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9 Days Photography China Tour

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Tour Code: CTG-42

Tour Description

It is a journey for sightseeing and photography in the South China. You will dip yourself in all the amazing sights and experiences, from iconic landmarks to must-try eats, from flourishing cities to primitive ethnic villages, the most charming of which is a series of stunning terraces, unceasingly tempting you to lift up your camera.

Enjoy a leisure night cruise along the beautiful Pearl River in Guangzhou.

Have a taste of Yunnan featured dish, and the unique red wine produced in Yunnan Red Wine Village.

Indulge yourself in the spectacular views of sunrise, sunset and sea of clouds on the extensive terraces.

Day 1 Arrive in Guangzhou
Today's Activities Upon arrival in Guangzhou, you are picked up at airport and transferred to the hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free at your proposal. You can stay in hotel to remove the tiredness or wander around the nearby street to get acquaintance with this prosperous city.
Day 2 Guangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Today's Activities Morning hit Guangzhou for sights such as Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall built for the memory of the Founding Father of China - Dr. Sun Yat-Sen, and Museum of Nanyue King, the oldest and largest tomb of Han Dynasty with the most funerary objects in South China, as well as Liurong Temple which boasts a very impressive 17 story pagoda - Flower Pagoda.

After lunch, visit Lichy Bay, where you can trace the history of Guangzhou by observing the traditional architectures of ancient styles. Then tour Zhujiang New Town to appreciate the impressive Huacheng Square and the ecological Haixinsha Island. What’s more, you can view and take some photos of the unique constructions of the stunning Guangzhou Opera House and Canton Tower.

In the evening, enjoy a memorable Pearl River Night Cruise to catch a glimpse of the spectacular night view along Pearl River, and to have a taste of a buffet dinner.
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Pearl River Night Cruise Canton Tower          
Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall Pearl River Night Cruise Canton Tower at Pearl River          
Day 3 Guangzhou - Kunming (Breakfast) transfer by air
Today's Activities Take the flight to Kunming from Guangzhou. After pick-up at airport, you are transferred to the hotel for a short break. Then you can take a leisure stroll around the vibrant Flower & Bird Market, an excellent place full of exotic species of flowers and animals, plus jewels, antiques, ancient coins, and the distinctive art crafts, etc. Guo Qiao Rice Noodles, the most famous dish in Kumming, is suggested for you.
Flower & Bird Market Flower & Bird Market Kunming Guo Qiao Rice Noodles          
The Flowers in Flower & Bird Market Flower & Bird Market Guo Qiao Rice Noodles          
Day 4 Kunming - Mile (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Morning drive about 1.5 hours to the World Geopark - Stone Forest with enchanting limestone, believed to be formed 270 million years ago. Enjoy a 2.5-hour tour to discover this nature wonder full of countless puzzle-like labyrinths and intricate stone formations.

Mile is your next stop of this day tour, known as "the Kingdom of Hot Spring", "the Kingdom of Tobacco" and "Eden of Plateau Grape", where there are lots of superior carbonate water hot springs distributed throughout the area. Head to Mile Spa Resort and stay overnight there.
Stone Forest Stone Forest Mile Hot Spring          
Stone Forest Minority Performace in Stone Forest Hot Spring in Mile          
Day 5 Mile - Jianshui (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities Start this day tour from Yunnan Red Wine Village, where you can know about the colorful wine culture and have a taste of the delicious red wine. Then it’s time to head to Jianshui ancient town which remains generously historical and cultural relics such as numerous age-old civil residences and well-preserved ancient buildings.

After lunch, visit Zhu’s Family Garden. to catch a glimpse of the characteristic residential buildings in local architectural style built in the end of Qing Dynasty. Confucian Temple, the biggest & best-preserved Confucius relic in China, is also on your visit-list. Stay overnight in Jianshui town.
Zhu’s Family Garden Zhu’s Family Garden >Confucian Temple          
Carvings in Zhu’s Family Garden Old Well of Zhu’s Family Garden Arch of Confucian Temple          
Day 6 Jianshui - Yuanyang (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities The first stop of this day is Tuanshan Village, home to 15 well-preserved traditional civil houses of Han nationality and 6 temples or joss houses which were built at the end of the Qing Dynasty.

Afternoon drive about 2 hours to Yuanyang County, featuring its unparalleled terrace fields which were considered a unique man-made miracle on the earth. Transfer to Tiger Mouth Pass to appreciate and take pictures of the spectacular sunset view Tiger Mouth Terrace, the largest and most magnificent terrace in Yuanyang. It is a very good position from where you can overlook the extensive view of terraces. Under the sunshine, everything is sparkling and changing in different colors. Later turn back to the hotel in Yuanyang.

Travel Tips The best time to take photos is after 4pm. There is a gazebo along the National Road 214, on which you could see the seemingly endless terraces weave across the mountains and valleys. You can walk down along the ridges in the fields to photograph the different faces and angles of it.
Tuanshan Village Tuanshan Village Yuanyang Terrace          
Featured Architectures in Tuanshan Village Eave of Buildings in Tuanshan Village Tiger Mouth Terrace          
Day 7 Yuanyang (Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's Activities Wake up early this morning and head to Duoyishu Terrace to take in the beauty of the most breathtaking sunrise view in Yuanyang. Use your camera to record this dynamic scenic painting at dawn drawn by nature. After lunchtime continue your photography tour to Bada Terrace and turn back to the hotel later.

Travel Tips The best time to take photos is after 4pm. There is a gazebo along the National Road 214, on which you could see the seemingly endless terraces weave across the mountains and valleys. You can walk down along the ridges in the fields to photograph the different faces and angles of it.
Yuanyang Terrace Yuanyang Terrace Yuanyang Terrace          
Extensive Sea of Clouds on Terrace Farmer Walking through Terrace Terrace Changing in Colors          
Day 8 Yuanyang - Kunming (Breakfast, Lunch) transfer by vehicle
Today's Activities This day is highlighted by a visit to Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village inhabited by Hani People. Get a sense of natural beauty and unique customs, and record the primitive earthen buildings and daily life of locals by means of your camera. Appreciate the charming landscapes alongside on the way back to Kumming and spend your nightlife there.

Travel Tips Surrounded by layers of terraces, Hani Ethnic Village offers very spectacular panoramic and perspective views for photography lovers, which can be shot near the National Road 214. Enter the village to take photos of mushroom houses and Hani customs. You can appreciate the distinctive shows of Hani People in the square, if lucky.
Lake in Master of the Nets Garden Hani Ethnic Village Hani Ethnic Village          
Panoramic View of Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village Mushroom Houses in Village Hani Children in Market          
Day 9 Kumming Departure (Breakfast)
Today's Activities Enjoy a breezy good time for breakfast at hotel in the morning, we’ll see you off at Kunming airport, crowning your tour in China.
Package Details
Tour Package Includes:
Dining: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 1 dinner Admissions: Entrance fees to all scenic spots listed in itinerary
Flight Ticket: Guangzhou - Kumming Hotels: Accommodation in Guangzhou, Kumming, Jianshui, Yuanyang
Tour Guide: Local experienced English-speaking guides Car Driver: Experienced licensed drivers
Vehicle: Private air-conditioned car, offering Round-trip transfers 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 Guangzhou
Ramada Plaza Guangzhou
Ramada Plaza Guangzhou is a 5-star hotel in Guangzhou and a favorite choice among travelers worldwide. The Ramada Plaza Hotel is known for its superior accommodations, spectacular views, spacious rooms and unparalleled service. The hotel consists of 326 beautifully appointed guestrooms and parlor suites with wireless Internet access, plasma TV, mini-bar, in-house broadband Internet access, Satellite TV and safe deposit box.
President Hotel Guangzhou
Newly renovated, President Hotel is a comfortable downtown hotel with super location with easy access to Pazhou Complex, airport and shopping centers: about 15 minutes by car to the Canton Fair Pazhou Complex and 10 minutes to Guangzhou East Railway Station (Guangzhou-Kowloon Railway Station). And 40 minutes to Baiyun International Airport with the airport express having a stop at the hotel.The hotel has 230 rooms, all of which are cozy, comfortable, and elegantly decorated.
Colorful Days Hotel Guangzhou
Colorful Days Hotel Guangzhou enjoys a prime location. It is only 5 minutes walking distance to metro station, and takes only 15 minutes by car to Canton Fair Pazhou Complex, 6 minutes to East railway station, 40 minutes to Baiyun international airport. Nearby bar street and exotic restaurants are there for your relaxation and enjoyment during your stay.
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 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.
Hotels 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 8 breakfasts and 7 lunches.

-- Breakfasts are offered by the hotels
-- Lunches are arranged according to different classes of tour
-- Dinners are for your own arrangement, except the second day of tour

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:


Guangzhou is honored as "the paradise of food" in China. Cantonese food is served everywhere in the city. It is one of the eight cuisines in China. Other cuisines like Sichuan Cuisine, Hunan cuisine, Shandong Cuisine can also easily be found in Guangzhou.
-- Cantonese Cuisine: Comparing with other Chinese cuisines, Guangzhou dishes use few thick spicy dressings in order to keep from masking the original taste of the food.
-- Some representative dishes are Roast Suckling Pig, Wenchang Braised Chicken, Salt roasted chicken, and Kylin Weever.

Steamed Pork Dumplings Kylin Weever


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
Your Add On:


Dear Nancy,

Thank you. Everything is working out perfect so far. Your guides are very nice and the program fine.

Customer:Ms. Biil

Destinations: Beijing - Xi'an - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise - Yichang - Kunming - Shanghai

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Dear Sara,

Just a quick note, now that I am back at work, to thank you for all your help in arranging our transfers and our days outing in Guangzhou – it was truly a memorable visit [although I, personally, do not miss the heat or the humidity!]

You were an excellent guide and helped in our enjoyment of the day both with your lovely personality, your knowledge and your command of English – which made this all so much easier for Sari and I.

Very best regards,

Customer:Ms. Collins

Destinations: Guangzhou

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