Dongchuan Red Soil
Dongchuan Red Soil is located in the southeast side with more than 40km away from Kunming City. This area boasts the most typical and featured red soil in Yunnan highland. Experts regard it as the second marvelous red land in the world following the one in Rio Brazil.
Although discovered in the mid 1990s, the exact location is kept secret among few Chinese photographers who scooped award-winning photos here. People who have been the first time to visit this land will be deeply impressive by the gorgeous scenes. Lands in deep red, purple, bright red, etc… cover thousands of mountains. When wind blows, the plants in fields wave tenderly. It is a colorful picture drew by the nature. Viewing it from away, it looks like a oil painting more than a Chinese painting.
Photo genetic, breathtaking, wonderful are not big words to describe this land. Those strong colors of red, white, yellow, green, gold, and blue, remind people of Van Gough’s oil paintings. The real Van Goughs are the local peasants, who are the painters and artists of this natural picture. They plough, they grow, they harvest, but meanwhile, not on purpose, that they created the most beautiful land oil painting in the world. This land is becoming once of the most beloved paradise by the photographers and fans of the world.
Dongchuan Red Land Travel Tips
Features: Photography, natural scenery
Best time to visit
the best time to have a photography tour is between the middle May and the early June, the middle October and November. Otherwise, Dongchuan in snow weather will show a different style, but roads may be blocked due to the frozen days.
How to get there:
► Route 1: Kunming-Huagou
Kunming North Bus Station: Fazhe-bound buses departing at 8:00 & 14:00 daily pass by Huashitou Village. Just try to let the driver know that you want to get off at Huagou. Bear in mind that the bus moves on extremely slowly and it takes 5~6 hours to arrive, as there are a few chaotic local markets along the road.
► Route 2: Kunming-Dongchuan-Huagou
Kunming Eastern Bus Station(Dongjv Qichezhan): frequent buses run to Dongchuan County from 6:30am to 10pm / 3.5hrs; There are only 2 buses from Dongchuan County to Red Soil at 8:30 & 12:50:00, 1.5hrs. Charter a van if you missed the scheduled buses.
► Route 3:Kunming-Huagou
Chartering a vehicle from Kunming to Huagou costs.
There are lots of guesthouses in Dongchuan. Most of them are ran by locals and located around the bus stations.
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