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3-Day To Yuanyang and Jianshui

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What to Expect
Day 1 – Kunming – Yuanyang

At 9 am your tour guide and driver will pick you up in Kunming and drive about 6 hours (380 km) to one of the most spectacular sceneries in the world, the Yuanyang Scenic Area. It is a big area, with stunning rice terraces spread between several small villages. We will first visit the Bada Rice Terraces, the biggest of all the rice terraces in Yuanyang area, that covers the entire valley like a colorful carpet. Tucked away in this valley also lies Qingkou Village, a typical Hani minority hamlet with ‘mushroom houses’, where primal country life still exists and where forest, village, watering system and fields created a unique working ecosystem. In the evening, we go to Laohuzui, or translated ‘Tiger Mouth’ and see the vivid and iridescent reflections on the water during sunset, her colors changing like a kaleidoscope. 

Meals: B/L

Overnight in Yuanyang Yun’ti Hotel in Sheng Village or similar

Day 2 – Yuanyang – Jianshui

Get up early and drive through the early twilight hours to Duoyishu Village to find the best place in the area to see the golden sun rise over the mountains and shine her pink and azure light on the shimmering water of the rice paddies. Then the mystic sea of clouds silently approaches and slowly covers the villages and fields. Visit Sheng Village an important trade center where the locals from the villages come to trade wares. Then we drive to Jianshui (3.5 hour, 130 km). On the way we will stop over at Tuanshan Village. If you want an idea of how the rich Chinese used to live a few centuries ago, this Qing-dynasty village is the place to visit. Grand houses with courtyards were built by villagers who earned money from trade made possible by the Yunnan-Vietnam railroad. Then we'll go to Jianshui, where many Ming-dynasty buildings are still intact. Visit the 20.000 square meter Zhu Family Garden, a private complex that was built over 30 years in the late Qing dynasty (1644-1911) by the influential Zhu brothers. The brothers earned their wealth by trading in everything possible from tin to opium until they eventually fell victim to the political chaos in 1911. 

Meals: B/L

Overnight in Jianshui Tongxin Hotel or similar

Day 3 - Jianshui – Kunming

After breakfast we will visit a local tofu workshop (about 30 minutes) as tofu is one of the most important foods of the area. See how they still produce this local product the traditional way, from sweet water from an old well, and have a try at it yourself. Afterwards we visit the Confucius Temple. Built in 1285 and astoundingly well preserved, this temple is a precious architectural and cultural relic. The temple is still used for sacred sacrifice rituals to show respect to Confucius. Then we will go back to Kunming (about 210 km, 3.5 hours) where your tour will end.

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Important Information
Departure Point
Visitor's hotel within second ring road of Kunming
Departure Time
Gathering Time: from 8:30 am to 9:00 am

Start Time: 9:00 am

3 days
Return Details
Tour ends at Kunming
  • Private car / van rental with skilled driver
  • English / Chinese-speaking tour guide service
  • Centrally located hotels with simple Chinese breakfast (two persons sharing one twin-bed room)
  • Quality Chinese meals as listed, 3 Chinese meals including one soft drink per person per meal
  • 1 bottle of local drinking water per person per day
  • 24/7 English-speaking customer services
  • Supplements for meals and accommodation for driver
  • Government taxes
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Flight tickets and its taxes
  • Chinese visa (China requires visa for most travelers)
  • Tips for the driver and tour guide (highly appreciated)
  • Surcharges for upgrades from standard twin-bed rooms to doubled-bed rooms
  • Single room supplement
  • Meals not listed in the program (2 dinners: day 1 & day 2)
  • Destinations not listed in the program
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants
  • A maximum of 8 people per bookingThe daily working time for driver and tour guide 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.
  • 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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We were group of 9 people visiting rice terraces of Yuanyuang and Jianshui old town in 4 days (3 nights). Hiking on the trail amongst the terraces was our highlight. Our guide Vivien was very knowledgable and interesting, she shared very interesting stories about the area but
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Response from WOY-Travel, Public Relations Manager at 3-Day To Yuanyang and Jianshui
Responded 1 Jan 2020
Dear Natasa, Glad to hear that you had a nice time in Yuanyang and Jianshui. And thank you for your recommendation, much appreciated! Vivian is one of our best tour guides. She is very patient and knowledgeable about Yunnan culture. I also shared your words with her. Thank you again for choosing us for your group trip. Hope we can provide our best service for you next time when you plan to visit China. We are happy to help! Best Regards, Kaylee
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My husband was going to a conference in Kunming and we decided to go a day early and stay on three days to tour the area. As this was our first time in Asia, we contacted Wonders of Yunnan. Kaylee responded quickly and her emails were always crystal clear. We told her our
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Response from WOY-Travel, Travel Consultant at 3-Day To Yuanyang and Jianshui
Responded 28 Sep 2019
Dear Carol, Thank you for your detailed review and recommendation, highly appreciated! I was happy that you had a nice trip in Yunnan, it was my pleasure to arrange a satisfying trip for you. John is one of our best English speaking tour guides in Kunming, who can even drive his own car to guide the trip. He is very familiar with attractions in Kunming, Jianshui and Yuanyang, especially Jianshui and Yuanyang, as he is from that area. He has a lot of knowledge about the culture and history in Yunnan and we always get positive feedback about his tour guide services. I will forward your kind words with him. Thank you again for choosing Wonders of Yunnan. We are looking forward to welcoming you again in Yunnan. I would love to show you more beautiful places in Yunnan such as the Old Towns of Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-La and the minority villages around them. Or next time you can visit Dongchuan Red Lands or if you come in February you can see the yellow rapeseed flower fields in Luoping. Welcome you to China again! Best Regards, Kaylee Ke info@wondersofyunnan.com
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