Coloured Landscapes of Yunnan – DongChuan Red Land & Yuanmou Photography Tour (5D4N)



Suitable Months:

May – June
September – November



Trip Type:

This is a photography trip Photography


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Dongchuan (东川), a rural area in the northeast of Kunming, is believed that it has the world’s most imposing red earth, even more magnificent than that in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Due to the warm and humid climate in Yunnan, the iron oxide in the soil deposited slowly through years and gradually developed an extraodinary reddish brown soil.

Dongchuan Red Land represents Yunnan mountain valley most attractive colors. It is described as “palette” whereby God knocked over his palette of heaven paint, which makes Dongchuan such a stunning masterpiece. Fiery red soil, emerald green barly, golden yellow buckwheat and snow white oil flowers against the floating clouds, ever-changing light and the dramatically blue sky make a marvelous painting, bringing not only the strong visual impact but also the banquet of soul. It is such an amazing spectacle that you can never imagine.

In this photography tour, we will also be visiting the Earth Forest (Tulin) in Yuanmou. It was formed by geological movement and soil erosion one or two million years ago. It is named for its shape like immense forest and the main composition of the expansion earth. The whole landscape of the Soil Forest in Yuanmou is mainly castle, screen, curtain and column, including the highest about 40 meters and very grand.

Abundance with picturesque scenery, Dongchuan and Yuanmou is seldom visited by general tourists. It is a paradise for photography fans!



Day 1: Arrive in Kunming – DongChuan Red Land Scenic Area

Arrive in Kunming Airport at 12:20pm and meet up with photographer guide from the DongChuan Red Land. Have lunch, then drive approximately 3 hours to the DongChuan Red Land Scenic Area, a rural place in the Wumeng Mountainous area, famous amongst Chinese photographers for its brilliant red soil, yellow buckwheats and dramatic skies. As you near this area, you will make your first stops to admire the stunning landscape around Yueliangtan. Settle into the guesthouse for the night stay.

Meals provided: Lunch, Dinner


Day 2: Dongchuan Red Land

Get up early to see the sunrise over Damakan (打马坎) village, then visit Qicaipo (Seven Color Slope, 七彩坡) and return to the hotel for a late breakfast. Head back to Jinxiu Garden (Splendid Garden) and take a leisurely 1-1.5 hour walk through the terraced fields to the Luoxiagou (Falling Clouds Ditch, 落霞沟) area. Have lunch and take a rest at the hotel. In the late afternoon visit the scenic spots around Luoxiagou area, staying on to see the sunset. As a low land encircled by hills, it stands out as the quintessential part of this area. Vivid and rich colors with the most subtle shades abound here, when coupled with the changing light, a mirage is created. Overnight at the guesthouse.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 3: DongChuan Red Land – WuDing (Lion Mountain) - YuanMou

Set out early for the 5 hour journey to Yuanmou (元谋). On the way, we will stop for lunch in Wuding and take a visit to Lion Mountain (武定狮子山) which consists of ancient temples, steep cliffs and heavily-wooded hills. After arriving in Yuanmou, visit the Yuanmou Man Archaeological Exhibition Hall. The Exhibition Hall houses a great numbers of Yuanmou Man fossils and artifacts excavated from the county. It is said that Yuanmou Man was the the earliest human being that has been found in China and indeed, all of Asia, up to now. Check into the local best hotel - Yao Dong Hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: YuanMou Stone Forest

Today we will spend a full day visiting the World Geological Wonder of the Soil Forest. The Earth Forest (Tulin, 土林) in Yuanmou is a provincial class scenic spot is made up of five areas, covering an area of 50 sq km. It was formed by geological movement and soil erosion one or two million years ago. We will set out on foot through this amazing landscape visiting and photographing the Banguo Earth Forest, Tiger Leaping Shoal Earth Forest, Wanbao Earth Forest, Xiaoleizai Earth Forest and Xinhua Earth Forest . Overnight at the Yao Dong Hotel.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: YuanMou – Kunming – Departure

This morning after breakfast, set out on the 3.5 hours drive to Kunming City for our 1:10pm flight to Singapore.

Meals provided: Breakfast
Note: Numerous factors such as weather, road conditions, the physical ability of the participants, etc., may dictate itinerary changes either before departure or while on the tour. We reserve the right to change this schedule in the interest of the trip participants’ safety, comfort and general well-being by informing the principal agent and with their approval.


Tour Price

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** Prices quoted are for LAND TOUR only. Please refer to package exclusions for more details.


  • Witness God’s palette of heaven paint of red, green, yellow, white
  • Experience spectacular sunrise over Damakan Hill
  • Shooting of sunset at scenic Luoxiagou area
  • Viewing of Yuanmou Man – believed to be the earliest human being found in Asia
  • Photographing the world geological wonder of the Earth Forest (Tulin) in Yuanmou

Package Inclusions

  • 4 nights accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary. Lunches and dinners include one soft drink or glass of beer.
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of the tour
  • Experienced Mandarin-speaking photography guide
  • Entrance Fees for: Wuding Lion Hill, Yuanmou Man Archeological Site and Museum, Yuanmou Stone Forest-Wumao and Langbatu joint ticket

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore - Kunming – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Donations to Monument, Monasteries & Museums (if any)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. Drinks, laundry, shopping and etc.)
  • Additional meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Tipping or gratitudes for driver/guide
  • Any activities or entrance fees not listed in itinerary
  • Optional tours

Flight Recommendations

Important Note: Please note that flight information is purely for information purposes. We do recommend our customers who signed up with us to take the same flight though.


Singapore to Kunming:

Silkair (MI 912) 0820hrs – 1220hrs


Kunming to Singapore:

Silkair (MI 913): 1310hrs – 1725hrs




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