Yuanyang Hani Rice Terraces & Long Table Banquet (6D5N)


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Yuanyang (元阳) rice terraces, located on the southern slopes of Ailao Mountain in Yuanyang County (part of Honghe Hani Autonomous Prefecture) and located in the south of Yunnan Province has been a masterpiece of the ingenuity of the Hani people for generations.

Claimed to be the world’s largest and most spectacular one, the rice terraces are crafted out by bare hands by the Hani people one thousand years ago and is still in use today. Yuanyang Rice Terrace is a self-sustaining ecosystem. During winter to early spring, the entire field is irrigated with spring water from the forest above to rejuvenate and getting prepared for the next season. The Hani people have repeated this for more than a thousand years.

In this photography trip, you will put your photography skills to good use as we venture into Yuanyang three major scenic areas: shooting areas: Duoyishu scenic area, Bada scenic area and Laohuzui (the Tiger Mouth) scenic area. So many terraces set among vast forests, topped by an ocean of clouds create a magical, magnificent view.

We will end off the trip by taking part in the Long Table Banquet in Lüchun where more than 300 families in the village would present banquet of 300-odd tables. Villagers and tourists from other places may sit down to taste Hani food while enjoying songs and dances by the Hani people, men and women, elderly and young.

Photography with food, there is no better combination! Come, join us on this life-time experience trip where you will be rewarded with great fun.



Day 1: Arrive in Kunming (昆明) – Transfer to Jianshui (建水)Jianshui (建水) town

  • Pick up from Kunming (昆明) Changshui International Airport by your guide and transfer directly to Jianshui (建水). It is a 4 hours ride.
  • Check in to Lin’an Kezhan (临安客栈) for your overnight stay.

Meals provided: Dinner

Stay: Lin’an Kezhan (临安客栈) or similar


Day 2: Jianshui (建水) – Yuanyang (元阳)

  • Bada (坝达) TerracesMorning after breakfast, set out on the 4 hours’ drive to Duoyishu (多依树), deep in the heart of the Yuanyang Rice Terraces.
  • Stop for lunch in Xinjie (新街) Town.
  • After lunch, visit Qingkou Hani Village (箐口哈尼族村) which is famous for its mushroom-roofted houses.
  • Settle into Xianrenju Guesthouse in Shengcun Village (盛村) and have some free time to explore Duoyishu Village and the surrounding area.
  • Set off around 5:30pm to visit the Bada (坝达) Terraces for sunset photography.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stay: Xianrenju Guesthouse or similar


Day 3: Yuanyang – Lüchun (绿春)Duoyishu (多依树)

  • We rise very early this morning to see the sunrise at Duoyishu Village. **starting time may change according to weather.
  • After the shoot, back to guesthouse for breakfast.
  • Thereafter, take a 2 hour hike through the Rice Terraces this morning visiting the small villages of Aichun (爱春村) and Gainiang to the east of Duoyishu.
  • Have lunch in Mayaozhai Hani Village with a local family and listen to their folk singing.
  • Laohuzui rice terracesContinue on to the Laohuzui (老虎嘴) Rice Terraces for afternoon photography.
  • Drive 2.5 hours to Lüchun (绿春) in the early evening and overnight.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stay: Wenhui Jiudian or similar




Day 4: Lüchun – Long Table Banquet (长街宴)Long Table Banquet (长街宴)

  • Enjoy a long overdue sleep in this morning then rise refreshed and ready to join in the festivities of the Long Table Banquet (长街宴), a festival held annually in Yunnan which signals the beginning of the New Year for the local Hani people.
  • During the banquet, each family in the village will prepare the meal for one table.
  • It is considered a great honor to the family hosting the table if you sit down to enjoy their food and beverages. The men are always sat at the head of the tables while the women sit at the foot of the tables.
  • Long Table Banquet (长街宴)The tables are placed end to end with no gap permitted between them, stretching over hundreds of metres in length with the first table called the ‘dragon head’ while the last table is called the ‘dragon tail’.
  • Enjoy the festivities late into the night.
  • Overnight in Lüchun.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stay: Wenhui Jiudian or similar


Day 5: Lüchun – Jianshui

  • Zhu Family Garden (朱家花园)After breakfast, drive 4.5 hours from Lüchun back to Jianshui.
  • Arrive in the mid-afternoon at Zhu Family Garden Inn. We have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy the grounds of the Zhu Family Garden (朱家花园), an expansive Qing dynasty residence with 214 rooms and 42 yards and visit the Confucius Temple.
  • After dinner, climb the Chaoyang (朝阳) Archway to enjoy some local folk singing. Built in 1389AD, it stands in the center of city as the symbol of this ancient military town in the southeast border and an emblem of Jianshui, a historic and cultural city. Its significance to Jianshui is the same as that of Tiananmen to Beijing.
  • Overnight in Jianshui.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Stay: Lin’an Kezhan (临安客栈) or similar


Day 6: Jianshui – Kunming Airport – Departure

  • Set out early (around 8am) on the 4 hour drive to Kunming Airport.
  • Check in for your mid-afternoon flight and have a final lunch at the airport.
  • Free time until flight time, bringing back nice memories of Yuanyang that can last for a long time.

Meals provided: Breakfast, Lunch


**Shooting sunrise and sunset depends largely on actual weather condition. Starting and ending time for each day will vary accordingly. Shoot with an open heart.


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

Please contact us for pricing.

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


  • Enjoy spectacular sunrise and sunset over irrigated Hani-sculptured rice terraces at Yuanyang
  • Best vantage point in Yuanyang for sunrise viewing – the hills behind Duoyishu village
  • Shooting of sunset at Bada terraces
  • Viewing of mushroom-roofed houses at QingKou Hani village
  • Trek through rice terraces in the morning (but be careful, rice terrace paths can be quite slippery)
  • Experience lunch with local Hani village family
  • Join in the fun at the festivities of the Long Table Banquet

Package Inclusions

  • 5 nights’ accommodation based on Twin/Double sharing room
  • Meals as mentioned in above itinerary
  • Transportation by private, air-conditioned vehicle for the duration of the tour
  • Experienced Mandarin-speaking photography guide
  • Entrance Fees for: Yuanyang Rice Terraces, Zhu Family Garden, Chaoyang Arch

Package Exclusions

  • International airfare (Singapore – Kunming – Singapore) and airport tax
  • Visa fee (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not mentioned in above itinerary
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, mineral water, liquors, laundry, shopping, cigarettes, telephone calls and etc.)
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay / cancellation / hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities or any emergency evacuation expenses
  • Tips or gratuities to driver/guide/fisherman
  • Optional tours and activities

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 915) 1555hrs – 2000hrs




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