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2 Days Dongchuan Red Soil Land Tour (without tour guide)

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At present there are only two buses per day serving this area, both of which are 5-6 hour journeys over bumpy, unpaved roads. Travelling by private car cuts that time down to just 3 or 4 hours, leaving much more time to explore this lesser known part of the Himalayan foothills. Although large steel platforms and boardwalks have recently been constructed for visiting photographers, there are still no buses connecting these locations and therefore, a car is essential if you want to avoid long hikes between viewing points. 

There are at least 30 hotels and guesthouses in the area but most are very simple, often with shared bathrooms and squat toilets. We recommend that our guests stay at the Shanju Hotel, the best accommodation in the area. Do not expect many of the locals to speak English. This is a minority area, and many of them even struggle with Mandarin. Even so, they are friendly, outgoing and usually quite willing to have their pictures taken. 

In the first three months of the year, many of the fields will be filled with water, while others with be displaying the first shoots of early growth. There might even be some snow which makes for a stunning contrast against the bright oxide reds. By the time spring arrives in April and May, early flowering potatoes and tobacco will add subtle hints of colour to the landscape, followed with yellow splashes of rapeseed. By the end of May, the early wheat begins to ripen, created an intoxicating blend of greens and golden yellows, bringing to mind Van Gogh’s most iconic impressionist landscapes. By June, almost everything is in full bloom, and the clear blue skies creates a captivating quilt of vibrant colours.

Once August arrives, the variety of white rapeseed begins to blossom, providing a stark contrast to the ploughed red earth. In September the fields are cut into a colorful patch work of golden buckwheat, white winter rape flower and green potato seedlings. Throughout the harvest season, large expanses of highland barley and wheat continue to ripen under the autumn sunshine. In late October/November, the savviest professional photographers begin arriving, as it is at this time when the freshly exposed soils of the recently ploughed fallow fields stand out most vividly from the last of the annual crops. Combined with the green shoots of winter wheat and late soy crop, this is perhaps the broadest spectrum of the whole year. Add to this the golden leaves along the roads and in the villages, and your friends at home will all accuse you of photoshopping every picture you show them. Not only does the scenery change throughout the year but the landscape itself is constantly altered as thick clouds roll by, bathing the fields in sunlight and shadow. Almost every minute here is a brand-new picture.

If you wish to travel even further into this off-the-beaten-track area, Jiaozi Snow Mountain is only another two hours away, where the slopes are covered with snow from October to mid-April.
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Important Information
Departure Point
The hotel you're staying inside second ring of Kunming.
Departure Time
9:00 AM
Duration
2 days
Return Details
Your hotel withing the second ring road of Kunming
Inclusions
  • Private car / van rental with skilled driver (driver doesn't speak/understand English)
  • Accommodation: one night in Red Land Villa Hotel (Shanju Hotel), two persons sharing one twin-bed room with simple Chinese breakfast
  • 2 bottles of local drinking water per person per day
  • 24/7 English-speaking customer services
  • Supplements for meals and accommodation for driver
  • Government taxes
Exclusions
  • English / Chinese-speaking tour guide service
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Flight tickets and its taxes
  • Lunch and dinners (the driver can help you find a restaurant and order food, but you will pay yourself on spot)
  • China entry visa fee (China requires visa for most travelers)
  • Tips for driver (highly appreciated)
  • Surcharges for upgrades from standard twin-bed rooms to doubled-bed rooms
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • The daily working time of your driver during this tour is maximum 10 hours per day. Overtime working hours will be charged extra.
  • Tipping drivers and tour guides is custom in China. We recommend giving 2 – 3 USD per person per day to the driver and 4 – 5 USD per person per day to your tour guide.
  • Please only bring one small and handy day pack / hand luggage per person. Larger suitcases or backpacks cannot be taken on this day trip.
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Melanie from WOY was attentive and very helpful throughout the trip arrangement. Our driver Mr Cao also tended to us with much care! All in all a great trip! Thanks for all the help! :)
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Response from WOY-Travel, Travel Consultant at 2 Days Dongchuan Red Soil Land Tour (without tour guide)
Responded 21 Oct 2018
Dear Rachel,   Thank you very much for your feedback. Dongchuan, along with the rice terraces at Yuanyang, are rapidly becoming two of our most popular tours here at Wonders of Yunnan, especially with keen amateur photographers who all love the amazing scenery. You definitely choose one of the best times of the year to visit as the colour contrasts are especially vivid in the fall. I passed on your compliments to Mr Cao, who said that he enjoyed your company very much. He is one of our best drivers and is often requested specifically by guests.  I hope that you also enjoyed your stay at the Redland Villa Hotel. This is still the best accommodation in the area, and is very relaxing compared to the big cities. Anyway, thanks again for your kind words and I hope that we can show you some more of the lesser known wonders of Yunnan next time that you are in this part of the world! Best wishes, Melanie Timmerman info@wondersofyunnan.com
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  • Duration: 2 days
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