2 Days Yunnan Dongchuan Red Soil Land Tour
|Tour Length & Outline:|
|2 Days & 1 Night|
Kunming - Dongchuan (1N) - Kunming
|Best Time to Visit:|
|Best from mid-May to early June, and mid-October to November for a photography tour.|
|Very leisure tour; zero physical demand|
Dongchuan Red Land in Luoxiagou Valley
Stunning Sunrise over Dongchuan Red Land
Comparable with the red land in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Dongchuan Red Soil is regarded as one of the most marvelous red land in the world. As the most typical red soil in Yunnan highland, Dongchuan Red Soil offers you stunning landscapes of land in deep red, green and orange spreading over thousands of mountains and hills.
This trip will take you to have a look at the red soil in Dongchuan and appreciate the colorful picture drawn by nature as well as the local famers. Not only look at the red land from a distance, but closely explore the red land in Dongchuan, you will deeply impressed by its natural beauty.
- Visit Dongchuan Red Soil, the most typical red soil in Yunnan;
- Witness marvelous sunrise and sunset in colorful Landscape.
Day 1: Kunming - Dongchuan
Enjoy the Landscape of Dongchuan Red Soil in Luoxia Valley
See How the Locals living on the Red Land in Dongchuan
In the morning, your tour guide will pick you up from your hotel in Kunming city. You will be invited to a Yunnan Pu’er Tea Ceremony before heading to Dongchuan. Pu’er Tea is one of the most popular teas in China. During the Pu’er Tea Ceremony, you will not only taste the local Pu’er tea, but also learn more about the tea culture of China and the history of the Ancient Tea Horse Road. Also, it is a good idea to take some Pu’er tea, a symbol of Yunnan province, with you as gifts for your family and friends.
After the tea ceremony, you will take a 2.5 to 3 hours’ drive to Dongchuan Red Soil area, which is about 180 kilometers away from Kunming city. Before arriving at Red Land area, you will have a rich lunch en route.
Then you will pass Luoxiagou Valley and enjoy sensational views of the local small villages and farmlands surrounded by red land. What makes it more spectacular is the sunset in the evening. For photography enthusiasts, there are endless opportunities to photograph the stunning views of this red land.
Finally, we will enjoy a typical local dinner and stay overnight in Dongchuan.
- Drive about 180 km from Kunming to Dongchan
- Altitude: Dongchuan (1244m), Red Land (1800-2600m)
- Donchuan Local Hotel
- Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Dongchuan - Kunming
Sunrise over Dongchuan Red Land
You will get up early in the morning to appreciate the sunrise over Dongchuan Red Soil Land. All of the hills and fields appear in difference kinds of red colors. Then, we can watch local peasants doing their farm work.
After lunch, we will drive back to your hotel in Kunming.
- Drive 180km back to Kunming from Dongchuan
- Altitude: Dongchuan (1244m), Red Land (1800-2600m)
- Lunch, Dinner
Price Details & Guide
- Private car / van rental with skilled driver;
- Lodging: one night in Dongchuan located hotel (as per chosen category, 2 persons share one twin-bed room) with breakfast;
- Private experienced English-speaking tour guide;
- Entrance ticket fees for all the sight spots listed in the itinerary;
- Meals: authentic Chinese meals as listed (1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner);
- Supplements for meals and accommodations for tour guide and driver;
- 24/7 English-speaking customer services;
- Government taxes.
- International and domestic flight/train to Kunming (Note: we accept the domestic flight/train tickets booking to Kunming from other cities in advance, check the updated ticket availibility and cost with your travel consultant);
- China entry visa fee (China requires visa for most travelers);
- Personal Travel Accident Insurance;
- Tips and gratuities for the trip leader and driver;
- The expense of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, laundry, phone call, etc;
- Optional activities and excursions not specified in the itinerary;
- Surcharges for upgrades from standard twin-bed rooms to doubled-bed rooms.
Optional Extension Tour:
Xiaoshuijing (Small Well) is the biggest Miao village in Kunming Prefecture. Located 40 kilometers away from Kunming city, it is on the way to Jiaozi Snow Mountain and Dongchuan Red Land. At an elevation of 2380 meters, Xiaoshuijing can be easy accessed by a village road and takes about 1 hour from Kunming by car. All of the residents there are Christian Miao minority. With less than 500 people live in, the small village is a good place to see how the Chinese ethnic group culture mixed with Christian believes. There is a comparatively big church in the village with a choir that sings beautifully (starts at 12:00 on every Sunday). The Miao people living there have their own instruments, and their songs and dances are well established traditionally with simple and adorned social customs. The exact date of the events depends on the festival calendar of Miao minority and Christian feasts, please contact us for details.
Detour surcharge: US$ 50 / per person
2-day Hiking on the Jiaozi Snow Mountain - Located 188 kilometers north of Kunming downtown area, Jiaozi Snow Mountain, in Luquan Yi and Miao Autonomous County sat the northem end of Kunming Prefecture, is the closest snow mountain to Kunming city. The highest peak of Jiaozi Snow Mountain is 4247 meters above the sea level. You can take a 2-day high on the Jiaozi Snow Mountain.
Please note: Above mentioned prices are valid during off season only. If you plan to travel during high travel season as below, a surcharge of 20% will be charged due to higher costs.
1) Chinese Golden Week (1st - 7th October),
2) Spring Festival (usually January or February),
3) Labor Day (1st - 3rd May) and
4) Summer holidays (1st July - 31st August)
Once we receive your tour deposit, which is followed by signing the contract, your reservation is secured with legitimacy. Our staff will reserve the accommodation, vehicle, site tickets, meals and more, and pay the deposit for our suppliers. So if you want to alter to another itinerary, you need to cover the deposit we've paid, while no service charge is needed if you make some changes on the itinerary you booked.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel the tour because of your personal issues, you will be liable to pay cancellation charges that are bounded by 3rdpoletour.com cancellation policy as follows:
1.) If you cancel the tour more than 30 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 10% of the total land cost per person;
2.) If you cancel the tour 15-30 days prior to your trip start date, 20% of your total land tour cost will be forfeited as a cancellation fee.
3.) If you cancel the tour 7-15 days before the trip starts, you will forfeit 30% of land cost.
4.) If you cancel the tour 7 days prior to your tour start date, you will forfeit 50% of land cost.
5.) If you fail to show up or cancel at your scheduled arrival time without prior notice or later than that, you will forfeit 100% of the land cost.
If the tour has to be cancelled because of the natural disaster or the government restrictions that is beyond both parties control, we will charge only USD50 per person, this is just the service fee and larbor fee during the preparation. This is a rare occurrence!
Know Before your Go
Guaranteed to Go
This group tour is guaranteed to depart as soon as 2 people are booked. If there is no tour departing on your preferred date, you can also inquiry the tour and we will help you find more travelers to join in.
Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with 3rdpoletour you will experience the vast array of wonderful local food that is only available in the places we visit. We have most of the breakfast in the hotels except for the camping; for the long-driving and transportation day the lunches are included as well; the featured local flavor dinner is arranged as well in some places. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs, although in some remote areas the choice maybe very limited. Generally, the food in the plateau areas is worse than in the morden cities of the plains, but it's much cheaper, about 3~10 dollars one person one meal. No group dinner.
For the Meals not included in the trip price, we would like to leave you a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, when and what to eat. Our trip leader will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited.
In most of the 3rdpole area (Western Sichuan, Yunnan, Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang and Gansu) they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guest houses in stunning locations, and rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. But we guarantee to arrange the best local hotels for our guests. The accommodation condition of every night is shown on the itinerary description, please refer for the details.
All Sichuan group tours (of 4 people or more) are accompanied by one of our professional English-speaking trip leaders who are different from the tour guides you may book from most of the online China travel agencies. Our trip leaders are trained strictly and they are not allowed to take guests to commission shopping factories. All of them are our full-time staff and work 8 hours every day in our office to do the editing and website friendly design when they don't have the trip on the road. Not like most agencies who pay their guides and themselves with commision earnings, we put the cost of paying our guides a good wage straight into the tour price so they are happy and not reliant on guests spending money shopping to earn their own salaries. Thus they concentrate on your needs and being the best hosts to you that possibly can.
They know the areas like their backyards and have explored like hundreds of times. With a experience of more than ten years, everyone of them has served more than hundreds of guests from all over the world. They are responsible, trustworthy and have their own life experience and story to share which will add more fun and safety to your trip in the plateau highland.
Note: For the small group with 2 to 3 people, there is an experienced driver who can speak a little English, but no Trip leader.
We include all transportation during the trip except for the international flight or train, although you need to pay by yourself for the horse riding, cablecar, and more that are not included in the price quotation in some destinations.
We will be using a variety of types of vehicle on our trips, mainly depending on the number of your group. Land cruiser 4WD is the most popular vehicle in 3rdpole tourism that is suitable for rocky and bumpy road in off-the-bitten-path. Capacity of the vehicle is 4 passengers and bags can kept in the trunk. Most of our land cruiser are almost brand new. The van and mini-bus are mostly used for groups ranging from 5 to 15 people, and most of the vans and mini-buses are pretty new and in a very good condition. Buses are mostly used for bigger groups ranging from 20-40 people.
Our drivers are professional and always consider the safety and comfortable as the priority, although most of them don't speak English. It is our company policy to provice you with unlimited free drinking water, an air pillow and a headscarf for each one to make your driving more relaxing and comfortable.
Your trip leader is the one you could contact at the first place, should you need to contact us during a situation of dire need. If for any reasion you do not receive a satisfied answer, please call or email your travel consultant who organized the trip for you, and they will assist you 7/24. Our office number is 028-8522698, open 7/24.
Visa & Travel Pemit
Except Tibet, you can travel all of the destinations and cities of 3rdpole region with only a Chinese visa. For a visit to Tibet, we will apply for a Tibet travel permit for you in advance.
Tipping for your trip leader and driver is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with them who have assisted you on your tour. Tipping is appreciated if they did an excellent job for you.
High Altitude Sickness
Average altitude in 3rdpole area is more than 2000M, and you may be worried about the altitude sickness. We prepare the medicine to reduce high altitude sickness symptoms. Please load this page to read the detailed information about the 3rdpole elevation and high altitude sickness.
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