Capture "God's Palette of Colors"
3-Day Kunming and Dongchuan Red Land Tour
Only the red land in Brazil can rival it. The rich iron deposits in the soil have been gloriously exposed for thousands of years as local people worked on this land generation after generation. This is Dongchuan Red Land — "the palette of colors placed on Earth by God".
On this 3-day Kunming and Dongchuan Red Land tour, you will visit the highlights of Kunming City and then head north for the unique landscape of colorful earth. Enjoy the most artistic sunrise and sunset shoots, and also encounter authentic rural life photo ops on China's greatest red land.
Tour 'Wow' Points
Maximize Your 2 Days to Photograph Dongchuan Red Land at 5+ Viewing Points
Your local guide will take you to the right places at the right times for the big scenic area's best shots.
Prepare your camera and take photos of beautiful views at sunrise and sunset.
Visit the Earliest Guanyin Temple with 1,200 Years of History
Discover the three main branches of Buddhism in one temple: Chinese, Tibetan, and Theravada Buddhism.
You can also burn incense and make a wish (prayer) there like a local.
Record Locals' Daily Life with Your Camera at Green Lake Park
Feel local people's happiness when they dance in traditional dress together.
China Highlights' Special Discovery Experiences
Take some photos of local life at beautiful Beihe Village, which is generally not visited by tourists.
Taste Dongchuan-grown baked potatoes with their 18 home-made sauces and pickles.
Why Choose Us
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- 1-to-1 travel expert
- Vaccinated guides
- Private Rides
Your Trip is Perfectly Planned.
- Less crowded
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- No cancellation fee (up to 22 days before departure)
- Free changes
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2. Work out your unique plan with 1 to 1 expert advice
Kunming - well worth a visit.
An excellent visit to Kunming. The stone forest was spectacular, though there were a lot of steps and even with my hiking poles I has to give up on some areas. The city itself is vibrant and really interesting. Many thanks to my brilliant guide, Sophie, who understood my limitations and adapted the itinerary accordingly.more
Nov 2023, Hilary P
Impressive Experience with China Highlights
My recent experience with China Highlights, with Roger Li as liaison on my inquiry for Yunnan tour, confirms to the overwhelming positive reviews posted here, about their excellent prompt services, flexible accommodation for tour itineraries, and hardworking tour guides. I am very impressed and will most definitely look up to China Highlights for future tours to China and beyond. Thank you Roger Li for your personal attention, hard work and prompt services. Bravo!more
Sep 2023, A Tan
Can't wait for my Kunming Trip!
I've been working with Roger Li on my Kunming, China trip for the past month. Roger has been very knowledgeable and responsive to all my questions. Furthermore, he has been very helpful in making sure our itinerary makes sense and is able to make changes per our needs. I am looking forward to the upcoming trip!more
Aug 2023, T. Lee
This is the second time that I engage China Highlights to plan for my vacation to China.The Travel Advisor, Roger Li, attended to my enquiry and followed through my questions diligently. He was responsive to making recommendations regarding the itinerary and assisting with my application for the China visa.more
Jul 2023, Sal
7 day Yunnan tour including Kunming, Dali, Shaxi, Lijiang old town, Yulong Sniw mountain, Tiger leap canyon
Rapid response from the travel advisor, flexible and personalized travel itinerary based on your needs,super friendly and Knowledgeable tour guides(Doyle at Kunming, Daisy at Laliand ShaXi, Alice at Lijiang region,comfortable and worry free ride by SUV from pick up fromAirport to send to Airport. Authentic local food and dishes for lunch. No forced shopping. I would highly recommend China Heighlights to all my friends, especially for overseas visitors.more
Jul 2023, Connie Sun
The trip is pretty smooth and the tour…
The trip is pretty smooth and the tour guides are all pretty flexible and knowledgeable about the area. I really like Daisy during the trip. She is our tour guide at Dali. I made a comment that we would like to go to three tower and the temple and she arranged it right away. I think that is a good experience for foreigners and young kids as the site is unique and is historically important.more
Jun 2023, bin
Yunnan 5 days tour awesome !
Since the moment I have requested a quotation till the very last minute of our trip, everything was amazing: guides, that were always available and so responsive to our questions/requests, cars for transportation,hotels,visits to different places. Besides Yunnan is a beautiful Chinese province that offers lots of amazing places to visit:Stone forest, Jade Dragon mountain, Snow Mountain and blue moon valley, etc My husband and I, we have had a great tour in Yunnan visiting Kunming Dali and LiJiang. So trustable and outstanding services to enjoy your holiday. We would like to specially thank you CHIN in Kunming that was at the beginning and ending of our amazing trip sharing with us a lot of information DAISY in Dalí. We had such a great time with her. She is so passionate for sharing her knowledge. We had a lot of fun with her ALICE in Lijiang so nice lady and opened to our requestsmore
Great customer service
The best part of this experience was Roger Li. He answered all of my questions and kept in contact with me while planning my outing. I made several changes and he was able to accommodate all of them. I would recommend the company and ask for Roger Li. He was great!more
Jun 2023, David Rumsey
Best Decision Engaging China Highlights - Yunnan
Local guide from Kunming @ 程靖淇 is calm , well mannered and accommodated all the ladies whims and fancies ??as we were very overwhelmed with the harsh afternoon.more
May 2023, Sherwee
Excellent Tour of Yunnan
China Highlights prepared an excellent trip for us in Yunnan. Murphy, Frank, Lily and Daniel were amazing! They were kind, knowledgeable and went above and beyond to make our trip enjoyable! We had the same driver for our time in Dali to Shangri-La and he was fantastic. He was kind, respectful and focused on the safety of his passengers! I would absolutely book another trip with these guides and driver. Thank you for a wonderful trip!more
Aug 2021, Ashley Meadows
What a memorable and smooth trip with China Highlights! I will most definitely be choosing China Highlights for my next adventure. My friend and I organized two private trips with them back to back, one through Qinghai/Gansu and this one through Yunnan. I give both experiences five stars. As for our Yunnan tour specifically, I believe that this trip is well-worth its value. How awesome is it to just “show up” and have everything organized for you, with friendly guides and drivers to take you where you need to go, explaining all you need to know along the way. The trip was seamless and well-organized, and accommodations were comfortable even when choosing the more economical options. We opted for the 8 day trip (the first and last day of which were arrival and departure, so 6 true days of sightseeing). This included Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, and Shangri-la. If you are okay with a high-paced trip, this is a great option to see the main highlights in a short time.more
Aug 2021, ruth_charity
Family of 6 travelling in Dali
I was part of a family of 6 traveling through Yunnan for 8 days. The trip organised by China Highlights was well planned and took into account our specific interests area which were photography, DIY classes and culture.Our guide in Dali, Daisy Shi, took care of us well with her knowledge of the local ways, sights and in particular her thoughtfulness to my aged parents who were part of the group. Thanks to her for our wonderful stay in Dali and we hope to make a longer stay in Dali.more
Nov 2023, Nay
What a fantastic and flawless job done
What a fantastic and flawless job done by China highlights to arrange our 18 days tour of Yunnan province and Tibet area. It was our second trip with China Highlights. Our guides and drivers were great and helpful in all aspects in all cities we visited.In Kunming our guide "Ms. May" and driver "Jack" were exceptional .They were very professional and also very compassionate and very willing to take care of our personal needs beyond their line of job. Same was our guide in Dali "Ms. Daisy"In general we really enjoyed our trip with China highlights .Maria & J. KhanOrlando, Floridamore
Oct 2023, Maria
Dali with Daisy
We had a great time in Dali together with our very caring and amazing guide Daisy. She accommodated to all our interest - especially in learning more about local crafts and took us to an interesting die tie house. And we learned a lot about the Bai culture from her. Daisy is also a great photographer and took the most beautiful memories of us during our visit.more
Sep 2023, Simone
Amazing Time in Dali & Sanxixi
我与家人非常开心的享受Daisy(China Highlights)在Dali 和 Sanxi 的导游服。她亲切又仔细的讲解给我们听并有问必答。She has made an extra effort to walk extra miles to give us wonderful experience. Daisy, thank you for everything. 有您在真好！more
Aug 2023, CK
Thank you 施小梅（shixiaomei)
My family and I had the pleasure of 施小梅（shixiaomei)‘s tour guide services in Dali and Shaxi. She was attentive, caring, knowledgeable about local history and constantly walking the extra mile to give us a wonderful experience. We have enjoyed our stay in Dali and Shaxi because of her.more
Aug 2023, Molly
Wonderful trip to Dali
Our trip to Dali was led by Daisy. It was such a beautiful city, rich in nature, culture, history, and of course good food. We were really lucky to be paired with Daisy - she was such a warm-hearted, thoughtful, and flexible guide. She was incredibly attentive to our energy levels throughout the day, knew so much about Yunnan’s history, and even led us tea tasting when it wasn’t originally on the itinerary. We are grateful for the chance to visit the beautiful Dali and to have Daisy guide us, and we would definitely use China Highlights for future tripsmore
Jul 2023, Amy Y
Nancy Lee - China Highlights , Professional Guide
I am impressed by Nancy Lee’s professionalism. She has high energy , thoughtful , eloquent and resourceful and execute well in all our requests . She is detailed and highly recommend her excellent service to all who visit Yunnan . To add on, Nancy has excellent skills in photo taking! Driver Tang is very helpful , thoughtful and has a great sense of humour . I enjoyed my Dali , Shaxi trip from 17-20April 23 and will definitely engaged Nancymore
Apr 2023, Beautifoo
Enjoyable and memorable trip
Personally, we are very happy and fortunate to have Nancy been appointed as our dedicated local guide to both, Shaxi and Dali. Nancy is very professional, helpful, resourceful and thoughtful guide which made our ladies’ trip a very enjoyable and memorable. We love ? her.more
Apr 2023, Jane Foo
Unforgettable Yunan trip
We have a wonderful tour guide Ms Nancy Lee who make our trip so memorable. She is so knowledgeable with China History, a great facilitator.and very professional. Nancy is very accommodative and goes all way out to make our trip a fun and interesting. We will also want to express our gratitude to Mr Tang, our driver who is so attentive, makes us laugh and entertain us with great songs and jokes. They looked after us on a five days trip to Shaxi and Dali. We will definitely engage their services again when we are back. Fantastic experience! Highly recommend to use China Highlights.more
Apr 2023, Patricia T
Itinerary Quick Look
Here is a suggested itinerary. We are happy to customize a tour according to your interests.
Meet your private guide at the airport. Visit Yuantong Temple, and see the three main branches of Buddhism — Chinese Buddhism, Tibetan Buddhism, and Theravada Buddhism — meet together there. Walk around Green Lake Park, where you are likely to find local people in traditional dress dancing together. You are welcome to join them.
Drive from Kunming to Dongchuan. Have a lunch in a local restaurant and try the famous snacks of Dongchuan.
The key to touring Dongchuan Red Land (photography-wise) is visiting the right place at the right time. Enjoy the views and take pictures at Luoxiagou and Luosiwan in the late afternoon. Capture the sunset at Wafang Liangzi and catch the sunset glow at Yuepuao after sunset.
See a sunrise at Damakan and then take pictures at Jinxiuyuan and Qichapo. Take the chance to photograph local life in a photogenic and peaceful traditional village — Beihe Village, a place generally not visited by travelers, on the way back to Kunming. Not listed as a Dongchuan attraction, Beihe is an untouched village set against the background of a red-field hill.
We'll get you back to Kunming airport for your departure.
—the Icing on the Cake
Boutique hotels are recommended to enrich your travel experience.
- Private air-conditioned business car with big windows and ample space
- English speaking local guide
- Activities, hotels, and meals listed in the itinerary
- 24/7 helpline for while you are traveling
Tour code: km-5