There are only 2 buses a day at 7:50am and 8:30am. There is another way to get to Dongchuan with a more flexible schedule however it will require a taxi ride to Redland after arriving in Dongchuan. I took the 7:50am bus to Fahze from Kunming North Passenger Bus Station. You can only purchase tickets on the day so punctuation is crucial. Dongchuan Redland bus tickets costs ¥38 one way. The coach had plenty of stops. Journey took 3 hours which isn't too bad.
I stayed at the Hong Tu Ren Jia Jiu Dian. For my full review of the guesthouse check out: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g298558-d6833238-Reviews-Hongtu_Renjia_Hotel-Kunming_Yunnan.html
I don't remember the names of each scenic spots. But we covered most spots in one half of an afternoon and one morning. We had plenty of rainfall during our visit however according to the locals after raining is the most beautiful time of Dongchuan red land. After raining the clouds disperses while the sun shines casting light and shadow on the red earth; what's beautiful is that it is always changing; every second is an entirely new picture. The sky also becomes incredibly blue!
Check out my blog for more details of my stay: www.judetsang.me/dongchuan-redland/
Here are some essential tips:
1. Day trip from Kunming is not recommended, unless you are on a tight schedule and do not care for taking many pictures. Hire a driver from Kunming for day trip.
2. Dongchuan Redland is free; no entrance fee.
3. There is nothing to do at night. Apart from stargazing.
4. Bring food and beverages before heading to Redland. There are hardly any stores.
5. Redland has an altitude of 1800-2600, so be careful not to do too many strenuous exercises.
6. No banks or atm in Redland. Guesthouses only accept cash, so bring enough!
7. Be careful not to step on farmlands as local farmers may charge you for trespassing.
8. It's a good idea to have all the names and addresses in Chinese script written down to make it easier for communicating if you're not fluent with Mandarin.