meals as mentioned in the itinerary include 6 breakfasts provided by the hotel, 5 lunches and 5 dinners.
You can just feel free to make dinner arrangements as per your personal taste.

We promise worry-free dining quality, plus flexible choices regarding your preference. Any special requestment please tell our trip advisors directly. Other recommendations are as follow:


The variety of Kunming cuisine never fails to satisfy hungry travelers. It really is a "crossroads" featuring dishes from all over Yunnan. The feature of Kunming cuisine is a perfect blend of sour and spicy flavors, made from the minority 's century-old traditional recipes.

Steaming-Pot Chicken Kunming Bittern Duck
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