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“Wonderful vistas of color”
Review of Dongchuan Red Land

Dongchuan Red Land
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2 Days Kunming Dongchuan Red Land Photography Tour
Ranked #4 of 187 things to do in Kunming
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Reviewed February 13, 2015

Situated about 4 hrs from Kunming City, DongChuan is a relatively un-commercialized part of Yunnan. Famed for the reddish earth which lends beautiful and contrasting hues against the quiltwork of farmed land and surrounding mountains, DongChuan offers truly colorful and spectacular scenery along with a chance to explore the colorful rural lifestyle of the tribal people of the area. It isn’t unusual to see farmers tilling the fields with their animals and transporting their wares with their horse carts along the roads. The central market is a bustling hive of activity, with farmers trading live stock like fowl and piglets along with fresh produce, clothing, housewares and food too. Mothers with their babies strapped across their backs is a common sight as well. It certainly merits a visit and is most active until around noon, although I understand it doesn't operate every day.

Your guide should be able to bring you to cover the various sites to view the variations in scenery but the one that shouldn’t be missed is 落霞沟, which is by far the most spectacular. Sunrise and sunset are also good times to experience nuances in the color palette of the land. We stayed in what seems to be typical accomodation in a 3 to 4 storey guesthouse which was basically furnished but comfortable, with aircon and heated water. Food was cooked by the guesthouse and was simple but quite delicious, especially the fresh vegetables and cured meats. There was nothing to do after nightfall and although there was wifi, it was very slow.

For the photographer, this area will be like a kid’s playground and the casual traveller is well advised to bring a camera that can take panoramas to cover the wide vistas. Starting early, one full day might be enough to cover the main areas but a casual two days to soak in the rural atmosphere would be ideal. There are signs the mainstream tourism industry is starting to make inroads here so the things will change but for now, it’s still wonderfully rustic.

Date of experience: January 2015
11  Thank Tantiko
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Reviewed January 25, 2015

Provided a wonderful and scenic background that is extremely suitable for photography. The colors change with the season, and for me maybe the most beautiful period was mid autumn. If you are looking for more natural beauty like this, you could try Mu Cang Chai in Vietnam.

Date of experience: March 2014
2  Thank Michelle E
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Reviewed December 28, 2014

One of the best attractions near Kunming. It is quite far from Kunming City, and would require a change of bus. If traveling independently, be informed that there is only one public bus a day, and once you reach the place you'll have to wait until the next morning to return.

There are several hotels spread out in the area far apart from each other. Once you have decided a hotel, it would be good to find a group of people and hire a driver to take you to each of the lookout points, about 10 or so in total. Be sure to bargain with him.

Date of experience: January 2014
7  Thank Daniel S
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Reviewed December 12, 2014

This is a must visit venue for all photography enthusiasts. Every season offers different colours and scenic views. We were there in late November and even though some of the crops have been harvested, the landscape was still stunning.

We left immediately from the airport upon arrival on an evening flight. It took us more than 3 hours through dark winding roads before finally arriving at our guesthouse named Hong Tu Qing Yuan. We had a late but delicious dinner and hospitality here was super.

Sunrise viewing was at 6 am and we went to Damankan where a small crowd had already gathered. The sunrise did not disappoint as the red and orange hues lit up the hills in front of us. The freezing cold and crisp fresh air made this a memorable morning for us. On our way back for breakfast, we stopped at a couple of viewpoints like Luo Xia Guo, Qi Cai Po, Jinxiuyuan, Huashitou and Yueliangtian. At some spots, ice had already formed on the ground.

We left by noon and stopped on our way out for more photographs. This is definitely the place for clean fresh air, fabulous views and superb colour landscapes. It is still untouched, free entry and even though a distance to drive worth the journey. A place not to be missed. A true photographers haven.

Date of experience: November 2014
6  Thank nellielim
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Reviewed December 10, 2014

Most people only stayed overnight at the Red Land. That was also my original plan but I like the hoteI so much that I ended up staying for three nights and enjoyed the very scenic walks of the area. It's a beautiful courtyard hotel with expensive wooden furniture and tasteful decorations. I think worth a visit even if you are not staying there. Twin/double room Rmb398 and two-bedroom for Rmb988. The most expensive in Dongchuan, but well worth it. They raise pigs and grow their own vegetables. Delicious organic meals! 红土地山居酒店 138 8818 2740. Not sure if it has an English name though! Lucky to get a good driver too. Mr. Ho 153 0885 5065. Nice and honest guy with a very clean new car.

Date of experience: December 2014
9  Thank Mandyfifi
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