Kunming Tours
4-day Yuanyang & Stone Forest Photograph Tour

4-day Yuanyang & Stone Forest Photograph Tour

By 51 Adventures
This 4 Days Photography Tour combines the most stunning landscapes of Yunnan's natural wonders with ancient culture. From the capital city of Kunming you'll go to the nearby Stone Forest, UNESCO World Heritage Site covering a vast area of Karst formations, to then continue to the world famous Yuanyang's Rice Terraces and the charming old town of Jianshui. Yuanyang’s Rice Terraces of the Hani ethnic minority is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and they attract numerous photography-lovers all year round. During Fall, when the rice rapes, the field turns to be  During the winter months, the terraces are filled with water, every single one of them reflecting the sky, offering dreamlike landscapes as the light changes during the day. Certainly, the winter months from Dec. to March would be the best time to visit Yuanyang.
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 0-75
Duration: 4 days
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Live guide: English

  • Accommodation including breakfast (as per chosen category, based on twin-bed room for 2 pax)
  • Private transportation and transfers, including pick-up and drop-off, with skilled driver
  • Meals listed in the itinerary
  • 2 bottles of drinking water per day
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 24/7 English speaking customer service
  • All taxes, fees and handling charge
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Bottled water
What's not included
  • Flight tickets
  • Chinese visa
  • Meals not listed in the program
  • Dynamic Yunnan Show tickets
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for tour guide and driver (not requested, but highly appreciated)
  • Surcharges for upgrades from standard twin-bed rooms to double-bed rooms

  • Kunming, Kunming, Yunnan
Pickup details
  • Location Name: Your hotel in Kunming city Return Location: Your hotel in Kunming or Kunming airport
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Infant seats available
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 53097P4

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • 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
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 53097P4

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    5.0 of 5 bubbles1 review
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    York, UK185 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2018 • Couples
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