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As we wait for my delayed flight in Shanghai bound for Yunnan (云南), I decided to post my scheduled itinerary. The flight was scheduled to leave at 8:45 PM, but that deadline has passed and I’, still waiting for the flight. Chinese New Year is approaching and I basically planned a last-minute trip to Yunnan Province.

We fly into Kunming arriving around 2:00 AM on February 8th and pick up the rental car around noon. Over the next two days, we’ll visit Stone Forest and then Dongchuan Red Land which is also referred to as “God’s palette.” On Saturday, February 10th, we’ll drive six hours south to Yuanyang to visit the rice terraces for a few days.

After the rice terraces is another drive further south to the town of Xishuangbanna which borders Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and a very tiny portion of Tibet. We will experience winter and summer temperatures over the next ten days. There is a lot to see, a lot of driving scheduled, and thousands of photos waiting to be captured.

I plan to post a short update on this blog every day and several photos of the day. Be sure to follow me on Facebook to get these updates.

10-Day Yunnan Province Road-Trip

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
To Kunming (PVG – KMG)
20:45 – 00:35 – It’s delayed.

Day 1: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Stone Forest (
石林) (~1-hour drive)
Address: Shilin Town, Shilin County, Kunming, 652211, China

Day 2: Friday, February 9, 2018
Dongchuan Red Land (东川红土地) (2 ~ 3 hours’ drive)
Huashitou Country, Dongchuan District, Kunming 654109, China

Terrace Areas:

  • Damakan Village(打马坎): Best Sunrise
  • Qicaipo (七彩坡, Seven-Color Slope)
  • Jinxiu Yuan (锦绣园, Embroidery Garden)
  • Luoxiagou (落霞沟, Sunset Valley): Best Sunset
  • Yuepuao (乐谱凹, Music Hollow)

Day 3: Saturday, February 10, 2018
Kunming – Yuanyang, Xinjie Town (5 ~ 6 hours)

Day 4: Sunday, February 11, 2018
YuanYang Rice Terraces
100 RMB (4 places for 3 days)

1) Duoyishu Rice Terraces
– Best Spot for Sunrise
2) Bada Rice Terraces
– Best Spot for Sunset

Day 5: Monday, February 12, 2018
3) Laohuzui Rice Terraces
(Mengpin Rice Terraces)
4) Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village

Day 6: Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Xinjie Town – Xishuangbanna (~7 hours)

Day 7: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tropical Rainforest of Xishuangbanna

Day 8: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Back-trail mountain hiking

Day 9: Friday, February 16, 2018
Xishuangbanna – Kunming (~7 hours)

Day 10: Saturday, February 17, 2018
To Shanghai (KMG – PVG)
18:45 – 22:05 (We’ll see…..)

Above is the planned road-trip to Yunnan that I planned last Sunday. It’s nothing fancy, the hotels are cheap, but there is beautiful countryside to photograph. I am looking forward to sharing my journey with you. Be sure to follow me on Facebook to get daily trip  updates.