Yuanyang is located at Southern Yunnan,the elevation is around 3500 meter and above
Kunming to YuanYang
Kunming to YuanYang by express bus(7-8 hours)Yuan106 around 370km
Hekou to YuanYang via Vietnam
Lao Cai(Vietnam immigration)-crossover the bridge to Hekou (China immigration)
As you exit Hekou immigration ,turn left,then walk about 100m to the bus terminal on your left side.
Bus schdule:6.30am.9.30am.10.00am to YuanYang.The travel time(168km) is around 5 hours by 17 passengers mini bus(.Due to poor passenger load)
Your final destination is XinJiezhen to see the padi terrace.
There are plenty of budget hotels at XinJiezhen to cater to your accommodation.
The best hotel(3*)is Yunti Hotel and Yunti Shungie Hotel.
Local food is plentiful and very cheap as compared with other parts of China
Local transport to see the various padi terrace
(a)motorized trishaw-Yuan150 /vehicle good for 2 passengers load
(b)minivan-for 7-8 passengers load for Yuan 250/vehicles
Standard travel schedule
(!)5-50am to 12pm,time to see sunrise
(!!12-4 break period
(!!!)4pm to 7pm,time to see sunset
Morning market at various local village:where you will mingle with the local and ethnic minority with very colorful costume.
Southern China is rice country,most noodles are rice based.
There are few bakeries around this town
BBQ Tofu & meat,available from morning until 2am
Plenty of street vendors serving the above and noodles.
Meat:Fish,pork,beef,internal organs are easily available
Local produce.Mainly agriculture based.:Rice,Tea,maize ,mushroom and vegetable.
No factory around:The air and water is virtually pollution free
Tourism:just picking up: still a non touristy destination yet.
Photography:Very scenic ,a heaven for photographer
Trekking:Can be arranged
Best time to visit:December through April:
Other time also OK
Ethnic minority:Hani,Dai,Miao,Yao and Zhuang
Rail transport:Not available yet
Air transport:Not available yet