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ITINERARY

Kunming - Jianshui - Yuanyang - Kunming : 7 days

This is a private tour with your own personal driver, English speaking guide and private air-conditioned vehicle.

Get ready to be wowed by nature and ancient China. The scenery of Yunnan is beyond words and has long been a photographers' haven for this very reason. The ancient rice terraces of Yuanyang were carved by hand by the Hani people and are a masterpiece of ingenuity. At different times of the year and day their colours change dramatically creating a mosaic of natural beauty - make sure you have your camera charged and ready. Visit more of the region including the incredible Stone Forest of Kunming and ancient towns and villages of the Yunnan region - Jianshui, Tuanahan and Qingkou. This is one very special China tour. 

The best time to travel on this tour is from November to February when the rice fields are at their prettiest. 

Travelbay tip: Add this package on to any one of our China tours.

Travelbay Private Tours can cater for any size group but it will only be YOUR group and we will provide a suitably sized vehicle. You can select any date of your choice (with very few exclusions and please give us 30 days notice). We think these tours are very special and hope you will too!

* Price includes 6 nights' accommodation, 10 meals, private vehicle and driver, transfers, guides, and more. Price does not include international flights to and from China.

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to Kunming are approximately $900-$1100 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw!

We also offer many other China tours including private and custom tours – you are welcome to combine tours if you would like to stay longer. Please contact us with any questions for more information. 

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Day 1: Arrival in Kunming

Upon arriving in Kunming, your tour guide and driver will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax, or step out onto the city for a little adventure of your own.

Overnight in Kunming: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel - Standard Double Room (3 Star)

Day 2: The Stone Forest of Kunming

No trip to Kunming is complete without a visit to the amazing Stone Forest. After breakfast you will be collected by your guide and driver for the 1.5 hour drive to Shilin, the Stone Forest. Walk through the site and marvel at the 270 million year old limestone karst formation of tightly bundled rocky outcrops - it has to be seen to be believed. The stones are oddly shapes with many intricate formations in the shapes of pagodas, mushrooms, animals and even humans! 

Continue on to Jianshui (approximately 3.5 hour drive) where you will be taken to your hotel. Spend the afternoon at your leisure.   

Overnight in Jianshui: Lin An Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3: Ancient China in Jianshui

Today is a day of sightseeing in the historic and cultural town of Jianshui where you can delve into ancient China. Begin with the Chaoyang Gateway Arch. The town was surrounded with a city wall and this was the Eastern Gate through which you could enter the city. Next visit Temple of Confucius, the Garden of the Family Zhu, take a walk on the Twin Dragon Bridge and discover the ancient wonders of Jianshui.

Overnight in Jianshui: Lin An Hotel - Deluxe Room (3 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 4: Ancient villages and the Rice Terraces of Yuanyang

This morning you will be driven to Tuanshan Village, also known as Zhang Family Garden. It is a surviving example of a traditional walled Yunnan village where the homes, gateways, walls and temples have been well preserved. Wander the ancient laneways and see the traditional craftsmen at work. 

From here you will be driven by your guide and driver to Yuanyang, a 3 hour drive. In the afternoon you will visit Hani ethnic minority village. With beautiful mountain scenery a narrow gravel road leads you to a charming village - Qingkou Hani Ethnic Village. The Hanis are engaged in agriculture and build their two and three storey houses of bamboo, mud, stone and wood on hill slopes. Their religion is fascinating and they are polytheists (they worship multiple Gods and deities). Rituals are regularly held to worship the Gods of Heaven, Earth, the Dragon Tree and their village, as well as their family patron gods. According to the Hani people's custom, a son's name begins with the last one or two words of his father's name in order to keep the family line going. The villages lies between the forest edge and the mountainside terraces and traditional life is on display.

Then visit the Bada terrace. From here the view of the terraced rice paddies on Bada Mountain is spectacular. This is the best place to get the sunset scenery of the rice terraces of Yuanyang. The terraces climb the mountain side as the sun sets, the colours change making it a very special experience and one where you will want your camera. 

Overnight in Yuanyang: Yun Ti Hotel - Standard Double Room (3 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 5: Explore Yuanyang and its spectacular views

This morning visit the Duoyishu Terraces, the best place to see the sunrise from the terraces (weather dependent of course). The terraces were hand built by the Hani people 2,500 years ago when they arrived to this region from the Tibetan plateaus. To avoid the top soil being washed down the mountain, the terrace wall were built, and the result was not only a viable ecosystem but a beautifully transformed mountain side. 

Visit a Yi ethnic minority village and witness their ancient customs. 

Later in the day visit the last of the best spots to view the terraces, Laohuzhui terrace and enjoy the beautiful sunset there.

Overnight in Yuanyang: Yun Ti Hotel - Standard Double Room (3 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 6: Travel back to Kunming

Today you will be driven back from Yuanyang directly to Kunming. The journey is about 6 hours and provides you with the opportunity to experience and enjoy the Chinese countryside. 

Overnight in Kunming: Kunming Jinjiang Hotel - Standard Double Room (3 Star)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 7: Time for home or onto your next adventure

Today you are free at leisure until your personal guide and private transfer will escort you to the airport for your departure flight. It's time to say goodbye.

Meals included: Breakfast 

 

Please note: there are limited hotels available in this region and we are only able to offer 3 Star accommodation. 

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 7 day tour of the Yunnan region visiting Kunming, Jianshui and Yuanyang
  • 6 nights' accommodation in 3 Star accommodation. 
  • 11 meals included (daily breakfast and lunches)
  • All transportation throughout the tour in a private vehicle - air conditioned with a personal driver. 
  • All airport transfers – your tour guide and driver will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
Highlights:
  • Visit the incredible and spectacular rice terraces of Yuanyang that cascade own the Ailao muntains to the banks of the Red River. The terraced fields are a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Site and visit the mountainside terraces in Bada, Duoyishu and Lashuzhui.  
  • Explore the Stone Forest of Kunming - a fascinating sight of strange and oddly shaped rock formations.
  • Discover ancient China in Jianshui, a friendly city with traditional architecture. 
  • Walk on the Twin Dragon Bridge just West of Jianshui. 
  • Step back in time in Tuanshan Village, a surviving example of a walled city where the ancient days do not seem that long ago. 
  • Visit the traditional village of Qingkou, an ethnic Hani minority village nestled between the forests edge and the terraced rice fields. 
  • Engage with the friendly Hani minority of the Yunnan region and discover their unique culture.  
MORE INFO

Travelbay China - 7 Day Yuanyang tour

How to get there:
This tour starts and ends in Kunming, China.  

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

Timezones:
To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

Visa information:
Most nationalities require a visa when travelling to China. You need to apply for and receive your visa before you arrive. The Chinese visa is only valid for 3 months from the date it is issued, so you cannot apply for it too soon in advance. It is typically done 4-6 weeks before departure and it normally takes 10 working days to process.

More information can be found about the application process here.

For travel as a tourist you will need an “L” type visa and you can either apply in person at one of the service centres or by post. 

You will need to fill out an application form and post this to the embassy along with your passport, passport photo, itinerary, flight details and return envelope.

Click here to download an application form. On the application form you will need to list your hotels and the name of the tour operator. We will provide you with this information after booking.

You can either pay in person at the service centre or use a Payment Authorization Form if applying by post. To download a Payment Authorisation Form, click here

For 2017, the fee for Australian passport holders for a single entry visa submitted by post was $131.50 per person. For more information about the fees, click here.

Travel Insurance:
Please note that travel insurance is compulsory for China - we are very happy to provide you with a free quote.

Tipping and Tour Guides:
A few customers have asked us about tipping and so we provide the following information for you as a guide only.

Many tour guides and drivers in China rely on tips as part of their wages. In saying this, tipping always comes down to the service you have received and is a personal matter.

The following amounts can be used as a rule of thumb and are per person as you feel:

  • For a local tour guide in a small group of 2-4 people: USD8-12 per day
  • For a driver in a small group of 2-4 people: USD4-6 per day
  • For hotel bellboys: USD2-3 dollars per day

If your group is larger, the amount each person tips the guide or driver may decrease.

Generally you will have the same guide for the duration of your stay in each city/location and you can then give an accumulated tip at the end of your time in that city. For example, for 3 nights and 2 days in Beijing for a group of 2 people, at the end of your time in Beijing you might tip the guide USD50.

The driver does not always remain the same for each location and so you may prefer to tip them daily or check with your guide as to whether you will have the same driver the next day.

If you love your guide you can of course offer more – it really is up to you.

We do realise that tipping is quite high for China and adds to the cost of your holiday. Generally speaking for a 10 Day Holiday you could budget to spend around USD150 on tipping.

Tour guides will not generally join you when eating – you are welcome to invite them though if you feel to.

Currency information:
The currency used in China is the Renminbi.

What currency to take over there is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card over there to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

Vaccination Information:
Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information.

Climate:
The region of Yuanyang has a subtropical monsoon climate and has quite mild weather year round. It has been called "Spring City" because of this. The average annual temperature is 24°C. The nights however will be cool in Spring and Winter (December to May)

Peak season: November to April when the rice fields are at their prettiest

Population of Yuanyang: 0.42 million with 0.23 million Hani People

Language: Mandarin & Hani language

Some interesting facts:
The Yuanyang rice fields that were carved 2,500 years ago by the ancestors of the Hani and Yi People have been called the most beautiful curvy lines of the world - you only have to look at the pictures, or better yet take a visit, to see why.

The rice terraces were built from hand with minimal equipment, cover 111.3 square kilometres and climb several thousand metres high. 

The terraces form a self sustaining ecosystem - in the winter and early spring the fields are irrigated with spring water from the forest above. There is only one harvest a year and at different times of the years, the landscape changes dramatically. It has long been a photographers haven. 

Travelbay Tip:

Add this tour on to any one of our China packages.

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TERMS
Terms & Conditions

Booking Process:

Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 48 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request copies of the passport for each traveller.

Very Important:

It is important to note your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received a booking confirmation from us. In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment. 

Booking Information:

  • Quoted prices are per person.
  • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
  • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel. 
    • Bookings are subject to availability.
    • Travel is not available from 24 September to 8 October 2017.
    • For travel during July and August please contact us for a quote as there will be a high season surcharge during this time. 
    • Child pricing:
      • For children under age 12 please contact us for a quote as it will depend on the size of your group. 
      • For children 12 and over: adult pricing
      • Maximum room capacity of 3.
      • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you.
      • If you have any other special requests including having a quote for a custom tour please let us know as we can make arrangements.

      Inclusions:

      • 6 nights' accommodation in 3 Star accommodation.  
      • 11 meals as per itinerary - 6 breakfasts and 5 lunches. 
      • Personal driver and private car. 
      • Free WIFI in the hotels. 
      • English speaking guide.
      • Entrance and sightseeing fees as stated in the itinerary.
      • All airport transfers.
      • All transport as per itinerary.
      • Taxes and service fees.

      Exclusions:

      • International airfares to and from China.
      • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
      • Drinks for all meals.
      • Chinese Visa fee. 
      • Tips and gratuities.
      • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
      • Excess baggage charges.
      • Travel insurance.
      • Airport VIP assistance. 
      • Optional activities and attractions as stated in the itinerary.
      • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

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