Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour

4 Day Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour around Kunming and the Terraces!

Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour

(4 Day Yunnan Tour -Private Tour)

​Join our team for this 4 Day Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour featuring the Stone Forest and Yunnan’s famous Yuanyang Rice Terraces. Our Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour includes incredible natural scenery, UNESCO heritage sites, an insight into local cultures and magnificent sightseeing. The Yunnan Rice Terraces Tour is a perfect tour for visitors looking to experience the main attractions within Yunnan Province.
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​Tour Highlights:

  • Visit the UNESCO world heritage site at the Shilin Stone Forest;
  • Visit and explore the UNESCO listed Yuanyang Rice Terraces;
  • Overlook both the sunrise and sunset at the fantastic Yuanyang Rice Terraces;
  • Go back in time and discover the fabulous ancient town located at Jianshui;
  • Explore hiddren villages throughout Yunnan Province including TuanshanXingmen and Qingkou;

Tour Itinerary:

All times outlined below are approximates as the tour is a private tour, time is flexible & subject to change
Day 1 – Stay overnight in Shilin
  • 9:00 am: Meet at your Kunming Hotel
  • 9:00 am – 10:30 am: Transfer to Shilin 
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Local Lunch in Shilin
  • 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Explore Shilin Stone Forest
  • 3:30: Depart from Shilin Stone Forest
  • 3:30 pm: Transfer to Shilin Hotel
  • 4:00 pm: Check-in to Shilin Hotel
  • 5:00 pm onwards: Evening at leisure
Day 2 – Stay overnight in Yuanyang Rice Terraces
  • 9:00 am: Meet at your Shilin Hotel Lobby
  • 9:00 am – 1:30 pm: Transfer to Yuanyang Rice Terraces
  • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch (not included)
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Visit Badu Rice Terraces
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Visit Qingkou Village
  • 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Sunset at Laohuzui
  • 7:00 pm: Transfer to Yuanyang Hotel
  • 7:30 pm: Evening at leisure
Day 3 – Stay overnight in Jianshui
  • 6:00* am: Meet at your Yuanyang Hotel Lobby (* dependent upon sunrise time)
  • ​6:30 am: Sunrise at Duoyishu Village
  • 8:00 am – 9:00 am: Visit a local market in Shengcun
  • 9:00 am: Depart Shengcun
  • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Transfer to Jianshui with stop at Tuanshan
  • 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Visit Confucian Temple and Zhu’s Family Garden
  • 4:00 pm onwards: Evening at leisure
Day 4 – Stay overnight in Kunming/END OF TOUR
  • 9:00 am: Meet at your Jianshui Hotel Lobby
  • 9:00 am – 10:00 am: Explore Jianshui Ancient Town
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 am: Tofu-Workshop at Jianshui
  • 11:00 am: Lunch (not included)
  • 12:00 pm: Depart Jianshui
  • 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm: Transfer from Jianshui to Kunming
  • 3:30 pm: Transfer to Kunming Hotel or Airport or Train Station
  • 4:00 pm onwards: Afternoon at leisure/END OF TOUR


Please note, if you’d like to find out the latest pricing for our Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour, please contact us directly.

Tour Inclusion:

The above Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour includes the following :

Private MPV Van Transportation: 

  • All petrol/gas, van rental, highway tolls, parking fees & driver’s fees throughout entire tour route as above;​
  • Driver’s Accommodation throughout tour;

Entrance/Attraction Fees: 

  • All entrance tickets per the above activities requiring entrance fees;​​

Tour Guiding Fees: 

  • Professional (Fully-licensed) English speaking tour guide;​​
  • Tour Guide’s Accommodation throughout tour;

Tour Exclusions:

The above Yuanyang Rice Terraces Tour excludes the following :


  • For this private tour, no meals are included (unless mentioned) within the tour pricing but our guide will assist you with options and recommendations based on your preferences;

Please note, different cuisine is available based upon your specific preferences 🙂


  • Please note, we don’t require ‘x’ amount to be paid by clients on a daily basis to tour guide/driver or force tipping. However, gratuities are greatly appreciated at the conclusion of tour by guide/driver only if service is excellent.


  • Accommodation, flights, travel insurance and any other person expenses during tour;

Detailed Tour Itinerary:

Pre-Tour – Stay overnight in Kunming
Arrive into Kunming the day before your tour is scheduled to begin in preparation of your private tour from Kunming to Guiyang. Visitors have the option to watch the Dynamic Yunnan show in the evening (additional fee), if interested. Otherwise, enjoy the evening at leisure in Kunming prior to your tour.

Day 1 – Stay overnight in Shilin
To commence the tour, your tour guide will meet you at your Kunming Hotel Lobby. The first stop is the Shilin Stone Forest and it takes approximately 1.5 x hours from Kunming to the Stone Forest. In 2007, the Shilin Stone Forest Scenic Area was listed as one of Yunnan’s UNESCO world heritage sites. It’s home to a unique type of karst landform and offers spectacular views overlooking the landscape. Following the visit to the Stone Forest, you’ll be transferred to your hotel in Shilin to enjoy the evening at leisure. 

Day 2 – Stay overnight in Yuanyang Rice Terraces
During the morning, you’ll depart from your Shilin Hotel and be transferred to the Yuanyang Rice Terraces.  From Shilin, you’ll drive approximately 300 kilometers to the Yuanyang Rice Terraces Scenic Area and it takes 4.5 x hours. Upon arriving, you’ll see one of Yunnan Province’s most famous attractions – the UNESCO listed Yuanyang Rice Terraces.

The first stop is a visit to the Bada Rice Terraces, offering spectacular bird’s eye views overlooking the enormous terraced valley below. Thereafter, stopover and visit Qingkou village before enjoying the views from Laohuzui. This is the best viewpoint for sunset where visitors can watch the different colors reflecting on the terraces. Afterwards, transfer to your Yuanyang Rice Terraces hotel to enjoy the evening at leisure.

Day 3 – Stay overnight in Jianshui
To begin the day (early!), you’ll meet your tour guide and driver at your Yuanyang Rice Terraces Hotel and start the tour by visiting a scenic viewpoint overlooking Duoyishu Village to enjoy the sunrise views overlooking the Rice Terraces.  Afterwards, visit a nearby local market at Shengcun to discover ethnic minority villagers daily lives (the Hani and Yi ethnic minorities live here and it’s a non-tourist market).

Following the market visit, depart the Yuanyang Rice Terraces and travel to Jianshui – this takes approximately 3.5 x hours. Along the way, you’ll stopover at the Tuanshan Village – an ancient Chinese village leftover from the Qing dynasty and featuring incredible architecture, cobbled lanes and a different experience.

Upon arriving into Jianshui, we’ll explore this Ancient town including some of it’s highlights – the Confucius Temple and the Zhu’s Family Garden. Incredibly, the Confucius temple in Jianshui is the second largest of its type across all of China!

​Jianshui has a history of over 1200 years, retaining its traditional town architecture. Afterwards, travel to your Jianshui hotel where you will check-in to your hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. Visitors can also explore the town during the evening and our guide will assist with restaurant recommendations/translation/assistance.

Day 4 – Stay overnight in Kunming/END OF TOUR Meet your tour guide in the morning at your Jianshui Hotel and further explore the Jianshui Ancient Town during the morning. We will also explore a tofu-making demonstration as this is a famous local cuisine within this region. Afterwards, depart from Jianshui towards Kunming. The total travel duration from Jianshui to Kunming is approximately 3.5 x hours so you would expect to arrive back into Kunming in the early afternoon. Visitors can be dropped off at any Kunming City Hotel or alternatively, if preferred, we can also drop you off at Kunming Airport or any of the railway stations to conclude the tour. END OF TOUR.

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